The battle of Gettysburg occurred July 1-3, 1863.
The following provide additional online information on the battle.
- National Park Service Gettysburg site - Provides information about the park, planning a visit and the history of the battle and the park.
- Wikipedia - Great encyclopedic information on the battle.
Town of Gettysburg
The town of Gettysburg has a small town flavor. If you stay in town, you will find many people walking along the main tourism roads of Steinwehr Avenue and Baltimore Pike Road.
- Gettysburg Chamber of Commerce
- Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Gettysburg Foundation
If you are interested in antiques or civil war memorabilia, you will find many stores to suit your desires.
Gettysburg National Military Park is part of the National Park System. It is a living history lesson, sight of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, made famous by Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Gettysburg - the town and the battlefield park - provide a landscape that is eerily unchanged from those scenes captured by the photography of Matthew Brady nearly 140 years ago. The National Park's features Visitor Center & Museum, some of the finest sculptures, as well as The Eisenhower National Historic Site.
Tick and Lyme Disease Notice from the National Park Service
"In natural areas such as Gettysburg National Military Park, caution must be maintained while walking through tall grasses and brush. Lyme Disease can be transmitted to humans after contact with an infected deer tick, a small species of tick common in Pennsylvania. Visitors who prefer to walk in such areas should be aware of this danger and be certain to examine their clothing for these parasites." See your vet about Tick prevention.
If you are one of the large group of people that have an mp3 player (like an iPod) then you will want to consider downloading a tour of the battlefield. The national park service in cooperation with Civil War Traveler magazine have produced free podcasts. The current podcasts include:
- Little Round Top - Anchoring an end of the Union line, this was the site of fierce fighting.
- Devil's Den - The Union soldiers defending this pile of giant boulders just west of Little Round Top found themselves on the far left flank of the Federal line July 2, 1863.
- Pickett's Charge - The doomed Confederate charge in which a division crossed open fields in the face of artillery fire.
- The Peach Orchard - Confederate attackers had a real chance to cut the Union line in half in and around the Peach Orchard July 2, 1863.
- The Wheat Field - The fighting in the wheat field at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, was some of the most intense and confusing of the war.