Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, PA
Today, President Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address is one of the best-known speeches in American history. That may have something to do with Gettysburg being one of the biggest battles in the civil war.
From July 1-3, 1863, Union and Confederate troops met in what became the bloodiest fight ever take place on American soil. Between the two armies, up to 51,000 soldiers were lost over the three days of battle. This struggle helped turn the tide of the war in the Union’s direction as it ended General Robert E. Lee’s invasion of the north.
The remarkably well-kept battlefields here eerily resemble what they looked like back in 1863. While there, be sure to check out the Gettysburg museum and visitor center artifacts. They have one of the largest collections of Civil War artifacts in the world.