Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ghosts of Gettysburg Books!!

I love these books! Written by author Mark Nesbitt, who also worked for the National Park Service as a Ranger Historian for 5 years. These books are written of stories told by visitors of the strange encounters while visiting Gettysburg. These books contain history of buildings, battlefield ect..

Ghosts of Gettysburg Tour

Gettysburg is known to be the most haunted place in the United States! If you are planning a trip there, be sure to check out the Ghosts of Gettysburg tour!

For years we went to Gettyburg on Halloween weekend. That was the good old days when you could go on the battlefied after dark, but thanks to vandals the park closes at dark.

We did this tour one year and found it to be alot of fun and definately puts you in the Halloween mood

Sachs Covered Bridge, Gettysburg PA

Built for the County by workers under David Stoner in 1852, the Sachs Bridge is an Adams County landmark. It was crossed by both armies during the battle of Gettysburg in 1863, and carried parts of the Army of Northern Virginia as it retreated. Before its 1996-97 rehabilitation, its deck was supported by a truss-lattice based on a design by architect Ithiel Town. After it washed nearly 100 yards downstream in a flooded Marsh Creek on June 18, 1996, workers salvaged the Sachs Bridge. Within a year it again bridged the creek, with over 90% of its original truss and lattice intact.

It is rumored that deserters have been hanged here, and many people have reported odd happenings, such as smells, feeling sick, coldness, seeing soldiers, ect...

I have never experience anything here, but it is something to see and to look up at the truss lattice and think of those who may have been hanged.

Sachs Bridge, also called Sauck's Bridge, spans Marsh Creek at 100 feet long. The bridge is owned by the Gettysburg Preservation Association and is open to pedestrians only as it was closed in 1968 to traffic. A bronze plaque located near the restored bridge states: "In 1938, the Pennsylvania Highway Department determined that the Sachs Bridge was the most historic covered bridge in the state.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The American Civil War

The American Civil War (1861–1865), also known as the War Between the States and several other names, was a civil war in the United States of America. Eleven Southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America (the Confederacy). Led by Jefferson Davis, they fought against the United States (the Union), which was supported by all the free states and the five border slave states. Union states were loosely referred to as "the North".
In the presidential election of 1860, the Republican Party, led by Abraham Lincoln, had campaigned against the expansion of slavery beyond the states in which it already existed. The Republican victory in that election resulted in seven Southern states declaring their secession from the Union even before Lincoln took office on March 4, 1861. Both the outgoing and incoming US administrations rejected the legality of secession, considering it rebellion.
Hostilities began on April 12, 1861, when Confederate forces attacked a US military installation at Fort Sumter in South Carolina. Lincoln responded by calling for a volunteer army from each state, leading to declarations of secession by four more Southern slave states. Both sides raised armies as the Union assumed control of the border states early in the war and established a naval blockade. In September 1862, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation made ending slavery in the South a war goal[1], and dissuaded the British from intervening.[2] Confederate commander Robert E. Lee won battles in the east, but in 1863 his northward advance was turned back after the Battle of Gettysburg and, in the west, the Union gained control of the Mississippi River at the Battle of Vicksburg, thereby splitting the Confederacy. Long-term Union advantages in men and material were realized in 1864 when Ulysses S. Grant fought battles of attrition against Lee, while Union general William Sherman captured Atlanta, Georgia, and marched to the sea. Confederate resistance collapsed after Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865.
The American Civil War was the deadliest war in American history, resulting in the deaths of 620,000 soldiers and an undetermined number of civilian casualties. Its legacy includes ending slavery in the United States, restoring the Union, and strengthening the role of the federal government. The social, political, economic and racial issues of the war decisively shaped the reconstruction era that lasted to 1877, and brought changes that helped make the country a united superpower.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia