After visiting Saint Augustine I’ve been eager to visit another historical landmark with my son. Since we were already driving through Central Pennsylvania I thought Gettysburg would be the perfect place to stop. Though I visited Gettysburg as a teen, I knew seeing it through a child’s eyes would be a completely different experience.
Since we didn’t have much time I decided to do a free self driving tour around Gettysburg National Military Park. Not taking a guided tour was quicker, but less informative. I tried to briefly explain the history of the town before our visit, being a minor history buff myself and my son knowing a thing or two, made it easier. If you do however have more time, there is a bus tour which is $30 per adult and $18 per child (6 -12). There is also a privately guided tour in your personal vehicle which ranges from $65 – $135 depending on how many people there are.
The Battle of Gettysburg was the largest battle of the American Civil War. In Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on July 1 to 3, 1863, at least 45,000 Americans were killed or injured, more than in any other Civil War conflict. Only one civilian was killed during the battle, due to a stray bullet that went through a door. Gettysburg ended up being the turning point of the Civil War.
Many feel Lincoln was one of the greatest Presidents we’ve ever had. Four months after Gettysburg, President Lincoln honored the Union fallen and redefined the war’s purpose with his famous “Gettysburg Address.”
I wish we had more time here. There was a lot we didn’t get to see, including the Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park and downtown Gettysburg. In a couple years I can see us coming back.