A Brother's Bond

A Brother's Bond

As Robert Lee's army pushed north, Pennsylvania became the site of battles that shaped history as we know it. These streets, fields, and forests set the stage for soldiers, farmers, doctors, and ordinary civilians to guide the United States on a path across one of the deadliest periods in our history towards a time of peace and solidarity. Ride along on this trip and learn about Pennsylvania’s role in the Civil War and how it helped preserve The Union.

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center - Gettysburg

Any trip to Gettysburg has to include a stop at the National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. As you step into the lobby, take a look at the walls covered with Civil War letters. Their hallways are full of personal artifacts like fiddles, banjos, and other instruments. It gives a perfect glimpse into the daily life of soldiers, and how they spent their days in between battles. The newly constructed museum houses a wealth of Civil War stories that'll shine a new light on the epic battles fought in this town. Gettysburg was the site of the bloodiest fight ever to take place on American soil. Catch a short film in the museum's theatre to immerse yourself in the stories, sights, and sounds of the Civil War. Then visit the Cyclorama, a 27-foot tall, 360 degree cylindrical painting created by French artist, Paul Philoppoteaux and the largest in the country. The painting depicts Pickett's Charge, a climactic Confederate attack on Union forces during the Battle of Gettysburg. Today, Gettysburg is home to the largest battlefield shrine in America. Each year, millions of people visit Gettysburg National Military Park's 6,000 acres of monuments and memorials.

Gettysburg Train Station - Gettysburg

Before he gave the famous Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln first had to get to Gettysburg. A welcome celebration was planned for him inside the station, but it was too filled with coffins awaiting Civil War casualties, to accommodate visitors. His journey from Washington D.C. to Pennsylvania ended at this unassuming train station, next to the Majestic Theatre. Looking at the Gettysburg Train Station with its orange exterior, you can still imagine the old train whistles blowing, echoing through the town. Take a walk around to see the special exhibits and catch a glimpse of some Civil War era artifacts full of stories.

Hanover Junction - York County

Hanover Junction Train Station, was a major route for the transport of wounded soldiers from Gettysburg to hospitals in Harrisburg, York, and other locations. A huge rotating disk would meet trains heading east or west, and rotate them to tracks heading north or south. Stand on the platform, now a stop for bikers on the York Rail Trail pathway, and imagine the hustle and bustle of 19th century travelers speeding from place to place. It was also here at this junction that President Abraham Lincoln changed trains en route to Gettysburg to deliver the Gettysburg Address. Gov Curtain's train was delayed, so President Lincoln had to go on to Gettysburg without his host.

Eat Here: Pub & Restaurant

After a long day on the Civil War Trails, every good Roadtrip General deserves a good burger and a beverage. The Pub & Restaurant does both well and offers a scenic view of Gettysburg historic Lincoln Square.

Sleep Here: Best Western - Gettysburg Hotel

Established in 1797, the hotel sits right on Lincoln Square and is walking distance to nearly all of Gettysburg's major Civil War attractions. It was just steps away in November of 1863 that Abraham Lincoln refined the immortal words of his Gettysburg Address at the David Wills House.