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Dec 19, 2012 - The Battle of Gettysburg

If you are visiting Pennsylvania, whether during summer or winter, pay a visit to the Gettysburg National Military Park, which is best reached by a charter bus hired from Charter Bus Pennsylvania. Gettysburg was the the scene on of one of the most important battles fought during the American Civil War.

Gettysburg is located in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. This landscape of rolling meadows and rocky hills witnessed the largest, and one of the bloodiest, land battles fought during the Civil War. During the period of July 1 - 3, 1863, Union and Confederate troops came together by accident south of the town of Gettysburg. Skirmishes on the first erupted into an assault by Confederate Forces which sent Union troops feeling to regroup in the hills south of Gettysburg.

One the second day, Union troops had regrouped, and in spite of assaults by General Lee’s men. Union lines held. On July the 3rd, 12,500 Confederate soldiers launched an all out attack on the center on the Union line on Cemetery Ridge. Today known as Pickett’s Charge, this attack was repulsed by Union troops, resulting in General Lee having to withdraw his defeated forces back through Virginia. In November of 1863, President Lincoln used the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery to honor the fallen and deliver his famous Gettysburg Address.

One of the best ways to see Gettysburg National Military Park is with a charter bus. Arriving at the Visitor Center, you can engage the services of a licensed guide, who will take you and your group on a tour of the battlefield’s key areas on your Charter Bus Pennsylvania charter bus. Listen to the history of the battle, learn anecdotes about some the the key figures who shaped the course of the Battle of Gettysburg, and by extension, shaped the future of American history.

Other ways of seeing the battlefield are by walking, cycling, or Segway. For an authentic feel of what it might have been like to be a Civil War combatant, tour the battlefield on horseback. Horses are available for hire from Artillery Ridge Campground and Hickory Hollow Horse Farm.

Take your charter bus and tour the many museums and period correct houses and architecture in Gettysburg and the nearby town of Fairfield. Fairfield has been preserved much as it was during the period of the battle, and you will not find a traffic light or any other modern convenience in this town.

For a realistic depiction of the Battle of Gettysburg, visit the American Civil War Museum. Inside, you will find several realistic dioramas of the battle, as well as a life size recreation of the battle itself. The American Civil War Museum is a good place about the history of the American Civil War, including about the causes leading up to the war, and the numerous figures who played pivotal roles in it.

For your transportation needs when visiting the Gettysburg National Military Park and other destinations in Pennsylvania, give Charter Bus Pennsylvania a call for their friendly, personalized service.