During the Gettysburg Battle Gouverneur Kemble Warren was the Chief Engineer on General Meades staff. Warren realised that the strategic key to the entire battle was the hill called "Little Round Top." If the Confederate Army had occupied that hilltop, they could have placed cannons there to fire at will upon the entire Federal line. Once there,...more
I suggest that you start your tour of Gettysburg at the visitor center. When I was there it was housed in an old build with a museum in the bottom floor. I read that there are plans to create a new center but I don’t believe it’s completed yet. Regardless of which are open, finding it shouldn’t be a major problem, there are lots of signs. There are...more
We probably would not have picked up on this little gem of an historic site except that someone in my wife's family donated a tree that is planted somewhere on the farm.The place is just what it says: the residence and farm of Dwight D. Eisenhower.The place is filled with plaques and artifacts about the life and presidency of the man.You get a...more
In the spirit of '76 (1976 that is), we started taking the kids around all the national battle sites in Massachussetts, New York, Virginia and sometime in 1978 we got around to Gettysburg,PA. I was really pumped at being able to see the places I had read about in books like Red Badge of Courage and The Blue and The Gray.And when we got there,to me...more
Under construction....One thing about visiting Gettysburg, there are enough plaques, dedications and area maps to identify which battlefields were what stage of the battle...But, when you visit these sites, and look closely, you can feel the anticipation, the fear, and the sorrow that bled onto these fields...Imagine yourself about to attack this...more
November 19, 1863Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.Now we are engaged in a great civil war. . .testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated. . . can long endure. We are met on a...more
During the Battle of Gettysburg, (July 1,2 &3, 1863) over 50,000 men died on the fields in . Adams County, Pennsylvania.Every year in Gettysburg, PA that famous bloody battle is reenacted in detail by over 10,000 participants. It is a sight to behold as the reenacters take to the fields with musket, saber and cannon for those 3 days.Day one is...more
This is a map that shows the Union lines (black) and the Confederate lines (white bars) on July 1, 2, 3.Click directly on the map to enlarge it.Notice Little Round Top and how the flank is unprotected? Thanks to Warren's reasoning and foresight the Confederate troops were unable to overtake the hill thus changing the outcome of the war.You can also...more
Dedicated in 1910, the Pennsylvanina Monument lists the name of every Pennsylvanian who fought at Gettsyburg and notates those who died as well. It is the largest monument in the park and due to structural problems exacerbated by the weather for the last 95 year, the structure is in dire need of major repairs and could very well be closed to the...more
When we rounded the corner in Gettysburg National Historical Park (GNHP), I saw a copse of trees. I knew in an instant, without being told that this was in fact, The Angle.During the battle of Gettysburg, Pickett's charge took place on July 3, 1863. It was directed at the Angle, the vulnerable centerpoint of the Union line. The Union troops were...more
If you want the best Gburg has to offer then go to the basement of the Dobbin House to the Springhouse Tavern. Now this place screamed to me Where Have You Bee All My Life! Great staff, Great Food, Great Price. I got the Rum Belly and open face Ruben and then another Rum belly, which you are only allowed to have two of those drinks due to the...more
If you love a good pub with the best beer and great atmosphere, Garry Owen is for you. I was there during a Penn State football (American football) game and the bar was rockin. However if you're not a bar kind of person there is a nice dining room with just the right lighting for a romantic meal or just a place to talk with friends. My wife and I...more
It is hard to write a tip about souveniers in a place such as Gettysburg but we found a shop that offered reenactor supplies. Thje Regimental Quartermaster offers good such as Uniforms, war muskets, sabers, tents, laterns and blankets.
You can also purchase books about the civil war with far reaching topics such as haunted Gettysburg and sex during the civil war.
What I appreciated was the lack of t-shirts and tacky souveniers that desecrate a place like Gettysburg.
What to buy: My husband purchased a Masonic calvaryman's sword (thrusting dagger). It is made of steel and cost $20.00.
I purchased a claddah pin for my sister-in-law as a memento of her first trip to Gettysburg. It is sterling silver and cost $20.00.
If you decide to go to a Reenactment at Gettysburg National Historical Park here are some helpful hints:
*No pets allowed on site or in the parking areas
*Arrive early prior to the "battles" Traffic is extremely slow going in & out of Gettysburg. The best time to walk around is after the "battles."
*While there is limtited bleacher seating (pre-registration required" bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
*Tripods are not allowed and once the "battle starts you cannot stand up in areas designated for bleacher or on-ground seating.
*Wear light colored cloths, bring sunscreen, wear a hat, comfortable shoes and bring water.
*Due to 9/11 NO coolers or backpacks are allowed on the site. AN open carry bag will be allowed for water and other necessities and subject to search
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