“The enemy was...attacking our whole front at different points.”
This is Park Ranger Eric Campbell. Its always instructive to check out another Ranger's presentation and this one was no exception. Brian and I were in for a treat.
We arrived early for the three hour exploration of Hancock's crucial role on the second day of the battle. We were both pleased and surprised to find that we'd be in a very small group.
Not so fast, pal.
The group began to grow...
and grow, until before you know it, Ranger Eric was leading an entire regiment (a regiment that couldn't march) of visitors!
As it turns out, that's fellow ACW blogger Scott Mingus in the blue Tee shirt! (http://scottmingus.wordpress.com/). We must have walked right past each other several times in this huge crowd without one spotting the other.
And despite the challenge of a crowd of that size, through it all, Eric had everyone's undivided attention. Without amplification of any sort he maintained a well-modulated "command voice" throughout the three hour program that could be heard clearly to the farthest reaches of the crowd.
He'd really done his homework and obviously had an affinity for the subject an a passion for his craft. At the end he received enthusiastic applause from that very large and appreciative audience.
As Brian and I walked into town to grab some lunch we did a professional deconstruction of the whole presentation, and both agreed that we'd just seen an outstanding Ranger in action.
It is always gratifying to see Rangers doing something so well that they enjoy so much.
Ranger Brian headed back to Frederick and I went back into town to make a few purchases.
A quick stop at one of the thousands of trinket shops brought me back down to earth with a reminder that Gettysburg has something for everyone; Great Ranger programs for the Civil War enthusiast...
firearms for the little girl soldier wannabes...
and a dental plan for regions closer to my neck of the woods.
Try to get to Gettysburg this week.