Gettysburg National Military Park Travel Guide

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  • DAY TWO: HIGHWATER MARK OF THE...

    While the Highwater Mark commemorates the failure of Pickett’s Charge on July 3, the actual point when the Confederates might actually succeed in pushing the Federals off of Cemetery Hill came on July 2 in the waning stages of Gen. James Longstreet’s attacks on the positions north of the Peach Orchard. The fight had been centered to the desperate...

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  • DAY TWO: CARR’S (HOOKER’S) BRIGADE

    This brigade, organized in late 1861, was first commanded by one Joseph Hooker. Old Joe was a fast riser and was headed for higher places, though, rising to division command a short time later and eventually commanded the Army of the Potomac in 1863. Hooker was originally from the Old Bay State and the composition of this brigade was mostly New...

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  • Culp's Hill Monuments #2

    The First Monument:The monument to the Twentieth Connecticut Volunteers is southeast of Gettysburg on Slocum Avenue. It was erected in 1885 by the State of Connecticut.The regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel William B. Wooster. It brought 434 men to the field and lost 5 killed, 22 wounded and 1 missing.From the monument:20th Conn....

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  • Spangler's Spring Monuments #2

    Spangler’s Spring – About 7 pm, Confederate attacked the right flank of the Union army and occupied the lower slopes of Culp’s Hill. The next morning the Confederates were driven off after seven hours of fighting.The First Monument:From the monument:3rd Brigade1st. Division12th Corps107th N.Y.InfantryFrom the rear:Occupied this position on the...

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  • Spangler's Spring Monuments #1

    The begining of your auto tour can start anywhere you like, but we started here since its across the highway from the Vistor Center off of PA-97 on Colgrove Avenue.Spangler’s Spring – About 7 pm, Confederate attacked the right flank of the Union army and occupied the lower slopes of Culp’s Hill. The next morning the Confederates were driven off...

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  • High Water Mark-Copse of Trees Memorial

    High Water Mark – Late in the afternoon, after a two hour cannonade some 7,000 Union soldiers posted around the Copse of Trees, The Angle and the Brian Barn, repulsed the bulk of the 12,000 man “Pickett’s Charge” against the Federal center. This was the climactic moment of the battle. On July 4, Lee’s army began retreating. Commands Honored. In...

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  • High Water Mark Memorials

    The First Memorial:16thVermont Infantry, Colonel W. G. Veazey commandingFirst Army CorpsJuly 1-2-3-1863Participated near this point in action of July 2ndPicketed this line that night - held same as skirmishersuntil attacked by Pickett's Division, July 3rd.Rallied here and assaulted his flank to the right 400yards - then changing front charged left...

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  • State of Pennsylvania Monument

    This monument so beautiful and the sheer size is impressive. It stands at 110 feet and was dedicated in September 27, 1910. It is build with North Carolina granite build over iron. All the huge tablets are made of bronze listing all the different regiments. (P.S. Californians were part of the Pennsylvania Regiments) It has bronze statues of...

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  • Hancock Avenue Memorials

    The State of New York in recognition of the services rendered by those corps division and brigade commanders at Gettysburg not elsewhere honored on this field.Maj. Gen. Daniel Edgar SicklesU.S. VolunteersCommanding Third CorpsMaj. Gen. Daniel ButterfieldU.S. VolunteersChief of Staff A.O.P.Brig. Gen. Marsena Rudolph PatrickU.S. VolunteersProvost...

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  • Sedgwick Avenue Memorials

    The First MemorialMajor General John Sedgwick In command of The Sixth Corps Army of the Potomacat Chancellorsville, Gettysburg,The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania.Born at Cornwall, Conn. September 13th 1813.Killed at Spotsylvania, Va. May 9th 1864Erected by the State of ConnecticutIn grateful memory of the service given to the nation by her honored...

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  • Little Round Top Memorials #3

    Led to this spot by his military sagacity on July 2, 1863General Gouverneur Kemble WarrenThen Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac detected General Hood's flanking movement and by promptly assuming the responsibility of ordering troops to this place saved the key of the Union position.Promoted for gallant services from the command of a...

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  • Little Round Top Memorials #2

    The First Memorial:FraternityCol. Pat'k H. O'RorkeKilled July 2, 1863From the left (north) side:Valor140th N.Y. Infty. 3rd Brigade2nd Division5th Corps July 2 & 3, 1863From the right (south) side:DutyNumber engaged 526----Casualties26 killed89 wounded18 missingFrom the rear:PatriotismJuly 2nd and 3rd1863The Second Memorial:Army of the PotomacFifth...

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  • Little Round Top Memorials #1

    Although all the memorials are beautiful, this one is very unique because it is built to let visitors explore it from the inside and has a roof top viewing area to see such a fantastic view. The 44th N.Y. Infantry, Lieut. Colonel Freeman Connercommanding, held position about 100 feet in advance ofthis monument, designated by a marker, from about 3...

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  • Warfield Ridge Memorials & Plaque

    The First Memorial:Erected by theNinth Regiment Infantry Massachusetts Volunteers2nd Brigade, 1st Division5th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac.During the Battle of Gettysburg the Ninth Regt. was detached from the 2nd Brigade and it heldthis position on Round Top Casualties 26 men.From the right side:The Ninth Regiment Mass. Vols. was composed of ten...

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  • Farnsworth's Cavalry Charge Plaque/Wells...

    Farnsworth's Cavalry Charge Plaque:One of the last, and most futile, engagements at Gettysburg occurred here at the end of the third day. Union cavalry commanded by Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick had moved into this area to harass the rear and right of the Confederate line. To the north, the Confederates in Pickett's Charge had been badly beaten, but...

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  • The Wounded and the Dead Plaque

    In the three days at Gettysburg, 7,708 soldiers were killed 26,856 were wounded. Never before had them been so many dead, dying, and maimed on an American battlefield. Teh human misery was monumental, as was the task of caring for the wounded and burying the dead. Schools, churches, homes, and farm buildings - including John Slyder's farm in front...

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  • Pitzer Woods Memorials #3

    The First MemorialThat men of honor might forever know the responsibilities of freedom. Dedicated South Carolinians stood and were counted for their heritage and convictions. Abiding faith in the sacredness of States Rights provided their creed. Here many earned eternal glory.First Army Corps, Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet; McLaws Division,...

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  • Barksdale's Charge & Watchtower

    On the afternoon of July 2, most of General Longstreet a Confederate First Corps were engaged in battle from Little Round Top to the Peach Orchard. Brig Gen William Barksdale's Mississippi Brigade stood in line directly behind you, impatiently awaiting orders to join the attack. Barksdale was vexed at the delay and repeatedly asked permission to...

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Gettysburg National Military Park Restaurants

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    by PinkFloydActuary Written May 25, 2006

    Right outside of the visitors center are the local McDonalds and KFC - and they get incredibly crowded around lunchtime. Many of the tour buses stop over here. Be warned, you may want to bring your own lunch with you and eat at a parking area or picnic area rather than fight with the crush of people at these familiar fast food outlets.

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Gettysburg National Military Park Transportation

  • SCOOTER TOURS

    Don’t like horses but you want to see the battlefield from another perspective? Well, Segs in the City can give you a chance to see the Second Day battlefield from one of their unique scooters. Two ‘safaris’ options are available. I guess it is an option that some people will enjoy ;-] If you enjoy it here, they have other areas where they offer...

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  • HORSEBACK TOURS

    If driving a car about the old battlefield is not atmospheric enough for you, you can take part in a horse tour given by the people at Artillery Ridge. The tours give you more of a feel for what the Army Staff Rides were about, granted they did not wear helmets as they rode about the fields. The two hour History Tour goes out over ground covered...

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  • How to Get Around the Battlefield

    There are several ways of exploring Gettysburg National Military Park. You can drive yourself, take a tour bus, or even walk.I suppose most people will drive their own vehicles around the Battlefield, and that may be the easiest and quickets way to see most things. We met Kent in the car park at the Visitors' Center, which, by the way, doesn't seem...

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Gettysburg National Military Park Local Customs

  • BATTLE TOWERS AND STAFF RIDES

    Gettysburg is not very far away from the U.S. War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania - a town where many of the Confederate troops had just been to before the battle. The staff ride is a longtime tradition for Army officers to come down to the battlefield - as they do at Antietam - to go over the battlefield, in small groups, reviewing both the...

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  • BATTLEFIELD GUIDES

    As you visit the different sites on the battlefield, you will become aware of groups on private tours with their own guides - separate from the rangers who also give talks and walks, though usually to many more people at a time. These guides are licensed and are very knowledgeable about the Battle and the ground. The guides will drive with you in...

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  • BATTLEFIELD REHABILTATION AND...

    There has always been on ongoing battle between differing forces on what to preserve and how to do it - here at Gettysburg and elsewhere. The preservation forces at Gettysburg have done a fine job of keeping the battlefield close to what it was like in 1863, though it has been a long struggle. Unlike at other National Parks, Gettysburg in trying to...

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Gettysburg National Military Park Tourist Traps

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    by yooperprof Written Jan 8, 2003

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    Believe me, if General Pickett had known that this food was waiting for him in Gettysburg, he would have stayed in the South.

    Cashing in on Celebrity?

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Gettysburg National Military Park Off The Beaten Path

  • TENNESSEE STATE MONUMENT

    The Volunteer State brought three regiments east to Gettysburg, all a part of the brigade of Brig. Gen. James Archer. It was a Tennessean bullet that probably killed Union I Corps commander John Reynolds as he was directing his arriving troops onto the scene. In the ensuing fighting with the Iron Brigade, the Tennesseans and Alabamians suffered...

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  • MISSISSIPI STATE MONUMENT

    Mississippi sent three brigades to the fight here. One of the reasons Ambrose Wright’s brigade failed to hold its position atop Cemetery Ridge late on July 2 was a lack of support. One of the brigades that was supposed to support the Georgians was that of Brig. Gen Carnot Posey and they never made it past the Emmittsburg Pike, a long ways from...

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  • SOUTH CAROLINA STATE MONUMENT

    South Carolina sent two infantry brigades to fight at Gettysburg. One, under Brig. Gen. Joseph Kershaw, had already been in the heart of action at the stone wall at Marye‘s Heights at Fredericksburg where they helped Cobb‘s brigade turn back multiple Federal assaults. Here these men were heavily involved in actions that roiled in the Wheatfield and...

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Gettysburg National Military Park Favorites

  • Gettysburg Address~

    Spoken during the dedication in November 1863 of a new cemetery for all veterans of the Civil War that was fought here and for all future veterans.”New Birth of Freedom”Gettysburg, PennsylvaniaNovember 19, 1863"Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the...

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  • Mississippi Memorial

    Howdy Folks! I will be editing these tips soon, adding much more info. It's a daunting task, as I don't know much about the Battle, and I have to get my facts correct, for fear of upsetting some people!! Take a look at the pictures if you wish, and come back in a week or so, and I should have filled in the missing text. Thanks. Nov 25th, 2003.

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  • Pennsylvania Memorial

    I had forgotten that we had in fact visited the Pennsylvania Memorial, on Cemetery Ridge, until a VT member asked me if we had pictures of it. It was only when I looked it up on some other pages that I realised that of course we had been there! I remember walking up the steps, and reading some of the names displayed on the bronze wall plaques. So,...

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