Ninth Graders Visit Gettysburg

Posted on November 19, 2013 by

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The battle of Gettysburg was fought during the first three days of July during the year of 1863. Every part of the town was devastated, and every building was used to house soldiers during the battle. The battle resulted in Lee’s retreat to Virginia, and it ended the hopes of the Confederacy to win the war.

The ninth grade class recently visited Gettysburg and the museum nearby. The two chaperons on the trip were history teachers Edward Carr and Todd Weiss.

“The biggest issue during the field trip was the rain,” Carr said.  “The biggest role the rain played was that we couldn’t get off the bus. I believe the rain took away some of the enjoyment for the students. We got to drive through the town because of the highway, but some spots were closed because of the government shutdown.  So, the students weren’t able to see anything. We got to go to the museum because it is independently run, and I believe it went really well.  It was also during the first part of the day. First, we watched a fifteen to twenty-minute video about Gettysburg. Then we got to see the cyclorama, which is a big detailed painting of the field. When you look at it, it looks like you’re on the field, and there’s also a story that goes along with it. The museum is also where they got to look at all the artifacts.”

“It was disappointing that we didn’t get to go off the bus because of the rain, but the museum was really interesting,” Freshman Samantha Evans said.

“The rain made it really [unpleasant], and, to be honest, I slept some of the trip,” freshman Anne Grayek said.

“The students got to go on a scavenger hunt while they were at the visitor center,” Weiss said.  “I believe it kept the students busy, and also the students were made to read about some of the artifacts instead of just walking around. It was very interactive, but the new center doesn’t have as many artifacts as the last one. In front of the cyclorama, there were real cannons. The shutdown prohibited them from going to Little Round Top and Devil’s Den. Some of the monuments at the battle area were put up shortly after the battle. The monuments are close in proximity to where the battles happened, but they aren’t totally in the accurate spots. The guides were really friendly and were on the bus for about an hour and a half; they were also really knowledgeable. I think the students really enjoyed looking at the spots where cannons and bullets hit the buildings. The battle is also celebrating the 150th anniversary this year, and it was considered the bloodiest battle of the war.”

“I liked the museum the most because the one letter the soldier wrote was really touching,” freshman Elyse Swider said.

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