Heros of 1863


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In 1863 July 1st, the USA as we knew it was about to change. Two armies one from the south (General Lee) and one from the north (General Mead) met unexpectedly in a town called Gettysburg Penn. What happened after these two armies met would be written in the history books as the bloodiest battle ever to be witnessed by man in modern history, even more so, the USA. Over a three day period of time and only 24 hours of actual fighting, the USA lost 55,000 of it’s finest sons. If you want to compare, that is more men in 24 hours than we lost in all of Vietnam.

This is hard to imagine. So yesterday, I took a trip to go see the battle grounds. Little did I know it was a 22 mile sloth of battlefield. There is no image, no thought, nothing that can wrap this day up with just one image. On the battlegrounds there are over 500 monuments, IN A 22 MILE EGG SHAPED CIRCLE, that is less than 10 miles in one direction. There are area of these grounds called “The Valley Of Death” (4500 killed in less than 4 hours in “The Wheatfield”) or Devil’s Den. All of these battles are marked by monuments placed there from every state in the U.S. that had a group of soldiers there.

When you go through this auto tour and realize the magnitude of devastation there is nothing you can do, or say, the only thing you can do is pray, and cry. You can’t even prepare for this experience. This battle is one of the single most important battle of the Civil War involving over 160,000 men standing at less than 200 yards (sometimes only a few feet) from each other with guns firing.

Like I said, there is not one photo, not even 100 photos (I took over 400 photos and still) can not begin to describe this battle. If you cannot go to Gettysburg Penn, look it up on the net. You will be blown away, I promise you! If you have that opportunity to drive there (even if it’s a couple hours) it is well worth the trip. I’ve seen a lot, but this is one place that will bring the strongest man to tears. It goes to show, Freedom comes with a price, a very big price. Thank you for taking the time to read this!

In this photo you can see the concrete lines, those are the head stones. It is laid in one solid piece, and the dead are buried so close that their names are only separated by inches. This area of the cometary takes up an area the size of a football field, and is only a have circle around the NY monument!!!!!!

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