|I pulled over when driving in, |
when I realized I was driving through the battlefield
After a 7-hour drive, I spent the evening in the city, walking around, seeing the historic sites, and having dinner at a yummy French cafe. In the morning, I walked around the national cemetery, then met up with a guided tour of the battlefields. There was a movie and a cyclorama at the visitors center, but I didn't pay to see either. I did see the Starbucks though. Ain't that America...?
I had to pay for the tour - there were several options from a bus tour, to a tour guide driving your car, to a self tour with cd narrative. The park itself was free, as was parking.
Bill ordered me a copy of Gettysburg: The Last Invasion by Allan Guelzo and had it delivered to my house days after I returned home. It was great to read after I saw everything because I could picture the locations and events the author described. I think it made more sense that way, than if I had read the book beforehand. Excellent book, although a bit more military based than I normally read. (I'm more of a social historian).
There are approximately 1,300 monuments, statues and memorials in the battlefield. I want to go back sometime and photograph every one of them. Another reason to go back is the Gettysburg marathon, which was the same day as Toledo. Runners pick to represent either the north or the south, and their shirt is blue or gray, respectively. All the runners on the winning side get an extra prize (they have a way to determine the winners based on time, or placement, etc.)
|Walking in to downtown Gettysburg|
|Abe and me outside the visitors center|
|Graves at the national cemetery|
|Outside the cemetery and across the street|
|The cemetery was small. There was a larger part for more|
recent graves, but the Civil War burials were a small area.
|Where President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address|
|View of the battlefield from atop Little Round Top|
|Site of Pickett's charge|