Chaplain Howard of the 42d Illinois approached a knot of Confederate prisoners and accosted a long, lean, lank specimen, inquiring, “My friend, have you the Gospel among you?”
“Waal, I can’t tell ye, stranger; I dunno nuthin’ about it here — don’t think we’ve got it, but I hearn that it has broke out awful bad down in Camp Douglas!” came the reply from the bewildered Rebel POW.
The Confederate thought the chaplain was talking about some infectious disease. The chagrined preacher beat a hasty retreat to his camp, where the story spread quickly.
On the third day, the Union takes the offensive – Slocum’s Corps advances past the Wheatfield.
As we approach the 145th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg this upcoming week, there are a myriad of activities planned for the Gettysburg area, including two (not one as usual) different organized reenactments, book signings, concerts, talks, ceremonies, battle walks, period balls, etc. Unfortunately, there are no scheduled public wargames in Gettysburg to my knowledge. So, we have to be content with looking at wargames done by other folks, including these shots of a Gettysburg game from Donogh McCarthy from Dublin, Ireland – very appropriate because of the Irish Brigade’s heritage in the actual battle!
Something the real general didn’t try at Gettysburg – a miniature Alfred Pleasonton leads a saber charge at oncoming Rebels by the Gettysburg Railroad.
The American Civil War was one of the first “modern” wars, with aerial reconnaissance, torpedoes, land mines, submarines, repeating or rapid fire weapons, entrenchments, mass transit using railroads, and other innovations. One thing that was timeless was the usage of heavy fortifications, particularly along the coasts and river ports. These fortresses were often targets of attacks from both land and water. Continue reading