Saturday, July 2, 2011

Whittling Sticks

From Three Months in the Southern States, April - June 1863 by Lieut-Col.
Fremantle. Fremantle was an English "tourist" who came to America to see the conflict firsthand.

July 2nd, 1863 (Morning of the second day of the battle of Gettysburg)
I climbed up a tree in company with Captain Schreibert of the Prussian
 army. Just below us were seated Generals Lee, Hill, Longstreet, and Hood, 
in consultation — the two latter assisting their deliberations by the truly
American custom of whittling sticks.
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"Battle Scarred Veteran" at Gettysburg,  photo taken by Detroit Publishing Co. in 1903, from Library of Congress Collection

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