It rained all day yesterday so we just stayed in. But today was better so north we go! We have crossed the Mason-Dixon line into Pennsylvania and are no longer in the south.
Gettysburg and it’s famous Civil War Battlefield is just across the Virginia/Pennsylvania state line. We checked our Passport America directory to help us decide which campground to stay at and decided on Artillery Ridge Campground. We paid for three nights.
The Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center is very close to our campground, so that was our first stop for our outing today.
The visitor center is huge, with two movie theaters, a fabulous museum, restaurant and gift shop.
Lincoln greets you outside.
After watching a movie about the Battle of Gettysburg we are escorted to an escalator that took us up to the cyclorama, a circular platform which was surrounded 360 degrees by a very large painting, The Battle of Gettysburg, by Paul Philippoteaux. Lighting effects highlighted areas as a narrator described the battle all around us.
We took the two-hour Gettysburg Battlefield Tour bus guided tour. Our guide knew everything about the battle, pointed out where certain events happened and answered everyone’s questions.
Three days in July, 1863. This was the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War. Over 51,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or missing.
The battlefield is covered with monuments and memorials. Estimates are there are around 1,500 here. The bus only made a few stops at the more significant ones. If the sun is out tomorrow we may drive the route through the battlefield with our car for a more detailed look.
We spotted a Minnesota Memorial. 262 Minnesotans died here.
After the bus tour we returned to the visitor center to go through the fabulous museum until closing. Everything anyone wants to know about what happened here, the events leading up to it, and what happened after, it’s all here. There are more videos, explanations, and artifacts to see here.
Flags were flying at half mast because President Lincoln was killed on this day 150 years ago.
- Lodging: $110 (2 nights 50% PA discount and 1 night 10% Good Sam Discount)
- Admission & Tour: $72