Sunday, July 20, 2008
Thoughts on Gettysburg
The thing I've carried away from a total of five days spent on the battlefield, over a five year period, is the quiet hush that always seems to be present.
Oh, we saw some kids perched on the rocks at Devil's Den, playing video games on their cell phones, and there was dropped garbage in a few places, but on the whole, the place commands respect.
Summer flowers nod their heads in the breeze, and dandelion seeds blow like a gentle benediction. The sight of monuments placed in the spots where companies and battalions fought is surreal. They rise out of the fields and between the trees, providing an alien presence.
There are families on vacation, vintage car buffs, bikers, bicyclers, boy scouts, people in wheelchairs, people on horseback, serious photographers, and just people like us, trying to understand.
We skipped the ghost tour, not wanting to spoil the mood with falseness.