Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitors Center
Gettysburg is famous, and justifiably so. In 1863, in this small town in southern Pennsylvania, something happened that profoundly influenced our country’s development and shaped our national character. Gettysburg was the site of the bloodiest fight ever to take place on American soil. To this day, the Battle of Gettysburg evokes images of brutal conditions, intense emotions, and divided loyalties. For three days in July, 65,000 Confederate and 90,000 Union soldiers fought in a battle that pitted brother against brother. Considered the turning point of the Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg holds a unique position in our collective imagination and serves as a potent symbol of America’s struggle to survive. Today, Gettysburg is home to the largest battlefield shrine in America. Each year, more than two million people visit Gettysburg National Military Park, which incorporates nearly 6,000 acres and more than 1,400 monuments and memorials.