I’ve been to Gettysburg two times already this year, with at least four more trips planned between now and November…the first trip for the year was in March, with my friends Randy Reed and Bill Sowers…we were joined by Ray and Linda Lizarraga, friends and

"The gang at the base of Big Round Top"

members of the 62nd for the weekend, and on Saturday Sue

"Chloe trying on Sue's hoop"

and Chloe arrived-Chloe’s first trip to Gettysburg!…this being a “non-event weekend” for us, it allowed time for walking the battlefield, shopping and enjoying historic Gettysburg…Our good friends Mike and Diane Smith[General and Mrs. Buford] invited Sue, Chloe and I over for a cookout on Saturday, and when we left to return to our motel, we drove around

"Silence on Cemetery Hill"

the battlefield to watch the rising of the “supermoon”, the large, full moon…Chloe was asleep in her carseat, and “Pap-Pap” was tired too,so I didn’t photograph it’s beauty, but I did shoot some the previous evening…

The second trip was April 8-10, for the 62ndPVI’s Annual Company Meeting…many of us spent the weekend at The Lightner Farmhouse B&B, where our meeting was held on Saturday afternoon…As always, our friends and hosts Dennis and Eileen Hoover took special care of us…we had a successful meeting, and spent the rest of our time dining together, shopping, and of course, walking the battlefield[with a visit to the 62nd monument and the Wheatfield]…look for more about the Wheatfield, and Larry Smail’s painting in a future post…

We are anxious for the next trip to Gettysburg for Volunteer Workday on the battlefield in June, to be closely followed by the 62nd’s encampment at the Lightner Farm for the Anniversary of the Battle weekend, 1-4 July.

Photo Credits: All photos by R.J.”Slim”Bowser