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Friday, 25 October 2013


This morning we find ourselves in Richmond after spending yesterday in Gettysburg. Mary needed to look for some vintage clothing so I took the auto tour of the battlefields that surround Gettysburg.

It's impossible for me to imagine young boys dashing across these fields knowing that most would be either wounded, killed or captured in battle; but that's exactly what happened across this field 150 years ago.

The road was just a dirt road back then but the hill was real and had to be climbed before ..........

facing these canons set back in the woods.

Even today you can see evidence of the battle such as the hole made by a cannon ball just under the diamond pattern on the side of this barn. The battle at Gettysburg lasted three days and nearly 50,000 men were wounded, killed or captured by the time the two armies disengaged.

President |Lincoln prepared his famous "Gettysburg Address" here in this house the night before he spoke at the dedication of the Gettysburg cemetery.

Today we head to Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.


  1. Gettysburg! Cool! It must have been really neat to stand right there and imagine who would have been standing around you over a hundred years ago. Although it's likely been well picked over, I would have been tempted to dig or root around in the grass..... or if I had a metal detector....

  2. Art your tour of Gettysburg was so refreshing and brought back wonderful memories of a Gr. 12 trip there YEARS ago. Do hope Mary is enjoying her shopping and she is able to find all those treasures she wants. LOL.