Part 3 - Gettysburg, PA

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

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Year 2 Day 56 - Today was a very emotional day at Gettysburg.  We visited the National Cemetery and the Seminary Ridge Museum, both being very powerful.  The Museum had some rather graphic portrayals of what went on, and at times it was hard to look at, to read, and to imagine the determination of these men for their cause whether North of South!  The conditions of the camps, the sheer number of men fighting and the loss of life in just the Gettysburg fight of three days, not to mention the 4 year fight.

The battle at Seminary Ridge took place on the first day of fighting, July 1, 1863.  On this building is a cupola in which General Buford utilized to look out over the nearby fields to help in directing his troops. During the war this building was used as a hospital for the wounded from both sides.

The National Cemetery is where Lincoln spoke The Gettysburg Address.

We also saw the "cyclorama" at the National Park Visitor's center.  The paintings that make up the circle must number about 15 and they are huge.  As you look at these paintings you are in a circle and walking around to see the whole 360 degree view.  These date back to the late 1800's and were found in a warehouse with watermarks and lots of damage.  They have now been restored and are amazingly beautiful.  Also a strong reminder of the massive fighting that these men were engaged in.

The photos will be the rest of the "history lesson"....

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John M. on

That was a dark time for our great Country. So many lost there lives for our freedom on our on soil. I hope that something like that never happens again in the USA. Thanks for the great photo's .Keeper tween the ditches.

Pamela on

In today's society its hard to imagine such a war. However with political undercurrents being what they are now, who knows?! Let's just pray we never end up in such a dispute again.

jerrygolfboyer on

How about a visit to my old home of Hershey?

So where are you now?

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