"A Nation Divided Cannot Stand" Gettysburg National Historical Park by newyorkerman

The American Civil War (1861-1865) has been the only experience of armed conflict on the soil of the USA since the American Revolution. This park is the site of one of the most pivotal battles in the course of that war. Located in a still-rural part of the state of Pennsylvania, the Confederate (Southern) army attempted to split the Union forces(Northern states) into two.
In a battle which lasted for several days, thousands of soldiers on both sides gave their lives. The Union, however, finally turned the Confederate soldiers back. This is often considered the battle which turned the tide in this fight. Military scholars say that had the Northern general leading the fight pursued the fleeing Confederate soldiers, the war might have ended two years sooner.
The site occupies several hundred acres, divided by the farm fences, which are supposed to have been decisive in the battle's outcome.
Every citizen of the United States of America has to approach this site as the "hallowed ground" it was called by the martyred President Abraham Lincoln at his dedication of the site, shortly after the conflict.

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  • Pros:Beautiful, historical place
  • Cons:Lot's of crowds and it takes work to understand
  • In a nutshell:A crucial part of American history, which cannot be approached lightly
  • Last visit to Gettysburg National Historical Park: Jun 1987
  • Intro Updated Jul 8, 2003
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