Gettysburg National Military Park - Resources
By Cynthia Kirkeby
Jan 30, 2005, 13:12

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This extensive list of resources will allow you to explore not only the Battle of Gettysburg, but also the Civil War as a whole. There are special resources specifically for students and teachers, and general resources on al most everything else you can think of related to the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg.

Gettysburg National Military Park Resources

Gettysburg National Military Park's Civil War Page For Kids
This Internet site was built just for kids. There are sections on the causes of the Civil War, medicine, Civil War food, Civil War reporters, marching music, soldier’s letters to their families, slang of the period, Civil War flags and more. This should be the first stop for students researching this time period.
Source: National Park Service

Gettysburg National Military Park - Virtual Tour
At first glance this section of the Gettysburg website looks like a simple article, however, as you move further down the page, you will find that it has surprising depth. The Gettysburg battle, which took place over a three day period in 1863, is explored with interactive maps and first hand accounts of the battle. This is an excellent place to begin your study of Gettysburg’s history.
Source: National Park Service

The Gettysburg Addresss

This speech was given by President Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg on November 19,1863. At this site you can read the various drafts of the Gettysburg Address and Lincoln's invitation to Gettysburg, as well as see the only known photograph of Lincoln during the dedication of the Civil War cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Source: Library of Congress

Gettysburg National Military Park - Camp Life: Civil War Collections
The Gettysburg Museum explores what it was like to live in the battlefield camp during the Civil War. In additional to information on what it meant to live in the camp , exist day to day, and overcome one of the hardest challenges - boredom, the collection may also be explored by category through the image gallery.
Source: National Park Service Museum Management Program

The Gettysburg Cyclorama
The Gettysburg Cyclorama is a 360 degree oil painting of Pickett’s Charge. It memorializes the Confederate charge against the Union soldiers that took place on July 3, 1863 at Gettysburg. It is one of the few cycloramas that still remains intact in the United States today.
Source: National Park Service

The Soldier’s National Cemetery at Gettysburg
Learn more about this national historic cemetery, which was dedicated only months after the Battle of Gettysburg. The article includes a link to the Bivouac of the Dead, a poem by Theodore O’Hara. Stanzas of this poem are spread throughout the cemetery on tablets sponsored by the United States War Department.
Source: National Park Service

The Civil War Soldier
What was it like to be a soldier during the Civil War? You can explore who the soldier’s were, their weaponry, the medals of honor that were bestowed on certain Union soldiers, the calvary, the artillery, relics, and the flags.
Source: National Park Service

The Civil War - Soldiers and Sailors System
If you’re researching the Civil War participants this is an excellent place to start. See if one of your relatives received a Medal of Honor, was at a particular battle, was a prisoner of war, or is listed with a particular regiment to name just a few of the searches you can perform at this excellent site.
Source: National Park Service

Gettysburg National Military Park- Teacher’s Guide
This helpful resource list compiled by the National Park Service includes:

  • Teacher’s Resources: A list of ongoing educational programs taking place at the Gettysburg National Military Park.
  • Teacher’s Features: Lesson plans, essay topics, and bulletin board ideas.
  • Student Features: Suggested individual and group projects.
Source: National Park Service

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