Get a bunch of reenactors together and there are always interesting things to see on the backs of their cars. For instance, I didn't know the state of Virginia offered a Robert E. Lee license plate. I rather like it even though I'm a Yank.
Don and I grabbed lunch at a McDonald's. Gettysburg is such a heavily Civil War influenced place it can even be found in the men's room.
Close up of the border. Bobby Lee and President Grant (?).
A redneck flag seen in a souvenir shop. What are those crossed things at bottom, exactly?
An even more garish redneck flag.
Don finds a book he approves of.
A redneck sticker - the pirate/biker/Civil War connection.
There were a lot of bikers in town for the parade. I liked this guy's "Jane Fonda American Traitor Bitch" patch.
As usual we formed up at the elementary school, where, once again, this fellow from the 11th PA and his dog were present. The dog is meant to represent Sallie, the mascot of the 11th PA. See http://www.brotherswar.com/Gettysburg-1r.htm
Here's the 4th U.S. in formation, all wearing their frock coats and Hardee hats prior to stepping out.
One of my famous hold-the-camera-up-and-get-a-shot-of-the-guys-in-column shots.
One of the parade spectators. Of all the various clothing styles I saw that day, this guy stood out.
We rounded a turn and I was surprised to see a period Santa Claus saluting us!
As ever, these parades are well attended and a joy to do - when the weather is good. It was in the high 50's. Perfect.
I liked these gals with this banner.
I wish I could have gotten a better shot of these two German onlookers. Note the braids. Just about anything goes at Gettysburg Rembrance Day.
I always like seeing the massed regimental flags.
Woody and Son were present at this one.
The parade over, we trotted over to the U.S. Army Regulars monument for a short commemoration ceremony.
Afterwards Bob Bugle (a name for a reenactor surpassed only by a fellow I used to do Revolutionary War reenacting with - C. Drummond Ball) requested a shot of him in his uniform. I opted to do it in two styles. Here's the one showing the complete uniform.
Here's how a magazine photographer would do it.
One of my gimme shots starring Lloyd Harting. Hold the camera at an angle arms length and fire away, Facebook style.
My youngest daughter used to do shots like this all the time. Once again the Federal City Brass Band was there, serenading us. They are so cool.
The traditional photo next to the 111th New York statue. Sorry you couldn't be here, Chris. And one day I'll hand the camera to somebody who can get the entire statue in the shot...
A grandpa and his little granddaughter - she looked just like a little Victorian porcelain doll! Had the cutest blue eyes...
We saw a Gen. Phil Sheridan impressionist... that hat is unmistakable...
But the most convincing impression was that of this alpha-Lee, shown here relaxing at a convenience store. I talked to him for a time; he was in town for a week to do the parade and to help protest the construction of a casino at Gettysburg.
2012 Update: The proposed casino failed to gain approval, so you could say this was one Gettysburg battle Robert E. Lee won!
Don wrote, "Bob Lee asks my opinion on his Pickett's Charge plan. It's a slam dunk, I assure him."
Three World War II people! Oh, why not?
As Don and I drove through the battlefield I took this quick shot through the window - the moon was nearly full.
As usual, we ate at the Farnsworth House, where my masculinity was impugned by the waitress. (I made the mistake of muttering - in my usual easily-overheard voice - "This is gay!" as we were seated near the fireplace.) Later on celebrated author Jeff Shaara walked in and became embroiled in the issue. It was funny. We then went home.
Another great day at Gettysburg!
Seen in the men's room of the Farnsworth House. Don says this is a sure sign of a really, really serious wound...