A Scar of Battle: Gettysburg National Military Park, June 2001 On our way to visit Rachelle’s brother in New York during the summer of 2001, Rachelle had to spend a day at a facility near Gettysburg for work. I took the opportunity to spend the day driving around the battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park after I had dropped her off. For three days Union and Confederate forces fought in and around the small town of Gettysburg, PA. The Army of Northern Virginia, led by General Robert E. Lee, was marching through Pennsylvania. Only the Army of the Potomac stood between Lee and the Union capital, Washington D.C. The two armies clashed just outside of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. And would fight for another two days until Lee retreated after having suffered grievous casualties attempting to break the Union lines. The battle affected the citizens of Gettysburg. Even though there was only one civilian casualty, the town, as well as the nation, would be changed forever as a result. Evidence of the battle still exists in the Park. This photo is of the barn located on the Trostle Farm. In its wall can be seen a scar from the battle that was fought here. A hole from a cannonball remains 138 years after the battle was fought. (via Robby Edwards’ Photos)