Four Score and Seven Years Ago (Give or Take 150 Years)
On my way home from my Southern jaunt, I took a detour to check another
historical site off of my dream list:
I can't do the history of this battlefield justice here in a little blog post--
it is worth reading up on it if you get a chance.
I got there about half-way through my eleven hour drive.
I had planned to just take a quick look around and get back on the road.
But, I couldn't tear myself away.
I went inside the Visitor Center and watched a movie and
took in the museum.
I am one of those people who wants to read every plaque and take in
This is a bullet that was stopped by a belt buckle--kinda cool.
and cannon ball
The pretty drum...
and other musical instruments.
I was surprised to see that Utah sent out 96 soldiers
to fight for the Union.
From the museum, I drove over to the battlefield and cemetery.
I had overstayed already but I didn't know if I would
ever get back there again.
I meant to take a few pictures and then hit the road.
But I kept walking.
Just one more monument to see...
One more artifact to look at...
A majestic equestrian monument dedicated to the memory of
Northern Major General George Gordon Meade
(Read more about it here)
Another plaque to read.
We have a son-in-law from North (the South shall rise again) Carolina so
I stopped to take a closer look at this monument.
The inscription made me cry and was a reminder of
the lives lost on both sides.
You can see how close the regiment was to the High Water Mark
during Pickett's Charge before they were stopped.
I lingered and wandered the battlefield as the sun went down.
There is a feeling there that this
place is tragic and sacred.
I cannot say it any better than
President Abraham Lincoln:
ABRAHAM LINCOLN, “GETTYSBURG ADDRESS” (19 NOVEMBER 1863)