Bob and Shirley's Great Adventure 2011-12 travel blog


Part of the Cyclorama depicting the battle at Gettysburg

Incredible detail


View from Little Roundtop

One of the memorials


Robert E. Lee on the Virginia Monument

Pennsylvania Monument, the largest

The cannons thundered

Yesterday was a history lesson of the Civil War and specifically the three day battle of Gettysburg PA. We started out in the Visitor's Center where our timing was superb. After buying combo tickets we headed right to the theater to view a movie on the times, the reasons for the war from both perspectives and the battle. Next, up to the cyclorama which depicts the battle in a 360 degree painting and diorama. It was excellent however I feel the cyclorama in Atlanta is presented a bit better as you sit in a theater that moves you around the painting while the story is told but it still was supurb. We spent over an hour going through the museum and learned quite a bit and then headed for the tour bus. We took a 2 hour narrated tour of the battlefield and learned all about the strategies of both sides and what the circumstances were that decided the outcome. If you have never been to Gettysburg the National Battlefield is an American historical park. In the early 1900's it was decided to honor those fallen on both sides with state memorials (statues, plaques, markers etc.)in an attempt to bring the country together. So many people died during the 3 days and the town of Gettysburg with a population of around 2500 was devastated and had to bury the dead (horses too). We had a late lunch back at the Visitor's Center then drove the same route as the bus tour and Shirley got out to take pictures while I suffered through the Braves playoff loss on the radio. Enjoy the pics.

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