Orienteering – Gettysburg Landscape Photo Essays

Learn the landscape, learn history!  That’s the point of this collection of Gettysburg Landscape Photo Essays. While riding a bicycle, history comes alive as we learn and navigate through historical landscapes.

Last Update: May 10, 2020 (3:02 pm)

Gettysburg Landscape Photo Essays …

Learn the Landscape, Learn History!

Bicyclists are uniquely empowered to understand the Battle of Gettysburg, because we need to use natural and physical landmarks to get oriented on the battlefield. And in learning where we are, we can more easily imagine battlefield events and the human dimension of the experience. I hope that you enjoy the following articles (which are also listed in our website index).

Table of Gettysburg Landscape Photos

How does a bicyclist stay oriented on the battlefield? Study the names and locations of significant land forms (e.g., hills, ridges) and landmarks (e.g., monuments, barns). Knowing these really helps!
Sort IDGeographic AreaLink
1Seminary RidgeComing Soon
2Cemetery RidgeView
3Little Round TopComing Soon
4Culp's HillComing Soon
5Devil's Den
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6The WheatfieldComing Soon
7The Peach OrchardComing Soon
8Rose WoodsComing Soon
9McPherson and Oak RidgesComing Soon
10Oak HillComing Soon
11Barlow's KnollComing Soon
12Town of GettysburgComing Soon

Puzzle Pieces Coming Together

I remember my excitement when I started to understand the Gettysburg landscape. If the Gettysburg story is a puzzle, then the puzzle pieces came together for me. Looking back, it seems obvious that a bicyclist who has easy access to historical monuments and signs can learn a lot by reading their inscriptions. But I didn’t really understand this until I started to do it.

I started the Civil War Cycling website, because I wanted to share the following secret: You can make history fun on a bicycle! Add a camera, a map, and maybe an easy to understand book, and you have a ready-made learning adventure.

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