Gettysburg Journals

Gettysburg, PA: A look into my past

An October 2004 trip to Gettysburg by Joekirr

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Quote: Discovering my ancestors' place in history

Gettysburg, PA: A look into my past

Overview

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Discovering my ancestor's name on the Pennsylvania monument, finding the 6th Pennsylvania Monument, "storming" Culp's Hill.

Quick Tips:

Try to avoid the major patriotic holidays unless you like huge crowds. Try to go in the reverse order of everyone else, hit Culp's Hill, then make your way to the High Water Mark. It seems everyone does the exact opposite.

Best Way To Get Around:

Car--the tour roads are thin but well maintained. Biking is also good, and hiking is fine, but the battlefield is almost too big unless you are in great shape.

Gettysburg National Military Park and Cemetery

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Attraction | "Gettysburg National Battlefield"

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The High Water Mark is, to many, the focal point of the Battle of Gettysburg. Located not too far from the visitor center, the High Water Mark was the farthest the famed assault of Pickett's Charge reached on July 3, 1863. This failed, famed charge across the field is commemorated by a plaque marking the spot the charge was stopped, thus ending the South's ambitions in Pennsylvania. Little Round Top and Devil's Den are easily accessed by the tour road. Some of the most vicious fighting occurred on these sites. Little Round Top was coveted ground throughout the battle, and many Confederate assaults were repulsed by the Union throughout the battle. The view atop this precipice is spectacular, and ...Read More

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Gettysburg National Military Park and Cemetery
1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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It was important for me to find the memorial for the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Even though my Great-Great Grandfather's name is on the Pennsylvania Monument-along with anyone else from Pennsylvania who fought in the Civil War--I felt a need to make a more direct connection. I needed to stand where he stood. Luckily for me the gift shop had a map/poster of all the locations of all the monuments on the battlefield. The monument I was looking for is on the South Cavalry Battlefield which is down the road from the main battlefield-where Pickett's Charge occurred. I got in my car and drove down the road a ways to try to locate the monument. After driving until I was almost in Maryland, I made the edu...Read More

The Reasons for the Trip

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Every time we went on vacation as a family when I was a kid, my dad always fit something of historical relevance into the trip. Whether it be a fort, battlefield, baseball field or anything that would be of importance to the history of our country he would make a point of visiting it. I'm not talking about the World's Biggest Ball of String here--actual relevant places. We all enjoyed these side trips, and the sites were often the reason for the trip. My father passed his love of history onto me. I get a big thrill out of discovering new things I had never seen or found before. I always promised myself that once I got a safe, reliable car I would make my way back to all the places we went to to ...Read More

Storming Culp's Hill

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Having read a book called "Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill" by Harry Pfanz a short time before my trip, I took it upon myself to storm Culp's Hill just like the Confederates attempted during the Battle of Gettysburg. Culp's Hill is adjacent to Spangler's Spring on the battlefield. It was a rather unimposing mound at first glance, until I actually got out of my car and walked the perimeter. Armed with maps I photocopied from the book, I noted where each regiment was and remembered what they did from the book. It is easy to navigate the field with at least an idea of who did what where outlook. I came to the point where I thought one of the Southern regiments attempted to storm the hill - writing thi...Read More

About the Writer

Joekirr

Joekirr
NEW PROVIDENCE, New Jersey