Gettysburg, PA

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.

General and Mrs. Grant visiting the troops at Gettysburg. (for those who may not know, General Grant was at Vicksburg, Mississippi July 1863) This was a surprise visit!
Artillery on top one of the Ridges – 2006
Gettysburg Battlefield – 2006
The Devils Den, Gettysburg, PA 2008
One of the original farm houses on the battlefield.
The Farnsworth House – now a restaurant that serves meals that were available in 1863. If you look closely you can see bullet holes in the side of the building from the battle.
Henry Culp Farm, Gettysburg, PA 2008 One of the stories is that the nephew of Henry Culp fought for the Confederacy and was at the battle near the farm of Henry Culp.


6 thoughts on “Gettysburg, PA

  1. thanks for showing us this. Civil war, any war I guess, is so costly, its good to remember those who paid the price. It is just awful that today so often it is civilians, especially women and children, who tend to be the ones who pay, as in Syria right now.


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