Located on the site of one of the bloodiest episodes in American history, Gettysburg National Military Park preserves the landscape of the historic 1863 battle between the Union and Confederate forces. Though the battle resulted in the largest number of casualties in the entire American Civil War, it became the turning point of the dramatic conflict when the Union army turned back the Confederate attempt to invade the North. The military park contains most of the original battlefield, as well as many support areas, including the supply and hospital locations. Start your exploration at the park's museum and visitor center, where you can see over 40,000 war artifacts and an enormous cyclorama painting of the battle by French artist Paul Philippoteaux. A visit to Gettysburg National Military Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Gettysburg online trip planner to plot your vacation.
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This trip was a bit of a splurge for me and my husband. We are both fans of learning history and we wanted to do something special. As a tour guide myself, I am sometimes hesitant to spend a lot.... more
This trip was a bit of a splurge for me and my husband. We are both fans of learning history and we wanted to do something special. As a tour guide myself, I am sometimes hesitant to spend a lot.... more »
Paul was our tour guide. He was wonderful. While driving our group around to all of the important stops along the battlefield and for 2.5 hours, he explained the events of the battle at Gettysburg...
Paul was our tour guide. He was wonderful. While driving our group around to all of the important stops along the battlefield and for 2.5 hours, he explained the events of the battle at Gettysburg... more »
We have been to the park to see some of the scenery into the past, but our last visit we spent milling around the visitor center and store. This is an exceptional shop. They have the best books on Gettysburg and other historical events in the founding of our country. Wonderful shirts and sweatshirts, and all sorts of gift items. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly. The store is well laid out and clean. All around the store are exhibits which are just simply fascinating. Don’t miss stopping at the visitor center when you visit the fields and the town.
Always worth a visit. This is not something you can see and completely take in with one visit. However, even if you can only fit in a quick look, pick out a couple of highlights such as Little Round Top or the site of the Gettysburg Address or the Eternal Light Peace Memorial or the High Water Mark. And then make plans to come back again and again to see it all. It is awe inspiring to learn of the sacrifices made by so many for the preservation of our union and for the liberty of all Americans.
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