Gettysburg National Military Park
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It almost looks like I have all of a sudden become a war history fan. A few weeks ago I visited the heart of the England vs. United States war, the battlefields of Saratoga (see here). Today I was on the site of one of the most intense, bloodiest, and important battles of the American Civil, the Battle of Gettysburg in Gettysburg Pennsylvania.
I was actually on my way to Washington DC, with my visiting parents. In order to avoid expected traffic jams during rush hour we decided to make a side stop in Gettysburg.
It was here, in July 1863 that more than 72,000 men of General Robert E. Lee's army of the Confederate States of America (South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas, later joined by Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina and parts of Missouri and Kentucky, as well as tribes from Arizona, as well as the freshly declared state of West Virginia) fought a bloody war against the 94,000 men of the Union Army of Generals George G.
The land and former battle fields in and around Gettysburg are declared a National Military Park, administered by the National Park Service. Unlike the Saratoga site there is not too much to see of the actual battle scenes. There are of course several cannons but that is basically it. Instead the place is literally stuffed with memorials, statues, tributes, etc. they can all be admired by driving a 24-mile (39-km) self guided tour through the pleasantly rolling green landscape.
We did not drive the whole tour but got our share of memorials. Maybe a bit (with all due respect) of an overkill but certainly a special overkill.
More pictures below.