As Day 4 of the battle was as well, our fourth and final day lacked the fury of the Day’s 2 and 3 on the battlefield, feeling like we won this “battle” but now have so many others yet to see…we all go got up early this time for one last morning visit before breaking camp and heading back home. Since it is harder to get 5 going in the morning we did not make the battlefield until 7:45AM on Sunday, but the crowds were still very low then.
We stopped at the PA monument first for all too climb up and my daughter is enjoying time there it in the early morning sun.
Then per Joe’s request it was back to Devil’s Den so he could try out his new officer’s field telescope…and I can attest this “toy” WORKS great by the way !! Joe said he is going to take it hunting this year, which will be great!... but I wonder how he will feel when I spray paint it camo???
Mom and Daughter enjoying a talk (about the war actually) while I chase Joey and Johnny all over the rocks..
Caught a glimpse of a little light shining down from above on a hill known for its death toll and with parts named after the Devil…thought that was kind of monumental.
Looking back at Devil’s Den Rocks from across the Slaughter Pen where many dead soldiers were dragged to.
On our way back thru the battlefield and thinking about a late breakfast , as the crowds started to roll in, we stopped off the beaten path a little and Joe got into full his full battlegear for some action before we left..looks pretty good doesn’t he? Minus the shorts and crocs, but hey they are at least blue and gray and likely more comfortable than wool in July.
Then onto the observation tower near Eisenhower’s Gettysburg Farm before going back to the hotel for one last dip in the pool (to try to tire out Joey) before heading home . BTW, it did not work, but mom fell asleep by Harrisburg.
And that ended our battlefield action.
A few additional comments from the experience without starting another war here:
I learned more about the Civil War overall on this 4 day trip then I have learned anywhere else in my 43 years prior. More about the reasons for it, beyond just the abolishment of slavery which rightfully is the huge takeaway of the War, however it was not the only reason for war. I learned more of why it even started to begin with, more about why it was so bloody and fought with such passion that only a desire for independence from a government that did not understand its citizens can have. It was about differences in lifestyles, key industry, wealth distribution , tariffs and regional way of life . It was about irreconcilable differences in culture , which is always a thing that is hard to conform to one set of rules. It seemed there was no other option at the time. A shirt I saw on a store rack, perhaps sums the value of this trip best when describing ignorance to the details of this war many have when it said,”if one of these flags offends you….you got a lot to learn” and as of this week I believe it to be true as I certainly learned ALOT about how little I know and how I was ignorant to anything but the highlights and headlines of it. I see a lot of similarities now in this country but to a much lesser degree, in how split we are on today’s issues and our thoughts on just how much of our lives and country the government should control , and I see the heat and passion easily caused by it here and elsewhere. This time there is no Mason Dixon line dividing us, it is not regional, it runs down every Main St in this country. THANKFULLY we know better than to let it go this route again because of what happened 150 years ago.
Learn all about it , it is worth it. I am just starting my educational journey now, as is my family. We have deep sympathy for those enslaved, suffering and abused, but also now equally feel for those families who sons, brothers, and fathers laid in literal piles across so much of the most beautiful countryside because of the causes and actions of governmental leaders. Weather they had a real reason to fight for it all back home or not, they fought and they died. To me, death in a cause is above noble, still it results in death and ultimately is the worst form of life. To the best of my knowledge my family tree was still growing in Europe and was not here at all for the War, arriving closer to the turn of the century. Making what the guide said early on so true , That those whose families were not yet in the country during the war are so fortunate not only to miss the fighting , but because their next generations could grow up here, AFTER this War. For many who died, their families stopped having generations here.
Personal and Powerful thoughts I had watching a sunrise with my son.
To all those going to the 148th celebration and re-enactments this weekend, the weekend of the war…I wish you the best time. To all those that have never been to this battleground in our own state, I say GO NOW!!!
Thanks for going along on the trip, hope you enjoyed it.