Gettysburg Civil War Historical Town

Trip Start May 23, 2012
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Trip End Jun 30, 2012


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Monday, June 18, 2012

Amy set off to work early and was heading to New York State for three nights with work.
After dropping amy at work Russ drove us to Gettysburg this morning to visit this very historical town where the Gettysburg Battle occurred during the American Civil War in July, 1863. This battle marked the beginning of the Civil War coming to an end when it was finally won by the Northern Union side against the Southern Confederates.
President Abraham Lincoln gave an address which came to be known as the Gettysburg Address, a 2 minute speech which gave meaning to the sacrifice of the dead and was an inspiration to the living.
Our day started with a tour of the Gettysburg National Military Museum, which showed a movie giving background information of what happened called "We are Met on a Great Battlefield." There was another exhibition called Gettysburg Cyclorama which showcases a light and sound show around a 377foot painting by Paul Philippoteaux. The artist also added into the mural a self-portrait of himself leaning against a tree within the battle. This whole experience was amazing. Presented in 3D and brilliantly displayed.
Then we went through the Military Museum.... Brilliant.
Russ then took us on an auto tour, which meant we stayed in the car, with a supplied map and we put on a CD which took us around the course of the battlefield explaining the significance of each area. There were several memorials and monuments throughout the circuit. This was an amazing day and we learned so much about American history during this time of slavery in America.
When we drove out of the battlefield area the first shops we saw were KFC and McDonalds........
Had lunch at Gettysburg at a Mexican Restaurant. Yummy enchiladas and burrito.
Drove back to Red Lion passing through the cornfields and pretty scenery of Pennsylvania.
We took Russ to dinner at the Great American Saloon in Red Lion. It was like stepping back to the 1960s. Many booths and mirrors. The walls were decorated with mounted head of deer, and stuffed animals like black bears, coyotes, foxes, eagles and there were many American Indian artefacts.
We had a lovely dinner, Peter had a sensational Filet Mignon and Linda had grilled chicken....... Shared some more wine with Russ back at the house. We enjoyed our stay immensely.
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