Fulbright scholars and their families took a road trip in October 100 miles north to Gettysburg, PA. This small town is infamous in American history. During the American Civil War in the 19th century, the Battle of Gettysburg, also known as the High Water Mark of the Rebellion, was the pivotal moment that led to Union victory. While Confederate General Robert E. Lee attempted his second invasion of the North, the bloodiest battle of this war was fought in Gettysburg. It also served as the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln‘s famous Gettysburg Address.
The scholars ate lunch at the visitors center and were given an educational tour from a Licensed Battlefield Guide. They retraced the steps of the battle and looked at monuments dedicated to the soldiers who fought at Gettysburg.
After the battlefield tour, scholars and their families visited the Gettysburg Foundation museum. The artifacts held within the museum offer insight into the lives of important key figures of the Civil War, such as President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate President Jefferson Davis.