|Gettysburg Railroad Station and Museum|
The David Wills House is open for tours on certain days. It was not open on the two days I was there but, inside you can view the room Lincoln stayed in and the saddle he used as he rode up the street to the cemetery. There is always something that I miss that draws me back. I believe this would be worth seeing.
|David Wills house, Lincoln's window was on the 2nd floor, 2nd to the left.|
|"Return Home" sculpted by J. Seward Johnson Jr.|
|Lincoln Address Memorial|
|Soldiers' National Monument|
6. The Pennsylvania State Monument at Gettysburg is the largest at the battlefield. The bronze base lists all the Pennsylvania soldiers, 34,530 that fought in Gettysburg and also houses 8 statues with prominent Pennsylvania citizens and soldiers along with President Lincoln.
- Abraham Lincoln (sculpted by Schweizer)
- PA Governor Andrew Curtin (Noble)
- General George Meade (Lawrie)
- General John F. Reynolds (Lawrie)
- General Winfield Scott Hancock (Dallin)
- General David McMurtrie Gregg (Schweizer)
- General Alfred Pleasonton (Schweizer)
- General David B. Birney (Lawrie)
|Pennsylvania State Monument|
|Abraham Lincoln (sculpted by Schweizer)|
|Library of Congress, Lincoln on the platform, Gettysburg.|
The Gettysburg Address
9. Abraham Lincoln sculpted by Ivan Schwartz sits outside the National Military Park and Visitors Center in Gettysburg. Regardless of which way you enter the center you can't miss seeing it. To me, there is no greater monument to Lincoln than the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C., as you look up at that immense statue and read the powerful words etched into stone; however it is not very often you get to sit on a bench and look directly into Lincoln's eye and hope to see exactly what he saw "malice towards no one". It is a quiet and humbling moment.
10. Lincoln's last stop in Gettysburg, he attended a patriotic meeting at the Presbyterian Church located at Baltimore Avenue and High Street along with John Burns. The original church building has undergone renovations since 1863 but the pew in which President Lincoln and John Burns sat has been preserved and is marked with a bronze plaque. The current building was built in 1963, the same year retired President Dwight Eisenhower and his wife became members. The Eisenhower pew is also marked.
Today Monday, November 19th, 2012 is the 149th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. There will be a ceremony wreath laying ceremony at Soldiers National Cemetery at approximately 9:30 a.m. Steven Spielberg is the planned speaker followed by James Getty as Abraham Lincoln it will be sponsored by the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania. Live coverage at www.uscis.gov/live . The broadcast will begin at 10 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time) and end at approximately 11 a.m.
Bonus: There is a local Lincoln statue in Philadelphia on Kelly Drive just across from the beginning of Boat House Row. I stumbled upon it while tracking down another Civil War connection.
This weekend the Lincoln Movie opened in theaters with long lines and many sold out shows. Maybe I was expecting another great speech or brutal reminder of the causalities of war but this one was different. It was a subtle reminder of the division we face in our country today only the colors have changed to red and blue. After seeing the movie, you may want to do a little more research on Thaddeus Stevens, a representative of the state of Pennsylvania and his role and influence on the 13th, 14th and 15 Amendments. The movie is a good example of the role of politics and politicians and how they see things, not always the same way.
Middletown Township Historical Society's Middletown Mondays presents
LIGHTS IN THE DARK NIGHT: DECEMBER HOLIDAYS IN HISTORY AND FOLKLORE
by Darcy Fair, folklorist
Monday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Lima Estates Auditorium, 411 North Middletown Road, Media, PA .
Free and open to the public, no registration required.
IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER OR CHANGES IN THE SCHEDULE PLEASE VISIT WEBSITE WWW.MTHSDELCO.ORG OR CALL 610-316-5620.