OK enough with all that ~ after we set up Tassie we got into the car and headed for the cute historic town of Gettysburg which is just chocked full of Civil War history. On our ride around town we saw many of the homes that were here during the battle. Here are a few statistics on the Battle. For a complete rundown of the battle click here.
During the entire battle there was only one civilian casualty, Jennie Wade. Jennie was 20 years old at the time of the battle. She had gone to her sister's home on Baltimore street to assist her because her sister had just had a baby. During the battle Jennie was baking bread to feed the soldiers when a stray bullet came through two doors and killed her instantly. The bullet struck Jennie in the back beneath her left shoulder blade embedding itself in her corset, killing her instantly. To see a complete story about Jennie Wade click here. You can tour the house and hear the story of Jennie Wade. Bullet holes and all!
We also stopped at the Gettysburg History Center to see the diorama. The Battle of Gettysburg in a truly unique and original light and sound show that is fully narrated. The three days of the epic battle are presented across a three dimensional landscape that is the largest military diorama in the United States. At first I thought it was going to be very cheesy but soon I was deep into it as they explained the entire 3 day battle.
While walking around town we also found the cutest old restaurant called Dobbin House Restaurant & Tavern. Built in 1776 ~ they built houses back in the day to last a long time. We decided to come back for lunner (you know lunch & dinner) for what they called there famous Onion Soup. I love onion soup and have had it many places so I just have to come back and have some at this place.
We also went by the Farnsworth Inn ~ Built in 1810, Gettysburg's Farnsworth House Inn has been called "one of the most haunted inns in America. During the Civil War, Farnsworth House Inn was taken over by Confederate soldiers. Sharpshooters were up in the attic and one shot Jennie Wade, the only civilian to die during the three-day battle of Gettysburg. The hundred-plus bullet holes on Farnsworth House Inn's south side wall attest to the fighting during the bloodiest battle of the Civil War.
Riding & walking through the town gave us the opportunity to see a lot of the homes that were there during the Civil War. It is hard to believe that so many of them survived the biggest and bloodiest battle during the war.
Enjoy my slide show of some of the Historic Homes in Gettysburg
Have Fun, Travel Safe & Stay Healthy!!!