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Gettysburg - fascinating look at bloodiest Civil War battle

The Gettysburg Address was just 271 words delivered 4 1/2 months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg; it is one of the best-known speeches in American history

The Gettysburg Address was just 271 words delivered 4 1/2 months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg; it is one of the best-known speeches in American history

The Gettysburg National Military Park has 1,320 monuments, 410 cannon, 148 historic buildings, and 41 miles of roads;  it is one of the largest collections of outdoor sculpture in the world

The Gettysburg National Military Park has 1,320 monuments, 410 cannon, 148 historic buildings, and 41 miles of roads; it is one of the largest collections of outdoor sculpture in the world

Gettysburg Cyclorama, is a painting by French artist Paul Philippoteaux depicting Pickett's Charge, the climactic Confederate attack on the Union forces during the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863; the painting is 42 ft high by 377 ft in circumference

Gettysburg Cyclorama, is a painting by French artist Paul Philippoteaux depicting Pickett's Charge, the climactic Confederate attack on the Union forces during the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863; the painting is 42 ft high by 377 ft in circumference

This map shows the movements of the Union and Confederate troops that result in the Battle of Gettysburg; the battle involved the largest number of casualties (50,000 ) of the entire war and is often described as the war's turning point

This map shows the movements of the Union and Confederate troops that result in the Battle of Gettysburg; the battle involved the largest number of casualties (50,000+) of the entire war and is often described as the war's turning point

Lincoln's signature is in the lower right corner of this copy of the Emancipation Proclamation; it is in the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center which is privately run with admission costing $15

Lincoln's signature is in the lower right corner of this copy of the Emancipation Proclamation; it is in the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center which is privately run with admission costing $15

Sachs Covered Bridge was built in 1854 and was designated Pennsylvania's most historic bridge in 1938 by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Sachs Covered Bridge was built in 1854 and was designated Pennsylvania's most historic bridge in 1938 by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Eisenhower National Historic Site preserves the home and farm of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President, which is adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park

Eisenhower National Historic Site preserves the home and farm of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President, which is adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park

Built in 1914, the Historic Round Barn  is one of only a handful of truly round barns surviving today; set 8 miles west of Gettysburg, I visited on the one day each week (Thursday) it is closed

Built in 1914, the Historic Round Barn is one of only a handful of truly round barns surviving today; set 8 miles west of Gettysburg, I visited on the one day each week (Thursday) it is closed

The Eisenhower farm served as a weekend retreat when Ike was president and then he and Mamie lived here after he left office in 1961; unfortunately the interior of the house was closed due to the pandemic

The Eisenhower farm served as a weekend retreat when Ike was president and then he and Mamie lived here after he left office in 1961; unfortunately the interior of the house was closed due to the pandemic

Completed in 1914, the Pennsylvania State Memorial is the largest of the state monuments on the Gettysburg Battlefield; the memorial stands along Cemetery Ridge and commemorates the 34,530 Pennsylvania soldiers who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg

Completed in 1914, the Pennsylvania State Memorial is the largest of the state monuments on the Gettysburg Battlefield; the memorial stands along Cemetery Ridge and commemorates the 34,530 Pennsylvania soldiers who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg

Lincoln signed this page from an autograph album on the day of his immortal address at Gettysburg; the museum would be very interesting to military history buffs

Lincoln signed this page from an autograph album on the day of his immortal address at Gettysburg; the museum would be very interesting to military history buffs

A telegraph operator tapped out news of General Lee's surrender on this telegraph key at Appamatox; this is one of the more than 40,000 artifacts on display in the visitor's center

A telegraph operator tapped out news of General Lee's surrender on this telegraph key at Appamatox; this is one of the more than 40,000 artifacts on display in the visitor's center

The guest house (1956) at the Eisenhower National Historic Site would be the perfect size for me!; the guest staying the longest was David Eisenhower who worked at Gettysburg in the summer of 1964

The guest house (1956) at the Eisenhower National Historic Site would be the perfect size for me!; the guest staying the longest was David Eisenhower who worked at Gettysburg in the summer of 1964

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