by Don Troiani
Copyright 1998 Historical Art Prints
It was Wednesday, July 1, 1863, and the townspeople of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, were roused from their sleep by the unmistakable sound of gunfire. To the west of town, out by the McPherson farm, the scattered shots of skirmishers gave way to the unbroken crash of battle as Confederate General Henry Heth pushed his division down the Chambersburg Pike and encountered Union cavalry General John Buford's division dismounted and arrayed to meet them. Supported by about a dozen pieces of artillery positioned along nearby Berr's Ridge, the Southerners advanced but were staggered as Buford's men used the firepower of their breech loading carbines-and the capable gunnery of Lt. John Calef's Battery A, 2nd U.S. Light Artillery-to good effect. Despite the valor of his troopers, soon the two-to-one odds against Buford began to have an effect. The Union line began wavering, but the cavalrymen in blue were able to hold on until the arrival of reinforcements...and the onset of the most climatic battle in history.
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