Day 13 - Gettysburg Battlefield

Trip Start Jul 11, 2011
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Trip End Jul 06, 2012


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What I did
Toured Gettysburg Battlefield

Flag of United States  , Pennsylvania
Saturday, July 23, 2011

Today we drove another 3 hours from Pittsburgh to Gettysburg.  We went to the KOA first and after we had put up the tents I stopped by the office to see if they had any tips on visiting the battlefield.  They had a book/CD that had a tour guide take you through each of the 15 stops on the battlefield and explain each spot and what was going on at that point in the battle.  It was very good and we could stay in the nice A/C in the car, listen, then get out and walk around and take pictures.

It has been a few months since the boys and I watched the movie Gettysburg, but it was filmed on the actual battlefield and you could stand at the various sites, Little round top, where Pickets Charge was, the stone wall etc and see the battle in your minds eye.  There are so many monuments and it was amazing to be here.  The actual battle was 1-3 of July, so we could easily try to imagine how hot it would have been, and what it would have been like to have been on either side as each side prepared for Pickets Charge, or be sitting with Chamberlain as the confederate soldiers charged up Little Round Top again and again, or as Chamberlain ordered "affix bayonets"!

The CD explained things pretty well.  There were 2 full CDs and we spent about 4 hours traveling around the battlefield. 

One cool thing that we didn't realize until almost the last stop.  You see a large statue of General Lee on his horse Traveler at the top of the Virginia monument sitting on the confederate side looking at Cemetery Ridge.  He is looking out at the battlefield from about the position he was in during the actual battle.  When you get to the next to last stop which is the Union side of the same battlefield you find General Meade Sitting on his horse (Old Baldy) watching the battle from his side.  Very cool!

So many amazing stories about all the brave soldiers on both sides.  When they put up the Pennsylvania monument in 1910 veterans from both sides attended.  Their average age was 90 years old.  At that point at least most of the animosity was left behind and they all shook hands and greeted each other as fellow Americans. 

My hero from the Battle is Col Chamberlain and his defense of Little Round Top.  Sitting at the monument that stands where his colors stood during the battle and looking at the small rock wall that his soldiers manned and the hill the confederate soldiers had to charge up to attack his position, you could almost see it happening again...

Anyway, after 4 hours traveling around the battlefield in almost 100 degree weather we were about cooked.  Jordon and James were definitely "done".  So we stopped at Dairy Queen and had some ice cream and headed back to the KOA to call it a night.  Tomorrow we get to stay in a hotel with air conditioning!!!  YEAH!!!
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Mom on

Hi from Utah, Looks like you are seeing all the sights, you guys are really some great travelers. Where are you heading now? How did the boys like the looks of your new home? Who was the Fisher you came across on the monument? Love you guys Mom

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