Expedition Team: Dave Miller, Debbie Miller, Gene Miller, Elizabeth Miller
Date: July 1964
I visited the battlefield site of the historic1863 Civil War battle and the museum back when I was only eight years old. My family and a couple more carloads of my mother’s relatives from Latrobe, Pennsylvania drove 140 miles to tour the park. We drove throughout the park and stopped at Cemetery Ridge, Little Round Top, Culp’s Hill, Seminary Hill, and other sites. I remember seeing lots of cannons, rock walls, actors dressed in Union and Confederacy uniforms and a large cemetery. We ascended a tall observation tower to get a bird’s eye view of the battlefield. The battle lasted three days from July 1 to 3, 1863 forcing the Confederate Army under General Lee to retreat. Sadly, an estimated 50,000 soldiers from both sides died. Four months later President Abe Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address here at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery. At the museum my aunt bought me a blue Union Army soldiers’ hat. I plan to return here someday to read more about the history of the battle, view more sites and do a couple ghost hunting investigations.