July 6, 2021 "The Right Arm of Meade: Artillery Stories of the Union Right“
LBG Jessie Wheedleton
“Where a goat can go, a man can go, and where a man can go, he can carry a gun.” Words spoken by British General William Phillips over Fort Ticonderoga ring true in the feats of the Union artillery over the rocky terrain at Gettysburg. Join us as we explore both the advantages and disadvantages the artillerists experienced on the right flank of the Union army. We will discuss the action here on July 2nd and 3rd from the Union army’s point of view, which will be even clearer after the NPS tree restoration project on Culp’s Hill! Our first stop will be the Union positions on Powers’ Hill, and our second will be at the Culp’s Hill tower, walking down the road from there to Stevens’ Knoll and beyond as time allows. Who were they? We will also dig into the personal stories of the men behind the guns on both sides. The tour will consist of a mile of walking on paved surfaces and two driving stops.