Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Friday, October 5 Gettysburg

We wake to sunny skies, wonderful! After a big breakfast from the hotel’s good, hot breakfast buffet, we drive the 20 or so miles to the Gettysburg National Military Park. Dick is absolutely salivating over the prospect of spending the day at the park. We have been here before, but didn’t have time to do more than just drive the road through the battlefield. Since we were here last they have built a beautiful visitor’s center and nice museum.

We get tickets to the museum, the movie and the cyclorama, an 1883 panoramic painting of Pickets Charge by a Frenchman. The painting is 27 feet tall and 359 feet long. It is mounted on the wall in a circular room. The battle is reenacted using the painting with light and sound effects.

Dick spends a long time in the museum. There is a wonderful collection of artifacts and other displays
that tell the story of those three days in July 1863 where over 51,000 men were killed, wounded or missing. The loss of life resulted in the building of the Gettysburg National Cemetery and President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863 at the cemetery’s dedication.

We have lunch at the Visitor’s café and then do the driving tour.

Dick walks two of the trails at Big Round Top and Little Round Top.

It is a nice day.

We get fried chicken with all the triming and have dinner at the hotel.

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