FC: Matthew at Aunt Dee's Summer of 2013
1: with Matthew Sheeler, Chris Kornosk and Victoria Sheeler! Wooo Hoooo!! we've arrived at Aunt Dee's house in Pennsylvania!
2: Most of the Sheeler clan lives in the mountains of Pennsylvania. After a very long ride from Texas to New Jersey to visit with Grandma and Grandpa Budd, we arrived in PA to attend our dad's family reunion in Saxton, PA.
3: At the reunion, I swam with my second cousins Kerin and Reily Gresko. | The next night we went to the Cumberland Drive-In. None of that indoor bull stuff for us! Zombies and a full moon!!! ye-ha!
4: This is the town of Gettysburg, PA. The First Day of the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War took place on July 1, 1863, and began as an engagement between isolated units of the Army of Northern Virginia under Confederate General Robert E. Lee and the Army of the Potomac under Union Maj. Gen. George G. Meade. The Confederate soldiers were trying to get to Hanover, PA because they desperately needed shoes. Hanover PA was very famous for its shoes. But when they went up over a ridge just off of Chambersburg Road, (Route 11) | Gettysburg, PA June 30, 2013 (150th anniversary)
5: they were surprised by a Union brigade and a battle ensued. It soon escalated into a major battle which culminated in the outnumbered and defeated Union forces retreating to the high ground south of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The first day at Gettysburg—more significant than simply a prelude to the bloody second and third days—ranks as the 23rd biggest battle of the war by number of troops engaged. About one quarter of Meade's army (22,000 men) and one third of Lee's army (27,000) were engaged. Union casualties were almost 9,000, Confederate slightly more than 6,000.
8: During the Second Day of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 2, 1863) Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee attempted to capitalize on his first day's success. He launched the Army of Northern Virginia in multiple attacks on the flanks of the Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by Maj. Gen. George G. Meade. After a short delay to assemble his forces and avoid detection in his approach march, Lt. Gen. James Longstreet attacked with his First Corps against the Union left flank. His division under Maj. Gen. John Bell Hood attacked Little Round Top and Devil's Den.
9: Victoria and Chris at Devil's Den... and me at Devil's Den | Little Round Top.
10: Some estimates of total casualties for the second day run as high as 20,000 and declare it the bloodiest day of the Battle of Gettysburg.[ | The Texas Monument | BOOM!
11: Gettysburg day three. July 3, 1863 was the third and final day of the Battle of Gettysburg. It was Lee’s last chance to break the Union lines. His plan was to charge right through the center of the Union line and split them in two.. It was 1:00pm when the Confederate artillery began the first phase of the battle plan. Over 150 guns opened fire on the Union center. The Federals returned fire and the most massive artillery bombardment during the Civil War had begun. The sound was so loud the gunners ears actually bled. The barrage was so loud it could be heard as far away as Philadelphia and Baltimore.
12: Pickett's Charge happened in this field. At a little past 2:00pm the Union began to slowly stop firing. This was a trick to deceive the Confederates into believing they had knocked out all the Union guns. The trick worked and at 3:00pm the Rebels stopped firing. Picket ordered the troops to "CHARGE". When they were halfway across the field, the Union Soldiers began to fire. The Confederates reached a fence along the Emmitsburg Road. This simple fence defeated the Confederates. As they climbed over the fence they were shot and killed. The Confederates suffered 23,000 casualties and the Union suffered 28,000 casualties in Pickett's Charge.
13: The Battle of Gettysburg was over. After 3 days of fighting 7,058 were dead (3,155 Union, 3,903 Confederate). Another 33,264 had been wounded (14,529 Union, 18,735 Confederate) and 10,790 were missing (5,365 Union, 5,425 Confederate). | The Pennsylvania Monument
15: The Peace Light
16: Jennie Wade was the only civilian casualty of the battle of Gettysburg., She was killed by wild fire while standing at her sink. She did not know that her fiance` Corp. Skelly had been wounded and taken prisoner at Winchester on May 13. He died in a hospital on July 12. News that he had died came several days after the Southern Army had withdrawn from Gettysburg.
17: Philadelphia, PA | A Ride on the Ducks! NO Quacking!!!! | The Museum Of Art where Rocky (movie) ran up the steps.
18: Penn's Landing is the waterfront area of the Center City along the Delaware River section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. It is named after the founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn, docked near here in 1682
19: Betsy Ross House | Betsy Ross (January 1, 1752 – January 30, 1836) is credited with making the first American flag and changing the stars on the flag from six-pointed to easier-to-produce five-pointed stars.
20: The Philadelphia Mint | A REAL Philly CheeseSteak at Geno's
21: Independence Hall | where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. | The Liberty Bell - "Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." 1752 Cracked the first time it was rung.
22: Eastern State Penitentiary | The cell of Al Capone
23: I picked raspberries to make raspberry shortcake.
24: I did some swimming in Aunt Dee's pool.
25: Aunt Dee was nursing 7 orphaned opossums. She always has some new animals at her house.
26: Camping on the Chesapeake Bay | Goofing off with my cousin Katya Sheeler.
27: Katya and Sasha Sheeler | A bunch of Sheelers. Me, Cousin Ira, Second cousin Katya, Cousin Joseph and second cousin Sasha out to eat Chinese food in Elkton, MD.
28: Washington D.C. | Smithsonian Museum of Natural History with Cousins Dawn and Nathan Carney.
29: The original building of the Smithsonian Museum. The green train was moved to the Smithsonian by my Uncle Alan Sheeler and is in the American History museum.
30: The US Capitol | Lincoln Memorial | The Jefferson Memorial and The White House. | At the National Archives I saw the Constitution of the United States. ->
31: The Washington Monument was being repaired from damage it got during a rare East Coast earth quake.
32: Boating down the Potomac River to Mt. Vernon, the home of our first President, George Washington. | with cousins Dawn and Nathan Carney
33: George and Martha are buried here.
35: Sitting on the front porch of Mt. Vernon with cousin Dawn looking at the view that George Washington Loved!
38: We had our portraits sketched in Alexandria, VA
39: The best part of the whole trip. We went to Cedar Point, Ohio where they have 26 roller coasters.
41: Shenksville, PA September 11, 2001
42: Going home to Texas.
43: Some really cool photos from the Smithsonian Museum.