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Way before the before the battle of Gettysburg, Gettysburg was once called Marsh Creek. It was purchased from the Iroquois Nation in 1736 by the William Penn family. It was here where many Scottish and Irish immigrants settled to find a new beginning. Around 1758 this area caught between the French and Indian War, the settlers experience violence at the hands of both French and Indian parties. Plundering and murdering settlers caught in their path. By 1761, a settler named Samuel Getty has built a tavern for travelers passing by and when his son James inherited the tavern, he bought many town lots and established them around their tavern. By the 1800’s the town was known as Gettysburg and became part of the Adams county seat. By 1860, the town had over 2,000 citizens and over 400 thriving businesses.

Defending his comrade!

During this 3-day battle, 51,000 Union and Confederate Troops lay dead, wounded, or missing. The town of Gettysburg was left to pick up the pieces with so many still wounded and dying solders spread out through the whole community with barns and homes becoming makeshift hospitals. Graves are dug hastily and so badly and with thousands of carcasses of dead horses are so piled up; the stench makes the town’s folk sick. It was during this time the Governor Andrew Curtin of Pennsylvania, has a local attorney David Wills to purchase 17 acres of land to rebury the dead, which becomes Gettysburg National Cemetery. It was during the cemetery’s dedication in November of 1863 President Lincoln visited and gave one of his famous speeches. If you ever visit any Veterans Cemeteries there is always a plaque located among the honored with the speech of the “Gettysburg Address”

Gettysburg~The Historic Town

Please visit the town of Gettysburg. I think this wonderful piece of history gets overlooked. The center square is absolutely beautiful and all the folks were so friendly and kind.

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  • Last visit to Gettysburg: Dec 2010
  • Intro Updated Jun 1, 2011
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Some interesting Museums here that I wouldn't mind seeing myself!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2014 at 3:36 AM

    Sure is lots of history here and the buildings are so well preserved. Nice page Dee

  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    Dee, a great page and very historically interesting tips. Some great looking buildings. Thank you for sharing

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Another town that you found with plenty of interest! I would love to see the wax museum and see just how much they are like the Presidents. Nice page!

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    A very interesting page and leaves me so much more informed about American history. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    A town full of history! We visited the Arlington Cemetry when we visited the USA, not sure if it is close to Gettysburg.

  • Greggor58's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    I stopped by here a couple of weeks ago,got sidetracked..and didn't leave a calling card :o) A stopover required if I'm in the area sometime,seems a great diversion from the battlefield tours,thanks for stopping by Wengen with me,it IS an amazing place!!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    There seem to be some lovely old buildings here so I can see why you want to encourage people to visit :-) Sadly it seems to be still very overshadowed by the horrors of war

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Civil war is terrible and 51000 Union and Confederate soldiers lost in the battle at Gettysburg should make us always remember about it. Russia lost several million of its people in the civil war of 1918-1920... Thank you Dee for a very informative page!


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