GETTYSBURG, Pa. - They died by the thousands during three epic days in 1863. For a kid who grew up in the Denver suburbs, it's really hard to conceive the bloodshed.
That was July 1-3. On Nov. 19 of that same year, the bodies still in the process of being moved from the battle site to the newly conceived Soldiers National Cemetery, President Abraham Lincoln gave his short but famous "Four score and seven years ago ..." Gettysburg Address.
To come here and try to make sense of it all is challenging, but time well-spent. Here's a photo of one of several poignant pieces of poetry spread around the cemetery site.