Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Gettysburg

On Saturday I visited Gettysburg. The battle of Gettysburg was a very important battle of the Civil War (U.S.). For three days, July 1, 2, and 3, 1863, the union army (the north) and the confederate army (the south) fought in the fields and mountains of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The battle wore out the confederates and was the last huge battle that General Lee would ever attempt.
Today, the Gettysburg National Military Park is laid out over 18 miles. In your car you can visit many monuments, battle fields, and places that were important during the battle. You can also walk through the cemetery where 6000 people, including veterans of the Civil War, have been laid to rest. It was in the cemetery that Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address.
The fields are peaceful today. Even beautiful. Nothing like the scene in Peter Frederick Rothermel’s Pickett’s Charge (shown below).
Notice the canon in the bottom left corner. There are many canons on display in the cemetery and throughout the driving tour, like the one shown below.
Also look at the rock wall stretching from the bottom center of the painting. Those rock walls were still scattered through the fields. The soldiers used them to protect themselves from gun fire.

5 comments:

Mom said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESSICA!!!

Mom said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESSICA!!!

Jessica said...

Thanks, Mom! It was a good one.

Peter said...

Well, obvioulsy I missed it! Happy Birthday anyhow, slightly late!

Jessica said...

Thanks, Peter!