Friday, May 13, 2011
Three days in July which changed the world
Above: This row of cannons is on the Yankee end of Pickett's Charge.
In Gettysburg PA, there are tour buses everywhere, and why not? The Civil War was an important event in our country's history. Visitors come from around the world to see the site of its biggest battle.
I was at the Gettysburg National Military Park yesterday. They offered a two-hour guided tour by bus, a movie with a cinematron or a tour of the museum. Which would you do? Why all three of course. They called it the Value Pack.
The battle was fought the first three days of July in 1863. Lincoln came on in November to dedicate the area as a park and cemetery. He came by train. No, he didn't write the Gettysburg address on the train on the back of an envelope. He wrote it in the White House before he came and shared it with cabinet members to get their feedback.
Across from the train station, there's a restaurant named Lincoln's Cafe, but he didn't eat there. It had too many Booths.
Above: The average age of a Civil War soldier was 22. They came from 33 states and all walks of life. Image shot from the Museum at the Gettysburg National Park.
Above: The Civil War artillery didn't shoot rifled cannons, designed to knock down fortifications. They,instead, used cannons filled with one big ball made up of shrapnel that would spread out when shot. They were designed to kill soldiers.
Above: When I think about the North, I think of President Lincoln. When I think of the South, I don't think about Jefferson Davis, but rather Robert E. Lee. These images are from the movie at the park.
Above: More than 2 million visitors come to Gettysburg each year to tour the battlefield and the museum. Some have their photo taken with this image of Abraham Lincoln.
Images by MOJO and taken with my Canon (Nos. 1, 3 and 5) and with my P&S.