Immersed in History: My Passion for the Gettysburg Civil War Battle by Joe Summers, COO, Ancillary Services Management 

As a history enthusiast, I’m continually fascinated by the stories of the past and the pivotal moments that have shaped our world. One event that holds a special place in my heart is the Battle of Gettysburg, a defining moment in American history. The very thought of witnessing this epic clash between the Union and Confederate forces sends chills down my spine. In this blog, I will delve into my passion for history and explain why I would love to have the opportunity to witness the Gettysburg Civil War battle.


From an early age, history captured my imagination like no other subject. The narratives of ancient civilizations, the rise and fall of empires, and the struggles for freedom and equality have always captivated my attention. However, it was the American Civil War that truly sparked my passion. The immense sacrifices, the clash of ideologies, and the profound impact it had on the nation resonate deeply with me.


The Battle of Gettysburg, fought from July 1 to July 3, 1863, was a turning point in the American Civil War. Located in Pennsylvania, Gettysburg witnessed one of the bloodiest and most significant battles of the conflict. It was a clash that pitted brother against brother, testing the resolve of a divided nation.


The battle was a culmination of General Robert E. Lee’s bold attempt to invade the North and bring an end to the war. The Union Army, led by General George G. Meade, stood firm in defense of their cause. For three brutal days, the fields of Gettysburg became a stage for heroism, sacrifice, and tragedy.


To witness this battle first hand would be an opportunity of a lifetime, allowing me to transcend the limitations of textbooks and immerse myself in the sights, sounds, and emotions of that momentous event. I would relish the chance to walk the hallowed ground, to stand where soldiers once stood, and to obtain a visceral understanding of the immense scale and horror of war. I would have a deeper appreciation for the sacrifices made by those who fought and died on those fields. Their courage and determination in the face of adversity would become more tangible to me. Their stories, which have been passed down through generations, would come alive in a way that no written account or documentary ever could.

History has the power to teach us invaluable lessons. Those lessons can shape our present and guide our future, and the Battle of Gettysburg serves as a stark reminder of the cost of war. It provides an understanding of the consequences of division and the price of unity, and the significance of preserving the values we hold dear.

As a passionate history enthusiast, the opportunity to witness this pivotal moment would be an unbelievable experience. It would not only deepen my understanding of the past but also provide a profound connection to the sacrifices made by those who came before us.