Everywhere you look there are monuments and cannon spread across this massive battlefield. You can’t help but think about the June 30, 1863 community of Gettysburg versus the one of July 4, 1863. Armies come and go, but the dead, dying and wounded remain. Just think about what this small town had to deal with: tens of thousands of dead and wounded, the potential for a return of the battle, the destruction of farm buildings, crops, and the horror of (then) modern medicine. There were piles of amputated limbs outside the field hospitals, never mind the remains of soldiers devastated by ever more powerful weapons who never made it to the hospital tents. The fields that have now become forever part of American history were once someone else’s American dream.