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Gettysburg Heritage Trails Program

By the summer of 1863, the Civil War was entering its third year.  North and South were fighting in nearly every southern and western state.  Only the northern states had been spared the brutality and destruction of the war that was to leave over 600,000 men dead and the land scarred.

Now, in June, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, and his top military and civilian advisors decided to carry the war into the north.  General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, would carry out the plan.  The Union and Confederate armies touched by chance at Gettysburg on June 30, with the main battle occurring from July 1st - 3rd.

The Battle of Gettysburg is considered by many to be the turning point of the Civil War, even though the war continued for almost two years following Gettysburg.  The Battle of Gettysburg left more than 51,000 men dead, wounded, captured or missing.  All tolled, the 69,000 Confederate and 92,000 Federal troops lost about one third of their fighting forces.  Almost immediately following the battle, a plan was begun at Gettysburg to build a cemetery at Gettysburg for the Union soldiers that fell there.  It was at the dedication of this cemetery in November 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg address.

Today, through their participation in the Gettysburg Heritage Trails program, Scout visitors can learn about the events surrounding this battle and our nation's history.

The Pennsylvania Memorial, dedicated to all of the men of Pennsylvania 
who fought at Gettysburg.

The Mississippi Memorial

The New York Memorial

Steps to the Pennsylvania Memorial.


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