In 1863, this small Pennsylvania town witnessed something that profoundly influenced our country's development and shaped our national character. Gettysburg was the site of the bloodiest fight ever to take place on American soil. To this day, the Battle of Gettysburg evokes images of brutal conditions, intense emotions, and divided loyalties. For three days in July, 65,000 Confederate and 90,000 Union soldiers fought in a battle that pitted brother against brother. Considered the turning point of the Civil War, the battle is a potent symbol of America's struggle to survive. Each year, more than two million people visit Gettysburg National Military Park, which incorporates nearly 6,000 acres and more than 1,400 monuments and memorials. The state-of-the-art Museum and Visitor Center houses the world-famous Cyclorama painting, longer than a football field and weighing 3 tons. With light and sound, it is an experience not to be missed!