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... for the Union here), then made our way towards the historical district of town.
First stop was the Springhouse Tavern at Dobbin House for a cold draft beer. Built in 1776 by a reverend and his family, the home was built over a spring so they would have an adequate and safe (from the Indians) supply of water. ...
There, the Cyclorama was the big hit with us. A beautifully restored 42-feet high, 375-feet around painting from 1884 depicting the battle at Gettysburg. It came with a nice audio and light show presentation. Amazing! The 15-minute Morgan Freeman-narrated film about the battle that was shown beforehand was also great. In that short time, we learned just about everything ...
... from house to house, and there were leafy trees leaning over the streets and sidewalks and people sitting out on their front porches. It felt like "Small Town America," whatever that is. The little downtown area was cool. It felt half historic, half touristy (which is pretty much how most historic sites in this country feel nowadays), with some shops and restaurants mingling with exhibits and plaques describing different things of note. The overall effect wasn't bad, though, and I ...
... war. What really strikes me are the numbers that fought, just in the Civil War stuff I have recently been acquainted with. Just in this battle, 100,000 fought. I had no idea the population was even that big during this time.
Next day trip was to the other end of Shenandoah National Park. The drive to the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center was spectacular! Of the National Parks that I have visited, this one ranks in the top. It ...
... fields towards the
enemy don’t sound all that different from the human wave attacks primitive
armies used. But it also seems like it wasn’t all that different a half century
later during WWI battles in Europe.
The Battle of Antietam took place in September 1862 about
nine and a half months before Gettysburg. Each summer of the war the
Confederates launched a campaign northwards into the area. The number of