Gettysburg Trip Recap

November 10th, 2014 Posted in Alumni News & Events
As one of our regulars on the Alumni Association’s Gettysburg Battlefield Military Park bus trip, Beverly Sayles conveys a unique point of view on the annual excursion. Following the three day trip, she provided an article for The Citizen. Here are some excerpts from her story:

Around 50 people from central New York, including 10 from the town of Sterling, enjoyed the recent alumni trip to Gettysburg guided by professor and interim dean of Cayuga Community College John Lamphere, who teaches history and criminal justice at the Fulton campus.

There are over 1,320 memorials on the battlefield honoring those who fought and commemorating the 51,000 dead, wounded or captured. The Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association was formed in September 1863 and by the 1870s, marking and memorializing the field began. Over 300 condemned cannons were mounted on cast iron carriages and placed to mark every battery position. More than 800 additional acres were acquired and by 1912, cast-iron and bronze narrative tablets marked the position and described the action of every battery, brigade, division, corp Army and U.S. regular Army.

We visited the Gettysburg Diorama for an overview of the battle, then a twilight photo session on Little Round Top with a tour of the battlefield. We spent the next day learning where the battle began, saw the Lutheran Seminary, Confederate Ridge, lots of monuments and lots of field experience. We ended at the New York monument to our own 111th Regiment for a group photo. On the final day we visited Culp’s Hill and climbed the rocks to see the spot where Confederate sniper A.L. Coble carved his name with his bayonet in the rock where he sat and fired on Union men during a failed assault. We finished our tour with the Cyclorama at the new visitor center, along with the National Museum and bookstore.

The restoration and preservation continues today to have the park look exactly as it did at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg. I was honored to read the Gettysburg Address in the National Cemetery this year near the place where President Lincoln addressed the crowd on Nov. 19, 1863.

Thanks, John, for another great learning experience and an informative and fun trip! ~Beverly Sayles

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