As we cross over into another winter here at Gettysburg National Military Park, it’s a good time to remember that a winter’s stomp on the fields offers a terrific opportunity to study topography as well as a time for quiet reflection.
The scale of Gettysburg is immense: 6,000 acres; 1,320 monuments; 400 cannon; the Soldiers’ National Cemetery with 7,000 interments; one million artifacts and archival documents. But Gettysburg is so much more than numbers. It’s an American pilgrimage for a million visitors a year who explore the site of this massive Civil War battle and the place where President Abraham Lincoln outlined the future of the nation in his Gettysburg Address. The battle represents a pivotal moment in our nation’s history, where the fate of our “experiment in democracy” hung in the balance.
When you plan your visit to Gettysburg, we recommend you start at the Museum and Visitor Center. And what better way to end your stay than to walk in the footsteps of Lincoln, stand amid the great semi-circle of Union dead from the battle and re-read the words of his immortal address?
While you’re here, don’t forget to stop in for one of our free “Winter Lectures” happening Saturdays and Sunday through most of January, February and March, at 1:30 p.m.
Katie Lawhon, Management Assistant, December 20, 2012