|Our spot at the Gettysburg Battlefield KOA|
Garmin took us to the Gettysburg Battlegrounds by sort of a back route. We wandered on the roadways through the huge battleground area. There are zig-zagging split rail fences and nearly 1,300 huge marble and bronze sculptures throughout the fields. Every state or military unit with a tie to the Civil War seems to have erected a monument here. Then, we walked through the cemetery area where Lincoln gave the "Four score and seven years ago..." speech. This place had graves from later conflicts like all our American Military cemeteries.
|Soldiers National Monument |
near site of Gettysburg Address
Abraham Lincoln was the second speaker on November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg. Lincoln was preceded on the podium by the famed orator Edward Everett, who spoke to the crowd for two hours. Lincoln followed with his now immortal Gettysburg Address. On November 20, Everett wrote to Lincoln: “Permit me also to express my great admiration of the thoughts expressed by you, with such eloquent simplicity & appropriateness, at the consecration of the Cemetery. I should be glad, if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes. (http://myloc.gov)We finally found the Visitor Center, and did the quick walk through the display area and museum shop, skipping the Park Ranger lectures and cyclorama shows in order to make it to our goal in NY by evening.
The scenery on today's drive was breath-taking! Some areas of wooded hillsides looked like they'd been splattered with paint. We lost the guilt about missing the Ohio River route, since the road to NewYork took us all along the Susquehanna River. This one is wide and shallow, sort of like the Platte River back home.
|This was my favorite sculpture...in the parking lot across|
from the Soldiers National Cemetery, Gettysburg, PA
|This squirrel enjoys the many varieties |
of trees and nuts in the cemetery.
|The large domed ediface across this field is the Pennsylvania Monument.|
|Mom picked up pinecones...as usual...at |
Gettysburg. This one reminded her of a cigar!
|Painted hills and cloudy skies in Pennsylvania|
|Mural in Port Byron, NY, an original Erie Canal Port city|
|another state line|
|Full moon at Hejamada RV campground, Montezuma, NY|