On July 1st 1863, Union and Confederate forces engaged in what would become the deadliest battle of the Civil War, The Battle of Gettysburg. The battle lasted three days and over 3,000 Union soldiers died, with the Confederates suffering over 4,700 dead.
I happened to be passing through Gettysburg in June, when I ran into the great Beat Desperado, Ernie Garcia, in a downtown bar. Happy to see a fellow Westerner, we talked for a long while. After a few pints, I asked him if he had his guitar with him? He did, and I had my camera with me. We headed out to Cemetery Hill at sunset and walked with the ghosts of that bloody engagement. We stood on the hill where President Lincoln delivered his famous address.
Ernie faced the valley, where the men of Grey ran to their death executing Pickett's charge. He sang his song "Jenn," which itself is a love song from a man that may never see his woman again. I'm sure many of the souls were touched by the song...I know we were touched by the souls.