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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Video: First Look -"Gettysburg" -The History Channel's premiere of "Gettysburg" airs Memorial Day at 9 p.m. Eastern


Video: First Look - "Gettysburg" -The History Channel's premiere of "Gettysburg" airs Memorial Day at 9 p.m. Eastern, Directed by Tony & Ridley Scott.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwNJS8dwkYs&feature=player_profilepage

If you've never been to Gettysburg yourself, much less, like me, visiting after spending LOTS of time brushing-up on the various aspects of the 1863 three-day battle that you once knew pretty well, but which has since gotten a bit hazy, it's hard to fully comprehend what took place there.
How so many different aspects of our everyday life -as Americans- we now take for granted that could've been completely different if this battle had turned out differently.

In some ways, the more you actually know in detail about what happened there before visiting, the even harder it is to imagine, since when you are walking around there on a very warm day, all the details just seem like... well, an unbearable weight.

Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg by tour guide Gary Kross

Little Round Top at Gettysburg by tour guide Gary Kross

Five minutes from disaster!

As far as I'm concerned, nobody should ever contemplate running for president of this country who hasn't spent some quality time there absorbing the atmosphere and the might-have-beens.
And talking about it publicly.

It's a genuine eye-opener in ways that you can't really imagine until you actually see it yourself, away from the tours, standing in the middle of an immense field.

The other thing that immediately is noticed by many first-time visitors are the number of foreign visitors you meet there at the battleground, reminding you again -as if you needed reminding- that many other people far from this small Pennsylvania town realize its monumental importance, too.


Gettysburg - Pickett's Charge: The Plan


Video History Today video: Picketts Charge, Gettysburg, PA
-Gives present-day orientation of what took place and how it looks now.




Civil War historian Edwin Bearss


Gettysburg National Military Park homepage http://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm

See other present day video of Gettysburg and other historical events at

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