Gettysburg Guide

August 10, 2010

Our family had a wonderful trip to Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas.  On our way home, we stopped at Gettysburg.  I couldn’t wait.  I have heard stories and read books.  A favorite children’s book, The Cemetery Keepers of Gettysburg by Linda Oatman High, shares the courage of one woman and the chaos she had to clean up.  When we were visiting Gettysburg, I made sure we stopped by the cemetery where Elizabeth Thorn was buried.  I touched history.

The Complete Gettysburg Guide by J. David Petruzzi: Book CoverGettysburg was fun to explore.  I normally blog about children’s books, but I just felt completed to write about the book I found that helped history leap out at us.  So, this writing is more for my memory, but if you happen to be visiting Gettysburg, I HIGHLY recommend getting this book ahead of time.  I went to our community library and found this book, which happened to be featured at the visitor’s center in Gettysburg.  It’s called The Complete Gettysburg Guide by J. David Petruzzi (copyright 2009).  Steven Stanley is the photographer.

The Gettysburg experience allowed the silence of statue and placks to speak.  “Freedom is not free,” Eisenhower said during the Korean War.  May our political and civil conflicts be addressed in a peaceful manner.

Savorings for the Complete Gettysburg Guide :

  • Visualizing – explains each stop, the history behind the place on the map
  • GPS coordinates to help you locate each place accurately
  • Excellent for students who are interested in American History or wars
  • overview of the battles at Gettysburg
  • Vivid photographs of history
  • Skirmishes began June 26; battles on July 1-3, 1863