Tour of the Battlefields

Trip Start Jun 30, 2009
Trip End Jul 01, 2009

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

After the Cyclorama, we headed off for a tour of the battlefields in our car.  There are options at the Visitor's Center for purchasing CDs and personalized tour guides, but as my dad is an expert, he took us on a specialized tour.  The weather started out iff-y, but we lucked out and were able to see a lot.

We started with a general overview of the battlefields, and it was incredible to see how many monuments there were.  Everywhere you looked you saw monuments, explanations of what different regiments did on particular days, flank markers, and statues all over the place.  Each monument was unique in it's own way and was placed in the spot by the regiment that it was for.  In order to determine where the monument would be placed, regiments came back to Gettysburg and debated about where would be most appropriate.  Some were placed in the area of most significant battle for the regiment, others in spots that were just convenient

We traveled up to the Peace Light Memorial, which stands on the site of the first day of battle.  President F.D. Roosevelt dedicated this memorial on the 75th anniversary of the battle.  At the top of the monument is a perpetual flame.  While at this site, lightning began to strike and we retreated into our cars.  A large storm passed overhead, and we got some great pictures!  The wind was incredible!

From there we got back into our car and continued traveling around the battlefields until we reached the site of Pickett's Charge.  We walked from where we parked the car out to the beginning, and we actually saw some people walking the length that the army would have walked. 

Next we traveled up a mountain to the top of Little Round Top where we had a fabulous view of the battlefields.  It's incredible to think that men were charging up the mountain during gun fire and with the amount of weight from their packs.  There were some fabulous monuments at Little Round Top.

Next we traveled over to the Pennslyvania monument...the only one that included all of the name's of men from that state.  Standing near many other smaller monuments, the Pennslyvania is by far one of the largest at Gettysburg.
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