Here are some pictures from our spring break trip, finally. It took a while for us to get around to picking out which ones we wanted, and a little bit longer for me to play with WordPress’ new gallery feature (so far, so good).
The first ones are from Gettysburg, which we visited the first two days of the trip. Most of the rest are from Washington D.C., where we spent another couple of days touring. We didn’t end up going to Baltimore after all, but there are a couple of shots at the end from Elisabeth’s grandparents’ farm in Maryland, where we stayed for several days as we toured D.C.
Looking over a stone wall on the Gettysburg battlefield toward the Round Tops.
A hole left by a cannon ball on the 2nd day’s fighting can still be seen on this barn.
The “copse of trees”: the objective of Pickett’s Charge.
The Lutheran Seminary building was used as a Union observation point on the 1st Day.
Us on Culp’s Hill.
A view of Devil’s Den, looking down into the valley toward Big Round Top
Marker designating the farthest advance of Confederate troops during Pickett’s Charge–the “High Water Mark” of the Confederacy.
Looking over the stone breastworks at the 20th Maine position on Little Round Top.
Us on Little Round Top
The Codori farm, just off Cemetery Ridge
The Indiana section of the Gettysburg National Cemetery
An equestrian statue of Lee, at the approximate location where he watched during Pickett’s Charge
20th Maine positions on Little Round Top
The left flank marker for the 20th Maine
These bullets collided in midair during the battle.
Looking at the “High Water Mark” monument on Cemetery Ridge
Us at Devil’s Den. Immediately behind us is the location of the famous picture of a dead Confederate soldier. You can see the restored version of the original stone wall, Little Round Top in the distance.
A commanding view from Little Round Top
The West Virginia section of the Gettysburg National Cemetery
The top hat Lincoln was wearing the day he was shot, in the Smithsonian.
Our Congressman, Mike Pence, took us on a tour of the Capitol Building. Here he points out some of the other buildings in the area.
The original Supreme Court chambers were in a surprisingly small room beneath the Capitol Building, almost as an afterthought. One wonders what implications that has regarding the Founders’ views on the role of the Court.
Us with Mike Pence on the front steps of the Capitol Building.
The Smithsonian Castle
Arlington National Cemetery. Row upon row of white gravestones make a sobering sight.
Us inside Stuary Hall in the Capitol building. This was the original house chambers until the 1860s.
A view down the mall toward the Smithsonian and the Washinton Monument.
Visitors file past the Vietnam War Memorial.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington
The WWII Memorial, with the Washinton Monument and the Capitol Building in the background.
The World War II Memorial on the national Mall
Another shot of Arlington National Cemetery
We arrived during cherry blossom time at DC. The trees were in full bloom.
The Capitol Building
We watched the changing of the guard at Arlington.
Elisabeth “holding” the monument
Us in Mike Pence’s office before our tour
Hog Creek & Newton Rd., Preston, Md.
The gravesite of Elisabeth’s great-great-grandparents
We scanned some honeymoon pics from Elisabeth’s grandparents’ wedding album.
Another honeymoon shot.