Part 1 - Gettysburg, PA
Trip Start May 01, 2013
186Trip End May 01, 2014
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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
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!
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
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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