Tillie Pierce : teen eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg by Tanya Anderson

By Tanya Anderson

Think being fifteen years outdated, dealing with the bloodiest conflict ever to ensue on U.S. soil: the conflict of Gettysburg. In July 1863, this can be precisely what occurred to Tillie Pierce, a regular teen who turned an not going heroine of the Civil warfare (1861-1865). Tillie and different girls and women like her came upon themselves trapped in this serious three-day conflict in southern Pennsylvania. with no education, yet with huge, immense braveness and compassion, Tillie and different Gettysburg electorate helped store the lives of numerous wounded Union and accomplice squaddies. In gripping prose, Tillie Pierce: youngster Eyewitness to the of conflict Gettysburg takes readers behind the curtain. and during Tillie's personal phrases, the tale of 1 of the Civil War's most renowned battles comes alive

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Such pukao could weigh up to 11 tons (10 metric t). The pukao are believed to represent the hairstyle of the nobility, whose long hair, dyed red, was gathered into a bun on the top of the head. The pukao was probably raised, one end at a time, on scaffold that was, step-by-step, increased in height. According to Van Tilburg, a team of about 10 men using levers and the guidance of experts would have been required. The carving, transporting, and erecting of the many moai on Easter Island between the eleventh and sixteenth centuries became central to Rapanui culture, its very reason to exist, so to speak.

With all this fighting and killing going on, Easter Island’s population decreased significantly to as few as 2,000 by some estimates. Yet, the Rapanui persisted. A new religion, manifested through an amazing and unique ritual, would emerge to give hope and meaning to a devastated, but not defeated, people. indd 50 10/13/11 11:53 AM 5 Sacred Birdmen From the time of settlement, birds were seen not only as a source of food but as sacred animals. It was obvious they could do what humans could not—fly off at any time, go anywhere.

Obsidian, a glasslike rock that is formed when lava cools rapidly, is another tool that was surely used in sculpting. After chipping the outline of the statue’s profile into the quarry wall, a niche was made around it so that sculptors from both sides could work. Hacking away in what was clearly a cramped space (often barely 2 feet), the carvers began by detailing the head of the moai and finished with the hips. indd 32 10/13/11 11:53 AM Megalithic Monuments 33 Working in the quarry located on the slope of the Rano Raraku volcano, craftsmen would begin building a new statue by carving an outline of a moai on its back.

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