As Gettysburg is nearing its 150th anniversary I thought I would share some pictures of the times we spent there. It is an amazing place. It is fascinating to be a part of the history that was made there, but it is also a solemn place because of the history that was made there. We made frequent visits there and it is still one of our favorite places to visit in Pennsylvania.
The Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1, 2, and 3, 1863, in Gettysburg, PA. It was the costliest battle of the Civil War, resulting in approximately 51,112 individuals being killed, wounded, missing, or captured. The South’s retreat and terrible losses were a turning point in the war. From that point on, the South had to abandon its attempt to take the war North.
I found out that this was not the first time General Lee entered Pennsylvania. In 1862 after the Battle of Chantilly, General Lee divided his troops to Harpers Ferry, WV, Hagerstown, MD, Chambersburg, PA, and leaving the rest of his troops in South Mountain which is the northern extension of the Blue Ridge Mountain range in Maryland and Pennsylvania. From the Potomac River near Knoxville, Maryland in the south, to Dillsburg, Pennsylvania in the north, in the hopes of invading the North through Maryland (Maryland Campaign) into Pennsylvania and eventually into Washington DC.