Riding the Battle of Gettysburg

Gettysburg Cemetery. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
Did yous grow upwards inward the era when summertime opor-garai meant beingness taken to historic sites to "see America"? And was your nose, similar mine, stuck inward a comic book? Today it's Game Boys or I-Pads but the number is the same: Frustrated parents railing almost ungrateful children as well as children whining almost beingness forcefulness marched through dull fields as well as quondam buildings for reasons they didn't understand.

Sound familiar?

 Put those ungrateful, frustrated niggling wretches atop a horse, though, as well as it becomes an adventure. Put yourself on i as well as empathize the greatest battle of the Civil War.

What occurred at that topographic point sinks in, too.

Virginia's monument to Robert E. Lee as well as the troops he led. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 watch to Gettysburg is an emotional sense but it tin live on tough for us Levelers. There's a lot of walking -  6,000+ acres, 1,300+ monuments - as well as changes of elevation. There are tours past times bus, bicycle, car, Segway or my favorite.

Tip: Get thee to a horse.

The starting fourth dimension of a ride the battle from the Southern side. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
The importance of the Battle of Gettysburg, the terrible waste matter of life, the Emancipation Proclamation that followed 150 years agone today acquire out far tardily to empathize why this is hallowed ground. But no amount of books, maps as well as documentaries made what genuinely happened clear to me until I literally "rode the battle".

Southern troops spread across a farmer's fields - no shade or water. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
I learned as well as understood to a greater extent than inward an hr than I had inward a lifetime.

It's even then farmland as well as the farmhouse is even then there. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
There are horseback tours from the Southern as well as the Northern sides. Mine was from the Southern side as well as I heartily recommend it. You tin drive upwards to the Northern positions as well as easily appreciate their superior ground.

The barn from a neighboring farm is even then there, too. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
Don't worry if yous can't ride; the horses are gentle as well as it's a olfactory organ to tail, walk as well as beak pace. You won't live on mounted long plenty to acquire sore.

Once the Southern troops left a sparse trouble of trees they were inward the opened upwards with niggling cover. Photo © past times Judy Wells.
You'll live on able to ask heed what the accompanying guide says because you'll live on wearing ear buds as well as i of those niggling clip-on battery operated receivers.
Northern troops held the high ground. Photo © past times Judy Wells.

Speaking of guides, yous tin opt for ordinary, a costumed General Robert E. Lee or the whole grouping to live on inward catamenia costumes. Ordinary, the to the lowest degree expensive, was merely fine, give thank yous you. I tin imagine how uncomfortable woolen uniforms would possess got been on those 3 hot July days.
Aptly named Cemetery Ridge was perfect encompass for snipers. Photo © past times Judy Wells.

Those licensed guides/rangers, past times the way, written report for years as well as are rigorously tested on their noesis of the battle as well as the times. It's easier to acquire a PhD from an Ivy League college than to acquire a guide at Gettysburg.

The result: the Union was saved as well as the Emancipation Proclamation could live on signed into police pull at a terms to both sides of 51,000 casualties alongside the 170,000 men as well as 5,000 dead horses. Photo © past times Judy Wells.

 Find out to a greater extent than at
Gettysburg National Military Park, www.nps.gov/gett
Tours, www.gettysburg.travel/visitor/gettysburg_battlefield_tours.asp

Riding the Battle of Gettysburg