Gettysburg Battlefield 150th Anniversary

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, widely considered the turning point of the Civil War. At this battle Union forces defeated attacks by Confederate forces, ending General Robert E. Lee’s invasion of the North. Three weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit Gettysburg for the very first time.

The battlefield is filled with memorials to the various units that participated in this 3 day battle.

Pennsylvania Infantry marker

Pennsylvania Infantry Statue

Battlefield marker

Out of Many...One

Eternal Light Peace Memorial

Eternal Light Peace Memorial

View of the Battlefield from Seminary Ridge

View of the Battlefield from Seminary Ridge

View of Battlefield with cannon

The Virginia Memorial along Seminary Ridge is the sight of the last Confederate assault on July 3rd, known as “Pickett’s Charge”.  On top of the memorial is a statue of General Robert E. Lee on his horse Traveller.

Virginia Memorial

Statue of General Lee atop the Virginia Memorial

Battlefield from the Virginia Memorial

Site of Pickett's Charge

Civil War enthusiasts re-enacting part of the battle.

Battlefield Re-enactors

The observation tower allows for a birds eye view of the battlefield, specifically The Wheatfield, The Peach Orchard and Plum Run.

Observation Tower

View of Battlefield from the Observation Tower

Dial at top of Observation Tower

Looking Down the Stairs

The view from atop Little Round Top, site of an unsuccessful assault by the Confederate forces against Union forces.

Memorial atop Little Round Top

Battlefield from Little Round Top

Looking out a Memorial on Little Round Top

The 1st New Jersey Brigade Memorial.

First New Jersey Brigade Memorial

New Jersey Brigade

The Pennsylvania Memorial along Cemetery Ridge. It is the battlefield’s largest memorial.

Pennsylvania Memorial

Abraham Lincoln on the Pennsylvania Memorial

The 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Memorial at the High Water Mark, the farthest point reached by the Confederacy. It is where Union soldiers repelled “Pickett’s Charge”.

High Water Mark Statue

The View From the High Water Mark