Wrapping Your Head Around History in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
It’s hard enough to comprehend the decisive Civil War battle at Gettysburg on paper—165,000 men engaged in three straight days of fighting that would claim as many as 50,000 casualties in the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil. Harder still when you’re standing on Little Round Top at the 6,000-acre military park. You need perspective, a broader view of the battlefield as it appeared in July of 1863. Luckily, Michigan man Jim Daugherty and Gettysburg guide and historian Jim Kralik spent three years building a massive 1/72-scale model depicting all three days of battle. The end result is the Gettysburg Diorama, an 800 square-foot world populated by more than 20,000 hand-painted men, horses and cannons, that offers visitors a comprehensive, bird’s-eye view of the battle that turned the tide of the Civil War.