During three traumatic days in July of 1863, the small Pennsylvania farming community of Gettysburg was devastated by one of the most intense battles to take place on North American soil. Considered one of the key turning points of the war, the battle of Gettysburg resulted in the death or wounding of 50,000 men from both sides of the conflict.
Throughout the 145 years since the guns of Gettysburg fell silent, the town has attracted visitors seeking to learn more about the battle and the Civil War, as well as the tactics and heroism displayed in these hallowed fields and ridges. And those visitors sent back millions of postcards to loved ones and friends back home highlighting the monuments, vistas and other attractions that continue to inspire visitors today. Here, listed in the sections on the left, are a few of the Gettysburg postcards that have been sent and collected over the years.