Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is a town rich with history. When most people think of Gettysburg they automatically conjure up images of North-South conflicts and families torn apart by war. But there is more to this small community in Adams County, Pennsylvania than Lincoln’s famous words, which have come to be known as the Gettysburg Address. This blog may share some interesting highlights on those events of our distant past from time to time, but that won’t be the focus of the blog.
Our interest is merely in the community itself. What makes Gettysburg so special? Who are the people here and what makes them tick? Why do people flock to Gettysburg every year to walk a battleground that no longer flows with warm liquid? Who are they and what motivates them in their lives?
If you’ll picture the features section of your local hometown newspaper, that’s what the Gettysburg Pennsylvania Blog is about. We are about the people and places that keep this historic location moving. It is about you. And about the old man next you. And the young lady sitting next to him.
Why? Why Gettysburg?
Good question. I am originally from Texas. Dallas, Texas. Home of the world famous Dallas Cowboys – and J.R. Ewing. My wife is an Altland, born and raised in this area.
As a National Guard officer, my unit was activated in 2004 and I spent all of 2005 in Iraq. While deployed, my wife moved us up here to be close to her family. When I returned we stayed. That was a good plan because I love it here. I am a mountain man at heart.
In the last couple of years I’ve learned a bit about the area and love to share what I find. I like meeting new people and talking about their lives. I was a newspaper editor in Texas so I have some experience with that. I started the Gettysburg Pennsylvania Blog to allow me to do something that I enjoy – talk to people and write about their lives – and to provide visitors to Gettysburg, or people considering visiting Gettysburg, an opportunity to see what else this community has to offer besides a two-hour driving tour of ground once covered by sweat and tears.
So I give you this, my gift to Gettysburg, its citizens, and its visitors, in hopes that I might entertain, inform, and enlighten. May you find it as much a joy to read as I do to write.
The Gettysburg Tramp