July 31, 2008

Day 4 Four Score & Seven years ago...

East Coast Trip: Day 4

Another favorite spot~Gettysburg. Like, Mt. Vernon, Gettysburg is always a moving even spiritual experience.

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure... " Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863

It is remarkably more meaningful to learn about history while actually, physically standing on the very ground where that history was made. It makes the stories come to life!

I thought the whole day was going to be lost when I realized, shortly after beginning our tour, that my camera battery was dead! I couldn't believe it. We desperately purchased a cheap, disposable, digital camera just so we could get pictures. Thankfully, I was able to get a few good photos ~ but you'll have to forgive me for the very bad, blurry photos.

It was a poignant walk as we crossed the fields of Picket’s fateful charge where thousands of men died.

The momentous Little & Big Round Top

Our hearts were stirred as we climbed through the boulders of Little & Big Round Top and Devil's Den where the Union troops miraculously held their ground.

For lunch we went to the historic Dobbin's House~ Gettysburg's oldest, most historic home built in 1776! It was like stepping back in time. The Tavern is in the cellar. It is cold & dark, lit only by candlelight, and smelled like old wet rocks and wood and the waitresses were dressed in Civil War Era clothes. We enjoyed traditional colonial cuisine ~ homemade breads, old fashioned Rootbeer, their famous & delicious French onion soup and homemade, all American apple pie!

Even with our dead camera battery ~ it was a great day.

End of Day 4.

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