"The Fate of the Nation" Top 5 Page for this destination Gettysburg National Military Park by mrclay2000

Our Hallowed Ground

Before the Civil War, Gettysburg was a sleepy little village in Pennsylvania not too terribly far from the state capital at Harrisburg. Students at the Lutheran Theological Seminary peacefully attended their studies here, and the descendants of pensioners from the Revolutionary War called this quiet corner of the world 'home.'

In 1863, Lee's large Confederate army swung north into Pennsylvania and then southward while an even larger Union army under George Meade followed. Regiments from both sides, having heard that shoes might be obtainable in town (of which both armies were sadly deficient), soon found themselves squaring off on McPherson Ridge. Other regiments quickly followed until the engagement heated into the worst conflict in the history of the Western Hemisphere. Of 150,000 men engaged, fully a third would fall through the short period July 1-3, 1863. In a war where the nation struggled to survive under principles set forth by the founding fathers, the pinnacle of that conflict occurred in this small corner of Pennsylvania, sleepy once more.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Full of history with over 1,400 markers and memorials
  • Cons:Hideous observation towers outside the grounds mar the overview
  • In a nutshell:Here's where the country fought for its national life
  • Last visit to Gettysburg National Military Park: Aug 1995
  • Intro Updated Jan 8, 2003
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  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2006 at 5:43 AM

    The only Civil Wat Battlefield I've been to. (I dont drive). A good introductory page on this pivitol battlesite.

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2005 at 6:47 AM

    Your pictures of Gettysburg showed some that I missed--nice job! Gettysburg is so filled with history, it's hard to take it all in on one visit...so we went again. Such a tragic place!

  • goingsolo's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2005 at 10:12 AM

    A great description of a tragically famous national park. Just finished wathcing the movie this weekend and was fascinated by your concise description of the Battle at Little Round Top. Great job.

  • keida84's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2005 at 8:21 AM

    thanks for your comments, we are heading back there next month, I will have more photo opps to replace picture with. It will be great to see the area in the winter. Fine work on your pages. Kat

  • EllenH's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2004 at 5:36 PM

    the observation tower that you mention was taken down for that very reason. used to live about 30 minutes from gettysburg and it was favorite hooking school destination.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2004 at 8:55 AM

    A dramatic point in the history of the US deserves a dramatic memorial. That has been achieved as your fine pages point out.

  • annk's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2003 at 4:23 PM

    Nice impact with B/W photos. Excellent page!

  • Geoff_Wright's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2003 at 4:21 PM

    Excellent page, and I have some catching up to do :O)).

  • tompt's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2003 at 1:06 PM

    Great page, enjoyed your write up and your pics.

  • tony248's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2003 at 3:45 PM

    I believe your interpretation of the importance of the battles fought here are correct. The fate of two nations and the history of the world were determined here. Few realize that fact. Great job on this page.


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