Some of you may have noticed that we at C.P.R. have somewhat of a fascination with Gettysburg, PA. Allow us to explain why. To begin with, the scenery and atmosphere is amazing and historical. There is something for everyone to do while visiting there, from site seeing to visiting all of it's great shops, to great food, and of course there is the civil war history that is such a major component of our great country. Every time we go, we find new places to explore new things to learn about, and this is why we go at least once a year. For us, it is about a 2 1/2 hour drive and we go on a Friday morning until later on Sunday. We try to jam in as much as we possibly can each time we go.
The battle of Gettysburg (during the Civil War) was fought from July 1-3, 1863 in and around the quaint town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. For three days, a fierce battle raged in the country side between the North/Union and the South/Confederacy. This battle was a turning point in the Civil War, and the North came through victorious. It was the Civil War's bloodiest battle and was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln's immortal "Gettysburg Address". The battle involved around 85,000 men from the Union and around 75,000 men from the Confederacy. It is estimated that approximately 569 tons of ammunition was fired during that three day battle. The casualties reported were: Union dead 3,155, wounded 14,529, missing 5,365 with a total of 23,049. For the Confederacy: dead 3,903, wounded 18,735, missing 5,425 with a total of 28,063. Along with the human carnage, there was also countless horses and mules that died during this battle. Today, one can only imagine the ferocity of the battles, the complete terror, the volumes of the dead and dying that were left lying on the battle grounds, and the blood soaked ground.
During the battle, the towns people were left to their own for safety. They hid in basements, some fled their homes until after the battle and returned only to find their home destroyed or used as a field hospital. Many of the women would make bread and feed the soldiers as well as tend to the thousands of wounded that were found in just about every home or building in and around their town. Amazingly enough, only one civilian was killed during the battle, Mary Virginia Wade, who was staying at her sister's home in town to help after the birth of her sister's new born. She was baking bread for the soldiers when a stray bullet passed through the door, striking and killing her immediately. Following the battle, the towns people were also left to the grim task of burrying the dead. The stench was unbearable and the summer heat only made it worse. To this day, there are soldiers that were never recovered from their impromptu burial spot.
As for our team, we like to visit new locations and re-visit some of the old; of course it involves a 'little' ghost hunting. Some of our favorite spots that we have visitied are: The Triangle Field, Devil's Den, Little Round Top, Iverson's Pits, The Slaughter Pen, The Railroad Cut and surrounding area, The Wade House, The Orphanage Basement and Sach's Covered Bridge just to name a few. We have posted our still photographs on the pictures page and we currently working on putting together some of our evp evidence as well. Each one of our team members have had their own personal experiences (heck, our rooms were even haunted) which just leaves us wanting more. And now you know what our fascination with Gettysburg entails. Take a weekend and visit and perhaps you will come home talking about your own personal experiences there, ghostly or not!