I’ve always enjoyed learning about American History, particularly the U.S. Civil War era, since it occurred during the time that one of my favorite presidents – President Abraham Lincoln – served the country.
That being said, for as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to visit Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the site of the Battle of Gettysburg and the inspiration for Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
This week, we finally had the opportunity to!
We began our drive early, to make the road trip from Pittsburgh to Gettysburg in a day.
We then navigated directly to the Gettysburg National Military Park to obtain as much information from the National Park Museum and Visitor Center about what we wanted to visit as possible.
After we had been to the Visitor Center, we ultimately decided to visit the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, where Union who passed away in the Battle of Gettysburg were buried and where Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address.
We then participated in the self-guided Auto Tour, so that we could tour the 25+ miles of Gettysburg at our own pace.
The visit made us thankful that: “Our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” – Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863
Although it is a solemn place, it was a very informative visit, and we enjoyed the beautiful fall day we had there.
Have you visited Gettysburg before? How did you spend your day at the National Park?