The challenges surrounding Gettysburg in 1863 were divisive, difficult and complex. Many of the lessons of the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg remain relevant to this day.
We can still take inspiration from the stories and lesons of Gettysburg.
As the non-profit partner of the National Park Servcie at Gettysburg, the Gettysburg Foundation is committed to advancing a historically-informed message that serves our nation.
We know Gettysburg as the site of the fierce Civil War battle in 1863.
We think of the blue and the gray; the North and the South.
We think of the three-day battle that resulted in the bloodiest conflict of the war. We think of the more than 51,000 casualties. We think of a cemetery, Lincoln and the historic Gettysburg Address.
We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope on earth.
Annual Message to Congress
December 1, 1862
Lessons from the battle’s chaos, death and destruction warn us and show us how circumstances can dictate difficult choices. Today, Gettysburg brings us together. It reminds us of profound humanity and civility.
- Immediately after the battle, some local residents and volunteers helped care for the injured soldiers of both armies, while others devoted their attention to their families.
- At the dedication of the National Cemetery in November 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered "a few appropriate remarks" that would become known as the iconic Gettysburg Address.
- For the 50th anniversary of the battle, more than 50,000 Civil War veterans from both sides returned to Gettysburg for a “celebration of national reconciliation.”
- In the reunion marking the 75th anniversary, President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke of “united loyalty to a united cause,” at the unveiling of the Eternal Light Peace Memorial.
- At his nearby farm, President Dwight D. Eisenhower entertained world leaders in quiet visits during turbulent times.
We invite you to revisit Gettysburg for an opportunity to reflect and gain inspiration from the battle, from the soldiers, the civilians and the president who confronted the most dire and egregious circumstances.
From Gettysburg, lessons of hope and humanity emerged. These are lessons that comfort, that elevate and that inspire.
Now is your opportunity to revisit and reimagine Gettysburg. Revisit Gettysburg and take another look at the historic sites, exhibits and messages you may have missed the first time.