The group was up early and spent the very cold day touring the Gettysburg Battlefield. First we drove the southern end of the Confederate line and climbed the Longstreet Tower. From the top, we could see the whole battlefield.
We then visited spots in chronological order, beginning with the events on July 1, 1863.
After a smooth flight to Baltimore, the group loaded up in our vans and drove to Gettysburg. We went straight to the National Service Vistor's Center. http://www.nps.gov/gett/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm We watched the film, A New Birth of Freedom, narrated by Morgan Freeman, which served a great beginning for our weekend.
Next, we experienced the Gettysburg Cyclorama, http://www.nps.gov/gett/historyculture/gettysburg-cyclorama.htm. Painted in 1882 by Paul Dominique Philippoteaux, it is a 40 foot high, circular oil painting depicting the final Confederate charge on the third day of the battle. The painting, combined with narration and sound and light special effects was very impressive.
After the Cyclorama, we toured the excellent museum. "The Gettysburg Museum of the Civil War, with 22,000 square feet of exhibit space, features relics of the Battle of Gettysburg and personalities who served in the Civil War, inter-active exhibits, and multi-media presentations that cover the conflict from beginning to end as well as describe the Battle of Gettysburg and its terrible aftermath."*
* description from the National Park Service website
After a long and rainy day, the group discussed our time at the Visitor's Center and then relaxed for dinner together. Once back in our room, I tried my best, but was not able to get pics uploaded to shelnuttsden.
Thanks to the folks at The Cultural Approach to the Study of History based at Columbus State University http://culturalapproach.org/, I'll be able to visit Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and tour the Battlefield Park as well as the National Cemetery and make a quick stop in Harpers Ferry,
As the group tours, we will focus on the political, religious, aesthetic, intellectual, social, and economic aspects of the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln's speech.
I'm thrilled to be able to see the places I've learned and taught about the battle that is considered the turning point in the Civil War: Cemetery Ridge, The Wheat Field, Devil's Den, and Little Round Top. I plan to recite Lincoln's address while I'm at the National Cemetery. If all goes well, I'll upload it to http://www.learntheaddress.org/
I hope I can upload pics and info each night. Stay tuned!