It has been noted that the artillery barrage at the Battle of Gettysburg during Pickett’s charge was heard over 100 miles away in Pittsburgh. Walk the low rolling landscape of these hallowed grounds with Al Thompson and gain an experiential sense of what it was like in this simple pastoral town 150 years ago.
The sesquicentennial of Gettysburg happened in July of 2013 and Thompson was there to record the major battle reenactments and walk the streets of Gettysburg’s old section, discovering bullet holes in the brickwork of the original buildings. He relays a sense of scale in the bloodiest battle of the Civil War (51,000 casualties) and how it dealt the Confederacy its most fatal blow. He explores the people of the times, George Pickett’s doomed infantry charge, and how the outcome of this engagement affected the nation’s history of the meaning and price of freedom.