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The strategic location of Gettysburg led to the town’s involvement in one of the most important and bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Coming to Gettysburg you should plan to stay more then just one day, if you want to explore the area’s sights properly. The Gettysburg National Military Park, Lincoln Room Museum, Soldiers National Museum, American Civil War Museum, Eisenhower National Historic Site are just some of many attractions you can explore in the historic town.
The Gettysburg National Military Park virtually surrounds Gettysburg. The battlefield covers 25 square miles. You can walk on the field, take a guide tour or ride on one of the tour buses. The hotly contested Civil War battle was fought July 1-3, 1863. The result was 51,000 soldiers killed, wounded, captured or missing.
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93,000 men of The Federal Army of the Potomac under Major General George Meade, met the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia with about 75,000 soldiers under General Robert E. Lee. As a result of the battle Lee’s army was shattered and defeated.
Historians have referred to the battle as a major turning point in the war.
On November 19, 1863, President Lincoln dedicated Gettysburg National Cemetery on the battlefield, making his most famous speech, the immortal Gettysburg Address. The cemetery contains more than 7,000 interments including more than 3,500 from the Civil War. You may be interested to visit The Lincoln Train Museum and/or the Lincoln Room Museum. This room with original furnishings is where Abraham Lincoln stayed in 1863 and completed his Gettysburg Address. Tourists like to have their photograph taken with a life-size bronze sculpture of Lincoln created by J. Seward Johnson right outside museum. Click Here for many travel photos! For more information about Gettysburg visit http://www.gettysburg.com
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