Monday, May 15, 2006

Monday Photo Shoot: Bottoms Up

Over at By the Way, today's photo assignment calls for a change of perspective:

Put your camera on the ground to shoot a picture of something you don't usually see from the bottom up.

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This picture is of the 2nd Minnesota Infantry Regiment monument at Delong Reservation atop Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga, Tn. During the Battle of Missionary Ridge, Federal troops stormed up the steep ridge and drove away the Confederate defenders on top. The victory gave the Union control of Chattanooga, which became a staging point for Sherman's Atlanta Campaign. The 2nd Minnesota was among the first regiments to reach the ridge's summit.

Update: For a more normal view of the monument, see entry above.

5 Comments:

At 10:40 PM, Blogger Carly said...

Awesome photo. :)

 
At 5:14 AM, Blogger fdtate said...

Thank you.

 
At 10:50 PM, Blogger Monponsett said...

I used to teach about them in my history classes. General Hancock saw this huge hole in the Union lines, and the rebs about to punch right through it. He sent 300 Sotas after 1500 rebs, and maybe 15 of them came back. They held the ground long enough for the rest of the troops to get there, though.

People generally list either that or the 20th Maine bayonnet charge as the ballsiest thing done in that war.

 
At 10:57 PM, Blogger Monponsett said...

check that... 1st Minnesota was the regiment I spoke of, although I'm sure that the 2nd were splendid as well.

 
At 8:29 AM, Blogger fdtate said...

The 2nd Minn. fought in almost all of the major western battles. At Chickamauga, they were part of the force that Gen. George Thomas assembled on Snodgras Hill that held off the Confederates long enough to allow the routed Union army to escape. At Missionary Ridge, they were one of the first units to reach the summit of the ridge.

Sgt. Axel Reed of the 2nd had been placed under arrest prior to the Battle of Chickamauga. He escaped from custody, left his place in the rear, grabbed his rifle and joined in the battle. At Missionary Ridge, he was severely wounded, losing an arm, but refused to be discharged and served until the end of the war. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

 

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