GDG- Changes in Gettyburg Battlefield thru the years

Tom Barrett tbarrett21 at
Mon Jan 2 12:10:46 CST 2012

I, too, liked the view from the tower.  I spent quite a bit of time studying
the area from there, and I know it helped my understanding of the battle.

On the other hand, the ambiance reminded me of the concrete teepees along
the side of the road in Arizona where they sell made-in-China blankets and
feather headdresses...



-----Original Message-----
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On Behalf Of Jack Lawrence
Sent: Monday, January 02, 2012 10:38 AM
Subject: Re: GDG- Changes in Gettyburg Battlefield thru the years

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
I lked the view from the National tower. I did not like the waypoliticians 
allegedl manipulated the NPS and had their own guy installed as 
Superintendant so that they could get the tower put in.
Nor do I like the way that they decitfully manipulated the deal so that the 
promised NPDS share of tower was limited to the part that lost money.

But what I really find repugnant is the way they payed loud music during 
funerals at the National Cemetary.

Politicians aways have their way with the park, look at the Mississippi 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter Skillman" <pskillman at>
To: "GDG" <gettysburg at>
Sent: Monday, January 02, 2012 7:52 AM
Subject: Re: GDG- Changes in Gettyburg Battlefield thru the years

> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> There was also an observation tower on Big Round Top - the foundations for

> it are still there, if I recall correctly.
> Not to mention the lovely "National Tower"!  Everyone LOVED that one!
> - Pete
> On Dec 30, 2011, at 4:19 PM, Nancy Householder wrote:
>> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
>> Here is a short list of some of the changes made to the battlefield thru 
>> the years:
>> At one time there were 5 observation towers.  Beside the current ones on 
>> Oak Ridge, Culps Hill, and
>> West Confederate Ave, there was also one on East Cemetery Hill, and on 
>> Cemetery Ridge, near where
>> the Cyclorama building is still today.
>> There was a trolley that ran thru the fields and out to LRT.
>> Out at LRT there was a sort of amusement park with a carosel, and picnic 
>> pavilion and refreashment stand.
>> There was a railroad that ran through the park, too.
>> The fence around the Soldier's National Cemetery, that came from 
>> Layfayette Park, in DC, across from the
>> White House, was first put up in Gettysburg on East Cemetery Hill.
>> On the field of PPT charge, besides Camp Colt, was a Civilian 
>> Conservation Corps camp in the 1930's and
>> then was turned into a POW camp for German POW's during WWII.
>> There was a Stuckey's Pecan Shoppe and Souvenir Stand, and gas station at

>> the intersection of the Emittsburg Rd
>> and the Millerstown Rd.
>> How about the Peace Light Inn and tourist court out on the field in front

>> of the Peace Light Memorial?
>> I've also seen pictures of a Refreashment Stand and Souvenir shoppe on 
>> Oak Ridge.
>> Anyone remember a place called Fantasyland in the 1960's?  I'm not sure 
>> where it was located, but I do remember going there
>> as a child.
>> Nancy Householder

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