Over the winter I decided that as much as I love Gettysburg, I needed to find new destinations for vacation this year. I’ve been to Gettysburg so many times now that I don’t even need directions to get there. I discussed it with a friend, asking for help finding other fun historical places to visit. She talked to her mom, who booked us a condo in Williamsburg for a week. (THANKS MOM!!) Yes, I’ve been to Williamsburg. But I haven’t been to Arlington, Mount Vernon or Petersburg battlefield, and we are planning to do all of those as well. We will be in Petersburg for the 150th anniversary of the battle. We can’t honestly say that we planned it to work out that way but we are excited to be there for it. Plus I’ve never met Thomas Jefferson in Williamsburg and I’d like to. Please don’t tell Patrick Henry.

Anyway, I have an amazing trip coming up that’s just a day or so away now. And I’m super excited.

So far so good right?

The other day I was browsing the Gettysburg Foundation website. Bad move, I know. But I was reading up on the Civil War soldier remains that were supposed to go up for auction soon. To make a long story short, the auction is cancelled and the remains have been donated to the Gettysburg Foundation. Once they are authenticated the soldier will be buried with honors in the national cemetery. There was a press release on the site announcing these things. Since I was already there, I decided to browse other press releases on the site when I noticed an article talking about the fall volunteer vacation at the national park in Gettysburg. I read up on it and was instantly excited. All thoughts of skipping Gettysburg this year have been scrapped. The way the program works is that volunteers work at the park during the day and they have fun tours and activities planned for the volunteers in the evenings. So, I’m registered for the volunteer vacation and I’m going back to Gettysburg this fall.

I love Civil War history, and hope to visit as many battle fields as I can in the coming years. I also hope to work to help preserve Civil War sites someday. But Gettysburg holds a special place in my heart, so I’m excited for the opportunity to contribute, even in a small way, to helping take care of the battlefield.