Today, July 1st, Marks the 150th Anniversary of the First Day of Fighting at Gettysburg

Today until July 3rd marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the battle that effectively forced the Confederacy to no longer take the offensive in the American Civil War.

And it started about 7:30 in the morning, as our friends over at the blog of the Gettysburg National Military Park tell us:

It is described in the 2004 Gettysburg National Military Park National Register of Historic Places listing this way: “The building’s location on the crest of a ridge overlooking the Chambersburg Pike and Marsh Creek west of Gettysburg made it an excellent point of observation for Union pickets in the early morning hours of July 1, 1863. It was from the yard of the house that some of the opening shots of the battle were fired against advancing artillery and infantry of Heth’s Confederate Division. In 1886, Lieutenant Marcellus Jones and two other members of the 8th Illinois Cavalry came back to Gettysburg and placed the first shot marker in the front yard of the old Wisler house.”

via Off the Beaten Track – Gettysburg’s “First Shot” House…

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