Day 7: Pickett's charge and a ghost hunt

Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
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Trip End Jul 13, 2013


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Friday, June 21, 2013

After another fabulous breakfast at Dobbin House, we headed out to the battlefield. Danny has always wanted to make Pickett's Charge and this morning was perfect for a walk.

We went out to Seminary Ridge where about 15,000 Confederates had gathered to attack the Union Army. We began our walk at the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee where Gen. Pickett's men began their charge on the third day of the battle. We walked across the field, over the road and up to the rock wall and the copse of trees where the Union was able to force Pickett's retreat. The walk was was about 2 miles round trip. I can't imagine the courage it must have taken to fight like that knowing you would most likely be killed.

Next, we went up to Little Round Top and Devils Den. This was called the valley of death because of the intense fighting, the rocky terrain, and the number of casualties that occurred there.

Our next stop was Culp's Hill. The fighting here kept the Confederates from flanking Meade's army and was equally as important as the Battle of Little Round Top. There were two monuments to the Indiana regiments who were the first to defend Culp's Hill. Danny climbed to the top of the observation tower while I watched from below.

When we were done with the battlefield tour, we went to the north side of town to check out Gettysburg College. If you know Danny, you know we can't be anywhere near a football field without stopping to check out their stadium. Gettysburg College is a D3 school with about 2,600 student. The campus consisted of beautiful old red brick buildings and plenty of shaded green space. The football field was very nice with large bleachers and field turf. Go Bullets!

After lunch the "old man" needed a nap, so I dropped him off and headed to Hanover, PA, the closest town with actual shopping. I was in search of a pillow to replace the one I left in NY. Mission accomplished!

We sat on the porch for awhile and then walked over to Springhouse Tavern in the basement of Dobbin House for dinner. It's a cool place that definitely takes you back to colonial times. It was also a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Now we are waiting to go on a ghost hunt at 10:00 PM. It should be interesting!! Everyone keeps asking us if we've had any ghost sightings. Well, Danny swears while he was up reading and I was asleep, he heard the floorboards creak in our room and he felt the presence of someone watching him in curiosity. Last night I fell asleep with my hand around a bar of the iron headboard. I awoke a few hours later with my hand feeling ice cold on the bar. Was it a ghost??? Maybe. Or maybe it was because Danny had the room about the temperature of a meat locker!

I'll fill you in tomorrow on how tonight's ghost hunt goes. We'll be up early and on the road to our next stop, Charleston, SC.

Mindy & Danny
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