Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Park

Sights to See

Rosensteel Plaques in the New Museum

By Park Superintendent John A. Latschar

After further discussions with the Rosensteel family and Congressman Todd Platts, Gettysburg National Military Park is announcing that the Rosensteel plaques will be displayed in a prominent public area at the main entrance to the new exhibit galleries in the park's new Museum and Visitor Center.

The family and the National Park Service have agreed that this location is an appropriate space in which to honor the Rosensteel family legacy at Gettysburg and their generous donation of their artifact collection which even today makes up the majority of the battle-related artifacts at Gettysburg National Military Park.

The Gettysburg Foundation's "Campaign to Preserve Gettysburg" is raising $125 million to build the new facility and rehabilitate portions of the battlefield. The partnership is nationally recognized and will solve long-term preservation problems, enhancing our ability to educate the American public about the sacrifices and meaning of the Battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath.

We look forward to the April opening of the new facility so that park visitors from near and far can experience powerful new museum exhibits illustrated so well with artifacts from the Rosensteel donation, and see these plaques as a reminder of the family's legacy.

 

Places To Go

The National Park Service Visitor Center is the place to begin your visit. The center offers information on park tours, local information, the park museum that houses the Rosensteel Collection of Gettysburg related relics, and the Electric Map program.

Across from the Visitor Center is the Soldiers' National Cemetery where Union dead from the Battle of Gettysburg were buried and today the resting place for veterans and their families from all wars. It is also the place where President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863.

The park is open daily and park visitors may drive their vehicles to many of the places known in battlefield lore- Culp's Hill, McPherson's Ridge, Cemetery Hill, Spangler's Spring, Devil's Den, the Peach Orchard, Little Round Top, and the "High Water Mark" to name but a few. The park also has hiking trails, a horse trail, and welcomes on-road bicyclists.

The McMillan Woods Youth Campground is open to scout troops and youth organizations on a seasonal basis by reservation only. Reservations for camping at the site are accepted by a lottery system, beginning the first of every year. There is no commercial campground in the battlefield park.

Scenic Vistas

Big Round Top, Little Round Top, East Cemetery Hill, and Culp’s Hill, which range from 140 to 200 feet above the surrounding landscape, form the high points of the eastern side of the park. Seminary Ridge forms a long north-south ridge on the western side of the park at 60 feet above the surrounding landscape. Little Round Top is the most visited vista and offers a westerly view across Devil’s Den and the “Valley of Death” out toward Eisenhower Farm. Big Round Top has the highest elevation in the park at 785 feet above sea level but offers a limited easterly view due to thick vegetation.

The park also contains three Observation towers: the Longstreet tower, Oak Ridge tower, and Culp’s Hill tower. The recently renovated Pennsylvania Monument offers visitors a view of the battlefield from the base of its dome.