Gettysburg a three day battle that was fought in July 1-3, 1863, in which 45,515 confederate and union soldiers were killed or wounded. Each year their is an annual reenactment, but in the month of November a day is put aside to remember the men on both sides who fought during this bloody three day battle.
Every year thousands of visitors make a pilgrimage to Gettysburg to remember the day when Abraham’s Lincoln spoken his most famous words in the “Gettysburg Address”. Not only is the “Gettysburg Address”, recalled by a Lincoln look-alike interpreter, but civil war interpretor in the thousands come together to march in the annual parade. The day ends usually with an illumination (weather permitted), that is held in the cemetery where those who fought in this infamous battle are laid to rest. I’ve gone to this event twice and both times the illumination was canceled due to rain or wind.
If you want to read a first person account about what life was like for a common solider, I highly recommend you read “Hardtack & Coffee“. If you want to learn more about the hobby of reenactor/historic interpretation, I recommend you read “Confederates in the Attic. Below are just a few books that I’ve found that my local library does have for patrons who are interested in the American Civil War.
Some other books…. for children, photography & ghost enthusiast
- I survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863, by: Lauren Tarshis
- My brother’s keeper : Virginia’s diary, by: Mary Pope Osborne
- Lens of war : exploring iconic photographs of the Civil War, Matthew J Gallman
- Civil War ghost trails : stories from America’s most haunted battlefields, by: Mark Nesbitt