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.
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.
Civil War enthusiasts re-enacting part of the battle.
The observation tower allows for a birds eye view of the battlefield, specifically The Wheatfield, The Peach Orchard and Plum Run.
The view from atop Little Round Top, site of an unsuccessful assault by the Confederate forces against Union forces.
The 1st New Jersey Brigade Memorial.
The Pennsylvania Memorial along Cemetery Ridge. It is the battlefield’s largest 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”.