Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

The Battle between the North and South

July 1-3, 1863


The Gettysburg Cyclorama at the Visitor Center the dramatic 1884 painting that depicts "Pickett's Charge Cannon Emplacement at the National Cemetery on Cemetery Hill Ridge

Our trip to Gettysburg combined a visit with Lila’s family, Harry and Diane, as well as an opportunity to learn about the fierce Battle of Gettysburg that took place during the Civil War.  We also visited the new visitor center at the battlefield and the home of President Dwight Eisenhower after he left the White House.

We stayed at a recently opened inn …the Federal Point Inn, which we would recommend very favorably and was walking distance to the many fine restaurants in the center of Gettysburg.   Two full days enabled us to tour the battlefield and some of the small museums in the area on the first day and the visitor center and the Eisenhower farm on the second day.  We also visited the National Cemetery at Cemetery Hill Ridge where President Lincoln gave the famed Gettysburg address and where the remains of many of the soldiers killed during that three day battle are buried.

I will not talk about the tragic events of that battle……books and articles have been written for one hundred and fifty years on the subject……It is well documented. The battlefield surrounds much of the city from the northwest to the south and southeast.  

So much is now known about what happened during those three days, but the state of mind of these soldiers waiting to go into battle truly must tell the story of how fifteen thousand died and thirty-five thousand were maimed and wounded.   The hatred that existed between the north and the south at that time tore the fabric that defined our society and left us unable to unite once again for decades.


Major  General Winfield Hancock

Union Commander at the Battle of Gettysburg

Relieved Major General John Reynolds

Soldiers National Monument

Site of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

Major General John Reynolds

Commander of the Union Army at the Battle of Gettysburg

Killed July 1, 1863


The David Wills Home

President Lincoln Spent the Night Before Delivering the Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Battlefield

Surrounding the City of Gettysburg


Major General George Edward Pickett of the Confederate States Army

A Soldier Figure From the Soldiers National Monument