Gettysburg National Military Park

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Established on February 11, 1895, Gettysburg National Military Park consists of the main battlefields, memorials, cemeteries, and historic buildings and support areas of the July 1–3, 1863, military engagements of the Battle of Gettysburg within and around the borough of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The most famous battle in America’s Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point that led to the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee’s second invasion of the North. Often referred to as the “High Water Mark of the Rebellion”, Gettysburg was the Civil War’s bloodiest battle and was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln’s immortal “Gettysburg Address.”

This military park is in a lovely, idyllic Pennsylvania pastoral setting that is not only starkly evocative of the living history of the bitterest American conflict, but also a potent symbol of reconciliation. Visitors can experience Gettysburg National Military Park by visiting the National Park Service Museum and Visitor Center, touring the battlefield and its significant sites via a self-guided auto tour, guided bus tours, hiking and bicycling, or even horseback riding. It is worth visiting the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, and the David Wills House. There are also ranger-guided programs, evening campfire programs, activities for kids, specialized battle walks during the summer months, and occasional living history programs.

Location & Local Communities: Gettysburg National Military Park is located in Adams County, at 1195 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325. Local gateway communities and nearby cities include: Gettysburg, Taneytown MD (approx. 15 miles), Hanover (approx. 16 miles), Thurmont MD (approx. 20 miles), Chambersburg (approx. 27 miles), York (approx. 35 miles), Carlisle (approx. 35 miles), Hagerstown MD (approx. 35 miles), Harrisburg (approx. 40 miles), Lancaster (approx. 60 miles), Baltimore MD (approx. 60 miles), Philadelphia (approx. 145 miles). The closest airports include the local Gettysburg Regional Airport, Harrisburg International Airport in Middletown (approx. 35 miles), and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (approx. 60 miles).

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