Gettysburg Off The Beaten Path

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    Culp's Hill more to see

    by Wanderer001 Updated Oct 9, 2007

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    60th New York Infantry 30 Brig 20 Div. 12th crops
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    At this location there are things that can be seen that would not be considered off the beaten path, however looks can be deceiving. On my trip last year I went up the tower that is located here and notice that I could see a few monuments back in the woods that were not visible from the road. All that is needed to get to them is take the marked hiking trails. However a word of caution the trails are pretty rough and steep at points.

    There were about four monuments hidden back here. One of which was for Ohio, did not get a picture of it because I ran out of batteries.

    Located on Slocum Ave., take Confederate Ave. south or Baltimore Pike south both have ways to connect to Slocum Ave.

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    The only 2 Confederate soldiers buried in..

    by Wanderer001 Written Sep 23, 2007

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    the Evergreen Cemetery. Something else that I over heard was that there were only two CSA soldiers buried in the cemetery right next to rows of Union soldiers. As to why these two CSA were buried here and no others were I am not sure. A bus went by and I could not hear. However all the time we spent in the Evergreen Cemetery these were the only two that had CSA on the head stones.

    To find walk through the brick arch building and take the path to the left walk along it till you come to a some what large tree by a small mausoleum. The two graves are close to the mausoleum and are marked with two rebel flags.

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    John Burns grave site

    by Wanderer001 Written Sep 23, 2007

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    John Burns grave marker

    At first I was puzzled at this grave site, it seemed to given the same reverence that the Jennie Wade resting place was given but I could not remember who John Burns was or why he had patriot on his head stone.

    Later I over heard a guide telling a group of people about him. Verbatim of what I heard: "One of the more interesting characters who fought in the battle was not a soldier at all. 72 year old citizen John Burns dressed in his best clothes, took his old musket, and walked out to join the Union troops fighting west of town on July 1. He was a veteran of the War of 1812, and must have received some stunned amazed looks as he approached the Union officers. He fought near the McPherson farm with soldiers of the Iron Brigade, and was wounded three times. For his action in volunteering to fight, he became a national hero and President Lincoln personally thanked the old man for what he had done."

    So if you would like to see the resting place of a national hero and patriot go to the Evergreen cemetery follow the directions to the Jennie Wade grave site and look left. You will see another American flag on a white pole this will show you were to find John Burns.

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    Jennie Wade grave site

    by Wanderer001 Written Sep 23, 2007

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    Jennie Wade head stone

    The only civilian killed during the battle on the morning of July 3rd. Twenty year old Jennie Wade was kneading bread dough in the kitchen of her sister's house, when a stray sharp shooter's bullet went through two doors and killed her.

    Located in the Evergreen Cemetery. Walk through the front brick arch building and follow the path leading straight, look for an American flag on a white pole to help located from a far. Graver maker will be the tallest around compared to the other markers.

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  • History Beyond the Park's Gates

    by ckeller Written May 4, 2007

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    Within a few country miles of Gettysburg lie the towns of Fairfield, Cashtown & Orrtanna, in their own right rich in history & offering some of the best fresh farm goods Adams County has to offer. A visit to the Round Barn and the Adams County Winery are a must!

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    Looking for more history or maybe a ghost?

    by 1smartblonde Updated Oct 5, 2005

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    If you've heard of Sachs Bridge and the part it played in the Confederate invasion and retreat then you may want to find it.

    I did not see it marked on any map though but I did know about where it was located.
    One way to find it is if you take the "Scenic Valley" tour (map available through GCVB) it is pointed out along the route from a bridge on MILLERSTOWN ROAD crossing Marsh Creek.

    Another, is a detour from the battlefield auto tour. After stop #6 you will come to a stop sign at MILLERSTOWN ROAD. Make a right and follow for less than a mile and look for the left on to RED ROCK ROAD. At the dead end make a right (WATER WORKS ROAD). This is a rural residential area and the bridge is at the end of this road. As you will see, you cannot drive across it. The bridge now closes at dusk but from what I understand it did not used to be until it was vandalized recently. The graffiti was still present when we were there in Oct 2003. We were the only ones there at the time and scenery was peaceful and gorgeous.

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  • Benner's Hill

    by wolfiepittsburgh Written Apr 15, 2004

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    The only place on the battlefield where you can see the entire scope of the battle. When the trees are bare, you get a fabulous view!

    You can see Oak Hill, the town itself, Culps Hill and Cemetary Hill from here. Great for perspective!

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    Gates of the Ever Green Cemetary

    by tompt Written Nov 5, 2003

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    Just next to the National Cemetary there is the Ever Green Cemetary. The gates are extremely beautifull.
    The picture is taken from the cemetary and looking through the gate at some of the civil war monuments.

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    Scenic Drive around Adams County

    by tompt Written Nov 4, 2003

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    Surprising is the Scenic Valley Tour, a selfguided 36 mile drive through Adams county.
    The tour is marked with Scenic Valley Tour signs, and a route with description can be obtained at the Gettysburg Visitor Center.

    Adams County is very scenic. The rolling hills filled with farmhouses and orchards are great. Adams County is the largest fruit producing and processing county in Pennsylvania.

    More pics of the Scenic Valley Tour in the travellogue.

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    The National Cemetery

    by GUYON Written Feb 25, 2003

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    National Cemetary Gettysburg

    The National Cemetery. It was dedicated by Lincoln in November 19 1863. His address was famous because it was brief (272 words)and lasted two minutes. The prior orator ( Edward Everett) had spoken two hours. The president transformed the battle into a symbol.

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