Historic Views of Gettysburg

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania has been a popular tourist and historical destination ever since the guns were stilled in July of 1863.

The images on this website are taken from a guidebook to the Civil War battlefield entitled Historic Views of Gettysburg. My copy of this book is in rough shape without a cover or any other identifying marks and probably has pages missing. Its size is 11.75 inches by 9.25 inches. It has been in my family for years.

Also see my section Tipton's Photo's at Devil's Den.

If you have any questions or comments about this website you may reach me at bonnie@blndesign.com

Bonnie Nilsen

Thanks to Keith Snipes for providing the following:


Historic View sof Gettysburg

The front cover shows an engraving of the "High Water Mark" monument and the "copse of trees."

On the rear cover: Gettysburg Compiler Print

[page 1] Historic Views of Gettysburg

Illustrations in Half-Tone of all the Monuments, Important Views and Historical Places on the Gettysburg Battlefield

Text by Robert C. [Clinton] Miller

Published by J. I. Mumper and R. C. Miller,
Custodian of the Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg, Pa.

Copyright, 1912, By J. K. Mumper and R. C. Miller

This volume is issued in the hope that its illustrations will afford visitors and others interested in the Battlefield of Gettysburg some insight into the beauties of the natural scenery, enhanced now by hundreds of monuments of tasteful and elegant designs marking the positions which were occupied by the volunteer troops. The veteran organizations were aided in the construction of these monuments by liberal appropriations by the legislatures of their native States. The perfectly constructed Telford avenues, substantial tablets marking Confederate positions and park-like appearance of this vast field, together with the imposing general monument and individual markers, placed at the line position of each Regular organization, show the unstinted hand with which the United States Government has taken up its work and is making this Battlefield, in a special manner, the Mecca of pilgrimage to all lovers of our Union.

There is a reason for all of this. The Battle of Gettysburg enjoys a distinction which cannot be accorded to any other of the great battles of the Civil War. It has been well said it is the high water mark of the tide of the Rebellion. The waves of fire which surged around these hills on those three days of July, 1863, ever receded until they sank into eternal calm at Appomattox. It was the only battle which was fought on free soil. All previous battles led up to Gettysburg; those subsequent led away from it. To no one General can the credit of causing the battle to be fought here be given; likewise to no one in particular more than another belongs the credit of conducting it to a successful issue. It was the soldier's battle.

While the following pages will contain some references to particular incidents connected with the monuments being described, it is not our purpose to go into a detailed account of the Battle. The hundreds of histories which have been written on this subject and the guide-books with their descriptions of the movements of troops, etc., accurately cover that part.

The idea of the preservation of the Battlefield of Gettysburg had its inception as early as April 30, 1864, when the "Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association" was incorporated by the Legislature of Pennsylvania, "to hold and preserve the Battle-grounds of Gettysburg, with the natural and artificial defenses, as they were at the time of said battle, and by such perpetuation, and such memorial structures as a generous and patriotic people may aid to erect, to commemorate the heroic deeds, the struggles, and the triumphs of their brave defenders."

Appropriations from nearly all of the States whose troops were engaged here, together with a sum which was raised by the sale of certificates of stock and some other sources, placed at the disposal of this body a total of $106,575.59. All of this was expended in the purchase, restoration, improvement and maintenance of the grounds, so that in 1895 when by deed of conveyance their holdings were transferred to the United States, they had acquired about 600 acres of the most important parts of the field, had constructed 17 miles of avenues and driveways, and had provided sites and supervised the erection of 320 monuments.

On February 11, 1895, a bill introduced in Congress by Major-General Daniel E. Sickles of New York, became a law. It provided for the establishment of the "Gettysburg National Park" to be in charge of a Commission appointed by the Secretary of War, who, under his direction, were "to superintend the opening of additional roads... mark the boundaries... ascertain and definitely mark the lines of battle of all troops engaged... to acquire lands which were occupied by infantry, cavalry, and artillery, and such other adjacent lands as he may deem necessary to preserve the important topographical features of the Battlefield."

The present Commission is composed of Colonel John P. Nicholson, Chairman of Pennsylvania; General L. L. Lomax, of Virginia, and Major C. A. Richardson, of New York. That under their efficient management the purposes of the act are being carried out, is the opinion of all who visit the Gettysburg National Park.

Image 1 - Reynold's Avenue; Oak Ridge Image 2 - Jennie Wade
Image 3 - Relief Map of the Battle of Gettysburg Image 4 - Maine Monuments
Image 5 - Pennsylvania Monument Image 6 - First Day's Battle
Image 7 - Gen. George S. Greene; Additional Monuments Image 8 - Maine, Illinois and Delaware Monuments
Image 9 - Oak Ridge and Mummasburg Road; From Oak Ridge - The Eleventh Corps Line Image 10 - Howard Avenue; Barlow's Knoll
Image 11 - Massachusetts Monuments Image 12 - Massachusetts Monuments
Image 13 - General Meade, His Headquarters and "Old Baldy" Image 14 - A Confederate Page
Image 15 - Three Heroic Size Statues Image 16 - New Hampshire and Connecticut Monuments
Image 17 - East Cemetery Hill Image 18 - Vermont and Rhode Island Monuments
Image 19 - Miscellaneous Monuments Image 20 - The Second Day's Battle
Image 21 - Ohio Monuments Image 22 - Culp's Hill Looking West; Confederate Avenue
Image 23 - Historic Springs Image 24 - On Culp's Hill
Image 25 - New York Image 26 - New York Monuments
Image 27 - New York Monuments Image 28 - New York Monuments
Image 29 - New York Monuments Image 30 - Fighting New York Batteries
Image 31 - New York Monuments Image 32 - Gettysburg National Cemetery
Image 33 - Gettysburg National Cemetery Image 34 - Emmitsburg Road; The Trostle Buildings
Image 35 - The Wheat Field; Pennsylvania Reserve Line Image 36 - Maryland and New Jersey Monuments
Image 37 - Natural Curiosities Image 38 - West Confederate Avenue
Image 39 - Cemetery Ridge from West Confederate Avenue Image 40 - The Whitworth Battery
Image 41 - Memorials Image 42 - The Third Day's Battle
Image 43 - 44th and 12th New York Monument; The Angle Image 44 - Little Round Top; Devil's Den
Image 45 - Pennsylvania's Equestrian Statues Image 46 - Pennsylvania Reserves and Batteries
Image 47 - Pennsylvania Monuments Image 48 - Pennsylvania Monuments
Image 49 - Pennsylvania Monuments Image 50 - Pennsylvania Monuments
Image 51 - Pennsylvania Monuments Image 52 - Pennsylvania Cavalry Monuments
Image 53 - Gettysburg College Image 54 - Historic Buildings
Image 55 - The Collins Monument; The Old McAllister Mill Image 56 - Michigan, Minnesota and West Virginia Monuments
Image 57 - Wisconsin and Indiana Monuments