Skip to content

Gettysburg: A Last Look

July 7, 2012

Friday, July 6, 2012

We drove back to Gettysburg for one last visit.  This time we parked, and strolled the streets of this historic town.

Many of the buildings and houses bear this plaque, indicating that they existed at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg.

The Gettysburg Hotel, built in 1797, sits on a corner of the town square, which is actually a large roundabout.  Driving through the roundabout was a bit of an adventure in itself.

The Wills House sits on one corner of the square.

It is, without doubt, a Civil War town, with antique shops full of memorabilia and artifacts, art galleries focused on the war, and food and drink establishments like the Blue & Gray Bar and Grill and the Lincoln Diner.

We spent a considerable amount of time in the Gettysburg Gallery.  Surrounded by an amazing collection of Civil War prints and original paintings, one begins to feel the sense of actually being in the middle of the battlefield.

There are a lot of “For Sale” and “For Rent” signs, but we saw only one empty storefront in our stroll up and down a couple of blocks on every street coming into the square.

We drove out of town, back out to the battlefield for one last look.  One of several stops was another visit to Little Round Top.  This time, instead of going to the top of Little Round Top, we parked down below and climbed up into Devil’s Den.  This rocky high point had to be taken before the assault on Little Round Top.  Union cannon batteries commanded the vast fields behind us.

The attack on Devil’s Den came across this open ground.  A private in the 1st Texas described the two-hour attack on Devil’s Den as “one of the wildest, fiercest struggles of the war”.

During our time here, we’ve been reminded of a lot, and we’ve learned a lot.  We’ve stood on ground that isn’t just boring, stale history.  It is ground that bears witness to one of the most important events in our history, and to who we are as a nation.

We’re glad we came.

Advertisements
No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: