John loves his history, so we headed to Gettysburg for 2 nights, about 450 kms north from Virginia Beach. We travelled through 3 states, Virginia, Maryland and then into Pennsylvania. We spent the day touring the battlefields and the museum and learnt that the 3 day battle here, in 1863, was the turning point of the civil war. More Americans died in this war than all others since. Although the battle occurred on the edge of town and there was only 1 civilian casualty, many of the buildings in town showed the scars of war and remnants of cannon damage. The township has a population of about 8,000 people now. In the evening we went on a “Ghost Tour” of the orphanage, which freaked the boys out a bit but was fun !






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