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Gettysburg – First Impressions June 17, 2007

Posted by Matsu in History.

Last week, as part of the technology conference I was attending, I had the opportunity to visit Gettysburg, the site of a major Civil War battle in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA. We started at the visitors’ center and museum next to the National Cemetery.

Here is a photo that I captured at the museum. The sign points out that up to 7 million bullets were used by more than 160 thousand infantry men in the 3 days of battle in and around Gettysburg.

Gettysburg bullets

The museum also included thousands and thousands of artifacts found in the fields in and around Gettysburg after the bloodshed ended.

Next, we took a bus tour of the town with a guide to point out key battles and events. It was very interesting and sobering to hear how the battle unfolded each of the three days around the town.

Gettysburg hospital sign

A fact that I did not know was that once a soldier was injured, they would be treated by either side of the battle. According to our guide, soldiers were treated the same way, no matter the color of their uniform so all hospitals (most of them were makeshift hospitals in homes and churches).

There were thousands and thousands of Americans killed in the many battles at Gettysburg during those 3 days. In the fields below, armies of the South clashed with those of the North.

Gettysburg fields

Once back at the museum and cemetery, I took this photo of a cannon next to a memorial and Civil War graves.

Gettysburg canon

There were thousands and thousands of cannons firing. It was said that people 20 and 30 miles away could hear the cannon fire. The fields were covered in smoke and bullets, up to 7 million of them, were constantly firing. It is hard to imagine how they functioned in those conditions. As many as 8,000 soldiers died and up to 50,000 soldiers were injured. I had no idea how large this battle was, how long they fought, and how many suffered.



1. Paul - December 4, 2008

Hundreds of cannons…not thousands, but that was enough…

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