according to wikipedia: “It is the area of the July 1–3, 1863, military engagements of the Battle of Gettysburg within and around the borough of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Locations of military engagements extend from the 4 acre site of the first shot at Knoxlyn Ridge on the west of the borough, to East Cavalry Field on the east. On Thursday, November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg.”
according to me: this is another one of those places that is eerie due to the natural beauty that juxtaposes all the devastation during the civil war. the park service does an amazing job keeping the grounds clean and reminiscent of the 1860’s. the statues, monuments, grave sites, and all the brochures and packets make the visit educational as well as interesting and inspiring. this type of learning beats lectures and note-taking exponentially.