Gettysburg - home of the ADDRESS!!!

Trip Start Apr 01, 2011
Trip End Nov 06, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Pennsylvania
Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hey there everyone,

Welcome to Gettysburg and the now infamous Gettysburg Address and of the most bloodied and famous battle of the American Civil War.  It was stated that this battle was the turning point of the 5 year war between the States and with the North finally winning it's first decisive battle.
This is a trip that I did not think I would have enjoyed as much as I actually did. it was more for the boys as they wanted to go and see the battlefields etc.  They thought it was super cool.  Joshua got to hold a real musket (and it was a working at that - so he thought that was awesome), I held it and it was fairly heavy.

Gettysburg is filled with battlefields, iconic statues of the period and of course amazing recreation of full scale battles - the battles were something to see.  For if you have never experienced the horrors of war, this would have educated you in quite a hurry.  The sad part is that most soldiers and civilians who died in the civil war died in the hospitals after the battles as the care for them was not what was needed to care for wounded and many a good boy lost his life or lost a limb.  The losing of a limb during a battle was common as even a small wound could spread infection quickly as the doctors could do nothing to stop it and thus the entire limb had to be removed.  Sad but true.  :(

Now of course other than the battles there is a lot of history as the people of Gettysburg were from the North but still had some allegiances to Virginia not much but was prevalent as the south's army were greeted with hospitality when in the North's country,.

The boys enjoyed the terminology and being from Canada, they were considered foreigners in the day - and would have been told to get the help of the British to get on one of the sides...the British never chose sides during this conflict.

The memorials and the visitor centre were beautiful, lots of areas where you actually could feel the hooves of General LEE's horse galloping towards his men when he went to deliver a speech, you can almost sense the sombre mood of the area if you really just shut your eyes and listened for a bit (I almost felt like I was hearing the screams of the men falling - or the yells of the men as they charged one side or the other - etc)...Can you tell that by being here it really moved me. 

The town of Gettysburg is also a museum and it was nice to stroll along it and to shop as there were some impeccable souvenirs to be had.  The boys really loved shopping.  The people were quite friendly and you could tell they were used to strangers/travelers coming and going as most parking lots had licence plates from vehicles from all over the United States and lots from Canada.


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