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Photos: Gettysburg National Military Park

Photos: Gettysburg National Military Park

My family and I recently visited the Gettysburg Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania, and I wanted to share some of our pictures with you. One of the things that struck me early on in our tour was the fact that the battlefield was much larger than I had ever imagined. Not having extensively studied the battle, I was under the assumption that it all took place in a relatively confined and geographically close area. Not so. The battle took place in the small town of Gettysburg, as well as in several major locations spread around the town on almost all sides.

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Flag of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania: Home of Religious Liberty

Pennsylvania became the 2nd State to join the Union on DECEMBER 12, 1787. The Continental Congress had met there, the Declaration of Independence was signed there, and the Liberty Bell was rung there. The Continental Army spent the freezing winter of 1777 at Valley Forge there. In 1787, the Constitution was written there, and from 1790-1800, the United States Capitol was there. Originally, Pennsylvania was given by King Charles II, in 1682, to William Penn, a Quaker dissenter who was the son of a famous Admiral.

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The Landing of William Penn

Love of Civil Society and Christian Religion

He was arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London eight months for being a Quaker, but later King Charles II gave him land in America as repayment of a large debt owed to his father. He invited persecuted Christians of Europe to join his colony of religious toleration. Soon Quakers, Mennonites, Pietists, Amish, Anabaptists, Lutherans, Reformed, Moravians, Scotch-Irish Presbyterians, Dunkers (German Baptist), Brethren, Schwenckfelders, and French Huguenots joined his “holy experiment.” His name was William Penn, and he died JULY 30, 1718.

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