Our first stop was the Visitor's Center which is only two years old and see the movie/cyclorama/schedule a tour.
I also wanted to ensure that I was allowed to run throughout the park and was assured that many runners run in the morning but anytime is allowed. The movie is narrated by Morgan Freeman and lasts about twenty minutes. Then you move upstairs to the cyclorama and another brief movie about the battles. Here is a picture of the cyclorama:
Next, we had lunch and met our tour guide, John. He guided us through the battlefield for two hours describing the three days of battles which occurred in Gettysburg. John thought initially I was crazy for wanting to run through the battlefield but I was so impressed by his knowledge and foresight in explaining the details of each day's battles and the men who fought during those three days. I also waited until after our tour was done and then drove back to where I wanted to start my five mile run because I really wanted to remember and pay tribute to our brave soldiers at Gettysburg.
I continued my run downhill and ran past Spangler's Spring. Here was the one place where both Union and Confederate troops met and were friendly towards each other. Why? Because it was the one safe drinking water spring and every night the troops got water there for the following day.
I continued my run past several other monuments to the battlefield for Pickett's charge which is in the background.