"The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here." These words from Abraham Lincoln's famous address were delivered in Gettysburg to mark the dedication of its national cemetery in November 1863. Four months earlier, from July 1 to 3, 51,000 Americans were killed, wounded, or counted as missing in the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. The events that took place in Gettysburg during those few days marked the turning point in the war. Although the struggle raged on for almost two more years, the Confederate forces never recovered from their losses.
At the national military park and at 20 museums in Gettysburg, you can recapture the power of those momentous days. You can see battlefields such as Little Round Top, Big Round Top, and Devil's Den.
Gettysburg at a Glance
- American Civil War Museum
- David Wills House
- Eisenhower National Historic Site
- General Lee's Headquarters
- Gettysburg National Military Park