Tuesday, October 25, 2016

88. More about the Summer of 1947

In her diary in July of 1947,  Nancy mentioned that  “Bruce W is in the hospital.”  I had fallen on a tree stump working as a member of the ground crew at Camp Nawakwa and bruised my kidney. The following day, Nancy and her mother brought me flowers.

In August, after I was released from the hospital, Nancy wrote, “In Faber’s today we saw Bruce W. He looked awful. He wore glasses and he limps a little when he walks.” Fortunately, I didn’t look too awful. A few months later, Nancy invited me to go to a party with her. 

Very soon, I would be just “Bruce” in Nancy’s diary, not “Bruce W.”

In July of 1947, an article in the Gettysburg Times reported that Ned Burns, from the Narional Park Service of Chicago and mural painter Carle Ciampaglia inspected the cyclorama painting of Pickett’s Charge displayed in Gettysburg to determine how the famous work by Paul Philippoteaux could be restored.

When Nancy and I were growing up in Gettysburg in the Forties, the 360 degree cylindrical painting was displayed in the Cyclorama located on the east side of Baltimore Street on Cemetery Hill. The 1863 Inn of Gettysburg is located on that site today.

When our families had visitors who were not familiar with the Battle of Gettysburg, the Cyclorama was often included in our tour. The massive painting was opened to the public in time for the 50th anniversary of the Battle in 1913.

Today, the 377 feet long, 42 feet high Gettysburg Cyclorama  may be seen in a three-dimensional setting in the Gettysburg National Park Visitor Center. 

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