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Tramp Stamp: Gettysburg

The final assault.  Here, the Union Army held off the all-out frontal charge by the Confederates, known as Pickett's Charge.  It would signal the end of the battle of Gettysburg for the Confederates.

Gettysburg.  As far as any conflict in the history of warfare is concerned, it's a name that will always conjure more images of death and heartache than any other.  Now, Gettysburg, in the countryside of Pennsylvania, is a quiet town surrounded by low, rolling hills and open fields, just as it was 150 years ago.  However, for three bloody days in early July, 1863, it was ground zero for a scene so far removed from the current tranquility that it enjoys. 

Union soldier re-enactor

In this Tramp Stamp post, a blog series that we at Imagetramp are devoting to amazing places that we've had the pleasure of visiting, we are highlighting the amazing place that is Gettysburg National Military Park.  Dave kicked the series off last week with his visit to Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany's Bavarian Alps.  Click here to see the amazing images and story of that trip.  I had the pleasure last summer of taking my father on a Civil War tour of the mid-Atlantic states of the U.S.  We visited Antietam, Fredericksburg. Petersburg, Manassas, Spotsylvania, The Wilderness, Chancellorsville, and of course, the most famous of all Civil War battlefields, Gettysburg.

The view across to Seminary Ridge from the Union line.   

This month marks the 150th anniversary of the destructive battle that took place over the course of 3 days from July 1 - 3, 1863.  It was a battle whose outcome would decide the fate of either of the warring armies.  The Union Army was on their back heels.  The Confederate South was on the offensive on Union soil.  A loss by the Union almost certainly would have been the end of the Civil War and the United States as we know it today.  However, after three days of gruesome battles, with one last final all-out charge by the Confederates, the Union managed to hold their ground and inflict massive casualties on the Southern Army.  This put an end to any ambition that the Confederates had of invading and securing the North.  From here, they were forced to retreat back into their territory.  The Civil War would go on for almost another two years.  

A Confederate re-enactor at Gettysburg National Cemetary

Those three days at Gettysburg saw a staggering 52,000 casualties.  Today, it is a solemn place.  A graveyard. It's a sad reminder of the destructive nature of war and the devastating loss of life that goes with it.  It's a remarkable place to visit and to pay homage to the brave soldiers that fought here.  May they all rest in peace.  

The site of President Lincoln's famous Gettysburg address. 

Grave markers at the Gettysburg National Cemetery

To check out more images from our fantastic Civil War tour, go to our Washington D.C & American Civil War gallery under our Places tab.