My World Tuesday: The National Cemetery, Gettysburg, PA

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I was in Gettysburg the day after Christmas, when I was en route to North Carolina. The weather was sad and quietly, strangely, peacefully haunting. I did not go into the cemetery but paid my respects from a dry distance. (More images are here.) In Wilmington, North Carolina, I stopped at a National Cemetery, where Union soldiers were interred after the Civil War. The cemetery was segregated until the 1940s. The stones of African American soldiers are marked "CLD TR" for "colored troops." The 6" X 6" stones indicate unknown soldiers.)

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  1. I was shocked while in St. Augustine Florida to see the town square had an old concrete pavilion where slaves were sold and the marking told that story.

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  2. A very effective shot, Sandy! I love it! HNY! :)

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  3. A very moving capture indeed, Sandy! I continue to be amazed -- although I don't know why since I was married to an African American -- when I learn about even cemeteries being segregated. Why can't we celebrate our differences in whatever way, be it color or religion? Will that time ever come? I don't know?

    Hope your new year is off to a great start!

    Sylvia

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  4. Fabulous photo .... thanks for the backstory on the headstones

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  5. Really amazing shot girl! I love the mood in it. And the others in the collection too. You picked the perfect time to be in Gettysburg I'd say. Glad you stayed dry though. Would have been a shame for you to get down to TI with a cold or something.

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  6. This is very haunting photo but appropriate I think for all that went on there.

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  7. This photo sure looks eerie but very artistic!

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  8. Through the rain, it almost seems like there are people walking around! Cemetaries can be interesting places. Instead of segregating bodies, I like to think of giving them a special place which I know didn't happen but too sad to think we had/have such prejudices.

    I see I missed the post below so shall go and visit and leave a comment there too.

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  9. What an artistic gray rainy view of Gettysburg ... almost ghostly.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  10. Hi Sandy, Happy New Year to you. Your view of the cemetry at Gettysburg really evokes the haunting sadness you speak of. It's beautiful, and it looks like the spirits of people long gone are walking around in the foreground. Very lovely.
    Janice.

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  11. I love the feel of this shot so much and a very interesting post.

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  12. striking photo, really captures the mood. I saw a frosted tree today I wanted to photograph but when hubby is driving we stop rarely...there is so much beauty to capture and share

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  13. your captures from gettysburg were fab...it's a very spiritual place (i think). thank you for putting together the slide show and sharing with us.
    erin

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  14. A very unusal shot. It is hard to visit Gettysburg and not feel moved, even without the rain.

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  15. That's a great shot through the rainy window, almost as if the the skies are crying about what you saw there.

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  16. Anonymous4:44 PM

    incredible image. i see that as a novel cover.

    a grace-laden new year.

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  17. This picture tells all sadness
    possible - also in my heart -
    Beautiful shot: thanks!

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  18. Gorgeous photo.
    It is hard to believe we would make the graves like that. But, living in the south all my life, I have seen numerous examples of this.

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  19. This watery window makes me think of ice frozen on a window. I have seen this phenom just a few times. I thought this was a frozen window when I looked before reading your narrative. Oh the lessons we have to learn.

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  20. Didn't expect such a story from the shot, well taken.

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  21. This photo looks like a painting. Well captured - very interesting.

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  22. Sandy: In an eerie way that was a great capture. What a historic place.

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  23. A spooky feeling to highlight the atmosphere of the cemetery. Well done!

    Alexander
    Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

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  24. Interesting photo and wonderfully captured..

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  25. Fabulous photo all around.

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  26. Huh. I never knew that. Learned something new today; thanks for sharing.

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  27. Haunting picture. Thanks for sharing Sandy.

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  28. A dramatic shot, more of a B&W painting, so apt for the accompanying very informative, sad, post.

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  29. its really very nice photo thanks for sharing this with us..

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  30. Beautiful and lovely shot!! Fantastic post !!

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  31. A haunting photo. Sadly beautiful.

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  32. Sandy, your beautiful photo is just so fitting to the occasion...
    even the heavens weep at the idiocy of all that killing.

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  33. What an amazing picture - looks as if the heavens themselves are crying!

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  34. Sandy, lovely shot it looks like a painting.

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  35. very artistic...nice! regards from MixPix.

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  36. Happy New Year. I could get lost in this photo very easily - it is eerie but also reflective. I have missed your words and art while gone on a little hiatus. Glad to be back visiting my blogging favorites. Take care.

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  37. Fascinating trip. I love that shot taken against the weather.

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  38. Beautiful yet sad, rainy picture of the cemetary...an evocative photo.

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  39. I really love these watery through the glass shots, this one is eerie but awesome. I hope PA was more than just rain for you Happy 2010!

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  40. That really is beautiful and very attractive photo and full of symbolism. It is in accordance with the occasion. It looks like just like the weather that you described.

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  41. A different and seemingly highly appropriate shot Sandy.

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  42. How you capture emotion in all of your photos never ceases to amaze and impress me. This one makes me feel I'm sitting in the car with you contemplating what horrors they witnessed.

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  43. nice capture sandy... thanks for the back story

    Hanuman

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  44. beautiful photo - happy new year..

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  45. Beautiful shot!
    Sad to think of soldiers who died for their country being place in a segregated cemetery.

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  46. Wow.. that's a wonderful shot but a sad tale of segregation.

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  47. Awesome capture!

    Regards Sandy!

    ( I'm catching up on My World:)

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  48. Interesting effect in this fine photograph.
    Happy 2010, Sandy!

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  49. Awesome shot. Wow.

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  50. Awesome shot. Wow.

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  51. Awesome shot. Wow.

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  52. Very mystical quality!

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  53. Anonymous8:08 PM

    Haunting is a good description. An unusual effect, one that conjures the sound of rain on the window pane.

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  54. A very effective shot, Sandy! I love it!

    Work from home India

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