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The "BattleCam" is maintained and serviced by GettysburgAddress.com We are responsible for the maintenance and
image quality. We are currently working the bugs out of this system. Please bear with us....Thank
You. Happy Holidays.
The "BattleCam" has a new home! This small grove of oak, hickory and chestnut trees located on the northern end of Cemetery Ridge is know as Ziegler's Grove. It was the general position held by General Alexander Hays' Division of the Union Second Corps and the location of fierce fighting on the 2nd and 3rd days of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 2-3, 1863). Just to right of Ziegler's Grove, Abraham Bryan's two-room farmhouse and outbuilding can be seen in the fall and winter. The Bryan Farm is located a few steps away from the field where Pickett's Charge occurred on July 3, 1863.
The twelve-acre Bryan farm produced wheat, barley, hay, apples and peaches. Abraham Bryan, an African-American landowner, lived there with his wife and his five children but vacated the property when the battle was imminent. The two-room farmhouse was then converted into General Alexander Hays' headquarters from where he strategized his Division of the Union 2nd Army Corps.
When Bryan and his family returned home after the battle he found their home in a condition of turmoil and devastation. The house, fences, crops and orchards were ransacked and nearly destroyed. Bryan worked on putting his property back into order and farmed his land for the next six years. He petitioned the government for $1,028 in restitution but received only $15 before dying in 1875. Ziegler's Grove and the Bryan Farm have been restored to their 1863 appearance and are part of the National Park Service.
We would like to express our Special Thanks to Paul Witt of the Quality Inn - Gettysburg Battlefield - for providing us with a new home for the BattleCam. THANK YOU! For more information regarding lodging at the Quality Inn Gettysburg Battlefield, please CLICK the link above or call 717-334-1103.
We have introduced a larger format image and sharpened the image guality ... hope you enjoy the view!
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|The Battle Cam was hosted at the now demolished Gettysburg National Tower--read on to learn more about
the Tower. To see our movie clips of its demolition you'll need Quicktime. It's free, so if you don't have it, click the logo and come back
after the very easy installation!|
Tower blow-up 1 or Tower blow-up 2 for
different views of the demolition of the Gettysburg National Tower, former home of the "BattleCam"©.
Special thanks to Michael Ney, Raymond Miller and Lynn Hanley. |
| PLEASE FORWARD ANY AND ALL OF YOUR FAVORITE MEMORIES/PHOTOS OF THE NATIONAL TOWER TO MEMORIES
We are sad to announce that the "Battle Cam" will no longer be housed in Gettysburg Tower--we are including a direct quote from the letter that the United States Department of the Interior sent us:
"The United States Attorney has advised that a Declaration of Taking has been filed on May 17, 2000, which vests title in the United States of America to the Gettysburg Tower property within Gettysburg National Military Park.
"Our records indicate that you may have one or more cameras located on the Gettysburg Tower. The purpose of this letter is to inform you that it will be necessary for the NationalPark Service to obtain possession of the property, vacant and free of any cameras or personalproperty by June 2, 2000"
Feel free to email us at Tom with your thoughts or suggestions. We will be creating an archive of notable "Battle Cam" shots for you to enjoy. These will no doubt be the last of their kind, since it is public knowledge that the Tower will be demolished on July 3, 2000.
From the vantage point of the GettysburgNational Tower, the "Battle Cam"© overlooked some of the most notablelandmarks
of the actual battles at Gettysburg.