Part 1 - Gettysburg, PA

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Gettysburg Campground
Read my review - 5/5 stars

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Year 2 Day's 51-52 (June 21-22) I came here as a child and remember seeing the stark battlefields and endless rows of stones in the cemetery, but it is so very much more now.  We saw a lot while we were here, but you could spend two weeks just reading the battlefield monuments alone, never mind seeing all the historical museums and homes in the area.

Our first night in the campground they had a gentleman in period costume, and keeping in character and talking about the ghosts of Gettysburg!  I am a believer and would like nothing more than a visit from the other side.  Believe me, I was listening extra hard to see if I could hear or see anything on those battlefields!  Unfortunately, not this time.

It has been over 150 years since the battle of Gettysburg which took place July 1-3 1861-1865. What struck me was the amount of land that they were able to save here from any kind of development.  As you are touring these battlefields you see nothing but monuments to those who fought this battle - from Generals to enlisted men, their stories are being told for all to see.  As you will notice in the photos, there will be a marker which denotes which Battalion fought there and the cannons will be pointed towards the battle that took place.  Many of the monuments will have a listing of the numbers that fought and those that died or went missing.  Talk about chills up the spine!

The monuments are placed at the actual cite where the person fought the battle.  The Generals are all on horses with the stories etched on the stones.  No two are alike.  It is definitely an amazing memorial to those brave men, over 60,000, (51,112 in Gettysburg alone) who gave their lives to the cause and are still doing the same today.  Thank a Veteran for their service to this Country the next time you see a man or woman in uniform!

Our first full day in Gettysburg, we headed to the Lincoln Diner in town to get a bite to eat before we started our day.  We bought a Book and CD and took the self-driving tour though out the battlefields so that we could take our time.  And time it took!!  But all of it worthwhile.  There are approximately 25 square miles of battlefield in Gettysburg.  Imagine having to trudge though that back in 1861 with conditions being pretty dire at times.
The Army of the Potomac (the North) was lead by General Meade.  It consisted of 93,000 troops and 356 cannons.  The Army of Northern Virginia (the South) was lead by General Lee.  (More about him later).  They were 75,000 strong with 275 cannons.

The only civilian killed during the Battle of Gettysburg was named Jennie Wade.  She was baking bread in her kitchen for the soldiers when a stray bullet hit her in the back and killed her.  She is said to haunt her home.
On the second day we went to the Eisenhower Home, the only one the Eisenhower's owned.  After the Presidency, he wanted to find a nice historical home in Gettysburg and start a farm.  His intention was to leave the land better than he found it, and he did just that.  It is a modest home set on several acres of land bordering the battlefields.  He had an interest in raising prize beef and won many awards for his efforts.  Along with the home, there is a show barn for his prized animals and breeding program and a second barn closer to the house.  The property is now run by the park service and is still used for the grazing of cattle on land which is leased to the farmers.

Inside the home in the living room is a marble fireplace that was in the White House in 1873, but removed by President Grant.  It was given to the President and Mrs. Eisenhower as an anniversary gift by his staff.  The Eisenhower's preferred the enclosed porch as their favorite place where Ike would paint his oil paintings and they would read or play cards.  He felt the Living Room was too stuffy for him.  The home definitely reflects an every-day family atmosphere that was lived in and loved, not a show piece that was stuffy and uninviting.

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Virginia on

Somewhere in this house there is a photo of the monument for Rhode Island. Part of our history. Our relative came home with all his limbs, imagine, with the staggering numbers you cited. Keep on "truckin" Love V

Pamela on

That town square is so adorable and charming. I would expect to see a lady In petticoats carrying a parasol to round the corner any moment

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