The battleground covers an area of about 15 square miles and there are approximately 1300 monuments/markers and structures of interest in that area. It is a lot to cover! There are some big wide open spaces, fields of corn, soy and sorghum within that space but still an awful lot to see.
So, lest we forget, the battle ran from July 1st - 4th, 1963. 165,000 men. Of those, 51,000 were killed, wounded or missing a the end of the battle. Every structure in the small town of Gettysburgh that could be used as a hospital was and 15% of the wounded would die there or later of their wounds. It was the decisive turn in the Civil War which would still go on for 2 more years.
I am just putting up pics of some monuments I found interesting, including most of the large state monuments, and story boards for refreshers. This is part one due to the number of pics:
|chatting with Lincoln over the Gettysburg Address|
So many monuments and markers
but some really caught my eye
|an Irish brigade|
|view Union troops had from Little Round Top|
|a New York monument on Little Round Top|
|South Carolina monument|
|New York monument|
|Minnesota and Pennsylvania monuments|
|PA monument at sunset|