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Ah. Good question! I guess I should start a FAQ category. Even though “frequently” implies someone but me is frequently asking me questions.

But to answer your question: that is a photograph taken at the Gettysburg National Battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, taken from the top of Little Round Top at the far southern end of the Union lines. The statue in the foreground is General Gouverneur K. Warren, the chief Engineer for the Army of the Potomac, and the officer who initiated the defense of Little Round Top on July 2, 1863.

One of my personal heroes, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, is often given credit for defending the far left flank of the Union line at Little Round Top – and at some point I’ll go on, at great length, about my admiration for the man. But the Warren statue serves to remind every visitor to the park that men like Chamberlain were only put in a position to carry out their great acts of heroism because of the bold leadership of men like Warren, and Colonel Strong Vincent – the man who arguably was most responsible for saving that critical high ground from Confederate capture, and who gave his life in its defense.

The picture was taken in the spring of 2009 during our OCS class staff ride to Gettysburg. Standing on that hill was an experience I’ll likely never forget; briefing that part of the battle to my comrades was an honor.

It is a beautiful place, peaceful now, filled with heart-rending yet glorious history. Every American should see it.

It’s juxtaposition with the legendary Dienekes quote from Herodotus was chosen carefully and intentionally. They represent heroes of different ages, but so very much alike.

View south toward the Round Tops from the PA Memorial

View south toward the Round Tops from the PA Memorial

The Virginia Memorial to LTG Robert E Lee at the start of Picketts Charge

The Virginia Memorial to LTG Robert E Lee at the start of Picketts Charge

Sunrise over Little Round Top from Devils Den

Sunrise over Little Round Top from Devils Den

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