MCOM Gettysburg Battlefield Cruise - April 22

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MCOM Gettysburg Battlefield Cruise - April 22

Post by Fire41fighter on Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:48 pm

Mark your calendars! MCOM is sponsoring a leisurely cruise to Gettysburg, PA from MD on Sunday 22 April. Rain or shine. Details, times, etc., will be announced later.

We will meet in Maryland Near Wesminster along State Route 97 and follow into the town of Gettysburg. We'll trace the steps of the soldiers as this epic battle unfolded during July 1-3, 1863.

Back in the day, I was an official Park Service tour guide and will take you to some of the coolest places on the battlefield with personal stories of the soldiers who fought there. I'll probably make some up too so you will be totally impressed! LOL!

We'll find the now hidden hand dug trenches on Culp's Hill, where Marylander fought Marylander during the bloodiest fighting of the battle.

We'll walk through Devil's Den, Little Round Top and learn battle trivia, trivia about the monuments, and other totally useless, but interesting facts...and we'll take a break for lunch and some shopping at the outlets.

We'll stand in the woods where Longstreet commanded Pickett's Division and ordered nearly 200 artillery pieces to open fire on the Union line...and then ordered nearly 13,000 Confederate soldiers to march nearly 1 mile across open ground. Many never returned. Then we'll stand at their objective, a small clump of trees now known as the High Water Mark of the Confederacy. The spot where the South came the closest that it would ever come to independence from the North.

We'll stand on the spot where President Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address, as a secondary guest and an afterthought.

This is truly Hallowed ground where over 50,000 men were killed, wounded, or went missing in the three days of battle, and General Lee lost nearly a third of his officers. Remarkably, only one civilian was killed. Gettysburg was the decisive battle of the Civil War and it is in our back yard.

On the same day that Lee was defeated at Gettysburg, the town of Vicksburg Mississippi fell and the Confederacy was mortally wounded, but continued the fight for two more bloody years. This is a good chance to discover local history during the years of the 150th anniversary of the war.

It will be a full day with more details to come. Should be a blast! All cars are welcome. Scott

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Re: MCOM Gettysburg Battlefield Cruise - April 22

Post by Big Blue on Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:40 pm

Ok, added to the calender

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Re: MCOM Gettysburg Battlefield Cruise - April 22

Post by kooldawg6 on Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:05 pm

Sounds good! I'll keep it in mind for sure

I've been to Gettysburg Battlefield three times and get goosebumps each time! I'm in Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania, so I too am surrounded by Civil War history! Quite often, on nice weekdays I take a leisurely ride through several of the battlefields in the Stang, on the motorcycle or by foot
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Re: MCOM Gettysburg Battlefield Cruise - April 22

Post by 77-CF100 on Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:05 am

hmm i think i can make this cruise will be looking forward to it

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Re: MCOM Gettysburg Battlefield Cruise - April 22

Post by Henny Penny on Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:28 am

Thanks for the post Scott. I have a preformance with the Fife n Drum Corp in Del. on the 21st but all is clear for Sunday...
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