The Battle of Gettysburg was a critical juncture in the Civil War, the Union triumph in the summer of 1863 completed General Robert E. Lee's second and most ambitious breach of the North. Time and again referred to as the "High Water Mark of the Confederacy", it was the war's bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties. It also furnished President Abraham Lincoln with the setting for his most distinguished address to the nation.
Gettysburg National Military Park was established on February 11,1895 by President Grover Clevand. It has more than 800 acres and 300 monuments in the park. The National Park Service took control of the park in 1933 where it remains at present.
Production has started on a new Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center. This new establishment should be opened on April 14, 2008, with a grand opening in September.
Summers are known to be hot and humid, with possible violent thunderstorms. Fall and spring are mild with temperatures in the upper 40's and strong winds. Winters can be wet with occasional snowstorms that closes of some park roads and facilities depending on how severe the storms are.