Monday, July 28, 2014

Vacation Part 12: U.K. James' Gettysburg National Cemetery: Gettysburg Address

Entering the cemetery
On Saturday, July 5, we took our friend James to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to experience the history (and tragedy) of the civil war. Gettysburg National Park is managed by the National Park Service and has a great museum with countless artifacts found on the battlefields, and monuments erected to every regiment of Union and Confederate soldiers placed over miles of countryside. For the National Park Service Website (hours, info, tours, directions): http://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm

Gettysburg National Cemetery
A Confederate Soldier Walks the Grounds
The location of the Gettysburg Address
Many unidentified bodies buried here
ABOUT THE BATTLE:    The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee's second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the "High Water Mark of the Rebellion", Gettysburg was the Civil War's bloodiest battle. The  Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1–3, 1863, in and around the town of Gettysburg, by Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War. The battle involved the largest number of casualties of the entire war and is often described as the war's turning point. Union Maj. Gen. George Meade's Army of the Potomac defeated attacks by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, ending Lee's attempt to invade the North.


CASUALTIES:   Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers from both armies were casualties in the three-day battle.


GETTYSBURG NATIONAL CEMETERY  -  On November 19, President Lincoln used the dedication ceremony for the Gettysburg National Cemetery to honor the fallen Union soldiers and redefine the purpose of the war in his historic Gettysburg Address.  We toured the cemetery and saw the spot where President Lincoln gave the famous address.

OUR  1 MINUTE VIDEO OF GETTYSBURG NATIONAL CEMETERY : Lincoln's Gettysburg Address site
Your video will be live at: http://youtu.be/sC5HUJ9ztQs


 

NEXT: GETTYSBURG RE-ENACTMENTS, GHOSTS  AND SOME MONUMENTS ON THE BATTLEFIELD

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14