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08-13-2006, 06:17 PM
If you've never been there you should try and go. Not a big war buff but very interesting stuff here. Hard to believe that 52,000 men dies here in only 3 days time.

08-13-2006, 07:26 PM
Thought you meant the movie. I love that flick!

08-13-2006, 09:55 PM
Gettysburg is a great National Park experience.

I was in that movie. Fun shoot. Tom Beringer was shy. Jeff Daniels was fun. Martin sheen was a jerk.

BTW 51,000 casualties means: Dead, wounded, missing, captured - all combined. Less than half of that number were killed.

08-13-2006, 10:31 PM
Hey sideache, you reenact? Which side? I'm a chaplain with the 5th Ky Infantry CSA Co.D&F /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/yesnod.gif

08-14-2006, 01:39 AM
I used to. No time any more - now that I have kids and classic cars /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif I was a Yankee - 19th Indiana - Iron Brigade - Black Hats. I did chaplain duties once in a while.

08-14-2006, 06:23 AM
If you've never been there you should try and go.

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A very impressive park and thought provoking.

08-14-2006, 06:26 AM
If you go up there, eat dinner at the Farnsworth House. They serve meals that consist of foods popular during the Civil War era. It's a bit pricey compared to some, but worth every penny.

I got to go up there during a Civil War tour for a class I took senior year of high school back in 1993. We started here in Chattanooga and made our way up through Virginia and the Southern states, and Gettysburg was the northernmost stop on the trip. I may not remember every aspect of the trip, but it was one of the highlights of my high school experience.

08-14-2006, 12:09 PM
The only thing I didn't like about the movie was the tiny number of men on the field. They didn't have 50,000 extras to make up the advancing army so instead of using special effects they just went ahead and shot it with a couple thousand. That scene marching across the field would have been unbelievably powerful if you could see the true size of the force that made the real march.

08-14-2006, 01:12 PM
Don't know anything about military strategy, but when standing next to the statue of Robert E. Lee, looking across the mile+ open field to the Federal positions, It didn't look like a great idea to charge that long distance. Brave guys! Think it would be difficult to get a modern army to do it.
Pretty inspiring area, though...everyone should visit at least once.
Take care

08-14-2006, 01:56 PM
I always thought it was a ridiculus decision and apparently so did a few of his top men. However I have also been told that it was one of the most brilliant moves in warefare of the period and should have succeeded. It nearly did!

08-14-2006, 02:32 PM
If you're in the neighborhood, it's also worthwhile going to Eisenhower's farm....nice and "homey" and certainly not as sad as the battlefield.


Naturally, if you're a car-person, it's also worthwhile to visit this area when some of the Carlisle shows are going on (or the Hershey Hillclimb).

08-14-2006, 10:03 PM
LANCOMG does a very nice car show at the factory stores the 1st or 2nd Sunday in July. Great party after at a home overlooking battlefields. This year there was too much rain to reenact on the 4th so was done same day as car show. We were treated to all the cannon and mortar fire you could ask for while sitting around with drinks and food from our most gracious host. Only about 60 lbc's parked on his lawn. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thirsty.gif

08-14-2006, 11:05 PM
My son and I go to Gettysburg every year, We try to read up on one particualr part (devils den this year) and go look at it from both sides. Great park

08-15-2006, 06:46 AM
My son and I go to Gettysburg every year, We try to read up on one particualr part (devils den this year) and go look at it from both sides. Great park

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Just know that the picture of the soldier sitting in Devil's Den (on the sign too) is probably fake. Even before photoshop, in the 1860s, Timothy O'Sullivan and other Brady staff were making news by moving bodies into more photogenic positions, then they'd sometimes put guns and other items in the shot to make it more dramatic. Supposedly the famous Devil's Den image is one of them.

08-15-2006, 07:24 AM
There've been books published that consider the photographs taken. They're well worth a look, if you're interested in that sort of thing. I think Frassanito was the author....

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0939631...ce&n=283155 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0939631970/ref=cm_lm_fullview_prod_4/002-0447231-4193660?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance&n=283155)