#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Part 2

The computer ate part of my blog, but for once, I was prepared and made a print-out before I hit the “publish” button.

Here’s the rest:

This is where I start losing track of what happened on which day, so bear with me, please.  :)  Gary, Marsha, Jenni and I drove to Harrisburg, where we visited the National Civil War Museum, an amazing place, and met the CEO/Director, Wayne Motts.  Wayne showed us around; the man is a true expert, and another qualified guide in the bargain and, believe me, he knows his stuff.  He told us marvelous stories and I actually got to hold in my hand a paper signed, “A. Lincoln”!!!  Wayne has a book coming out soon, his second, and I’ll be sure to post the information here when I have the details.

In the midst of all this, there was supposed to be a battlefield tour on horseback but, due to bad weather, that was cancelled.  Since my stirrup foot is the one I sprained, this was probably for the best.  I’m definitely doing it next time, though.  (The horseback tour, not the sprained ankle.)

We enjoyed a lovely dinner at the historic Cashtown Inn, which was General (CSA) A.P. Hill’s headquarters, along the road General Lee himself took to reach the battlefield.  The Inn is purported to be haunted and has been featured in many books and on TV shows, too.  It was also the place where Sam Elliott (be still, my beating heart), Tom Berenger and other members of the cast of “Gettysburg” stayed during the filming of that landmark movie.  My good friend, Buck Taylor, was in the film, too.

On Sunday, Jenni and I did a little exploring on our own, visiting Devil’s Den for a second time.  Jenni climbed up to the top for a good look around, but I was still hobbling, so I stayed on flat ground. 

That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it.

36 comments to “Part 2”

  1. Lynn
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 4:11 pm · Link

    And it’s a wonderful one!! What would we do without our ghosts??!!

  2. Gloria
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 4:11 pm · Link

    The saga continues. I can almost see myself there with you.

    I’m glad you got to do and see so many things, in spite of your ankle.

  3. nicole franco
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 4:16 pm · Link

    Wonderful adventure !

  4. Donna Brant
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 4:27 pm · Link

    It sounds as though you had a wonderful time. Gettysburg has so much of our history.

  5. Gwen Romine
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 4:34 pm · Link

    I know a Draft horse rescue nearby that will go to Gettysburg Park and take horses and trail ride and camp out there. Its on my bucket list to experience.

  6. Dawn Roberts
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 4:48 pm · Link

    That trip sounds amazing, truly on my bucket list to travel the east coast? Boston, Virginia and all the wonderful places that history holds.

  7. Melaine
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 4:57 pm · Link

    What a wonderful trip you can call work for research for your civil war book series.

    Hope the ankle is doing better!

  8. Wanda beach
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 5:27 pm · Link

    WOW sounds so exciting wish I could hAve been there I’m a big civil war buff. We have been to the big civil war military park in Vicksburg Mississippi many times on family vacation ( took my little ones there lots) So amazing all the facts I didt here about in school. I will need the info on book 1 and 2 very much interested in reading those. thank you for sharing.

  9. terry myers
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 5:28 pm · Link

    I love Sam Elliott to my husband sounds like him when he talks :lol:

      · June 2nd, 2015 at 5:40 pm · Link

    I’m so glad that you got to go to Gettysburg. I’m sorry you didn’t get to horse back riding on the battlefields. It doesn’t get worn out going back to Gettysburg over and over. Also, glad you got to Harrisburg Civil War museum. They did a great job building that. Hope you return again and again. You will never tired of it. Vickesburg, Mississippi is another great battle field. Also, Shiloh National Military Park in Tenn. is another great place to go.

  11. Ruby Norwood
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 5:53 pm · Link

    I always loved Sam Elliott in any movie. I know you really had a good time. I can hear it in your writing if that makes sense to you. I have really enjoyed this blog. Oh and I started reading “The Marriage Season” today. It is really good so for!! and I don’t expect anything other than good, good, good…

  12. Leanna
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 6:10 pm · Link

    Just started the Marriage Season. Loving it!

  13. Julie Abrams
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 6:29 pm · Link

    Almost missed this additional blog. So glad I didn’t! Wow – what a day, to have held a piece of Abe Lincoln history, and to stand where Sam Elliott once stood… err stayed – oh my! Be still my heart!

      · June 2nd, 2015 at 6:39 pm · Link

    Linda – I visited Gettysburg more than 40 years ago but I thoroughly enjoyed your recants. I really want to revisit.

    Thanks much for sharing.

  15. Sharon S.
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 6:41 pm · Link

    I’m loving your reports. I love history and enjoyed our trip in 1976, which we called our Bicentennial trip because we were in Philadelphia for the 4th of July. It was AMAZING to say the very least.

  16. Cece
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 6:57 pm · Link

    I am glad your ankle is not any worse! I hope it continues to get better. I grew up in NYS right on the Pa. border but even though we went to Pa on a regular basic, I never got to Gettysburg. Sometime day I would love to see it. You made it sound so interesting.

  17. Jill Neiderer
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 7:16 pm · Link

    So glad you came to Gettysburg. I live 25 minutes from there, around Hanover. Haven’t done the horseback tour, but it’s on my “to do” list. My dog needs a total hip replacement (end of June), so I won’t be doing too many extras this year. Our family took bikes to Gettysburg some years back. That was great, too! I also want to thank you for all the entertainment I get from reading your books! I do much more reading than watching TV, so I can hardly wait for new books to come out.

  18. Ann Bartholomew
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 7:21 pm · Link

    I am extremely jealous hearing of all your tours of Gettysburg and the battlefield. You may be interested in the Battle of Franklin at Franklin, TN, of The Widow of the South fame. It was a short but especially bloody battle. One of the houses you can tour has a room that was used as a surgery. The light coming through a window in the room provided a good spot for the doctor. There is still blood that soaked into the floor boards where the doctor stood. The yard below was piled high with limbs that had been amputated and tossed out the window. I am looking forward to whatever tales you spin from your trip and research there. Marriage Season is wonderful; now I need to go back and reread the other two.

  19. Juanita Rice
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 8:00 pm · Link

    Sam Elliott…”be still my beating heart” indeed. :wink:
    Glad you had such a good time.

    Just got Marriage Season today (your books have to be in my paperback collection) and can’t wait to see what happens there. :)

    Welcome home. :)

  20. Diane McCarthy
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 8:19 pm · Link

    Thank you for giving us your take on Gettysburg and the battlefields. When I was in school(many,many years ago) I did a report on Abraham Lincoln and his Gettysburg address. I was fascinated, but haven’t been able to visit that great region. I did get the chance to visit the theater where Lincoln was shot in DC.

    I do thoroughly enjoy reading all about your trips. Thank you again for all your blogs.

  21. Diane Sallans
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 8:47 pm · Link

    I didn’t know there was a battlefield horseback tour available – we’ll have to check that out.

  22. Teresa G
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 9:08 pm · Link

    I’d love to go to Gettysburg some day.

  23. Roberta Giordano
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 9:14 pm · Link

    I don’t know how you managed all the walking with bad ankle,but glad you were able to. Sounds like a great trip!

  24. Debbie Gaddis
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 9:22 pm · Link

    Linda, I can totally empathize with you having a sprained ankle. It takes longer to heal than a break. Crutch are another accident waiting to happen. The black boot has become my best friend, it just goes with everything.(ha, ha). As far as the Civil War goes, I live it. I am a northener married to a southener. It’s a riot and challenge every day but, we’ve done it for 35yrs. It may not be historical, but it can be hysterical. Keep up with the excellent writing. Debbie G.

  25. Pat Parker
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 9:57 pm · Link

    We went with friends to Gettysburg and had one of the guides (a retired postal worker) give us the tour. Have to agree that those guides are so well informed and have so very much interesting information to impart, you want to have more.
    I recommend you read “Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara. All about Gettysburg and told in a very interesting fashion. It really draws you into the Battle of Gettysburg experience.
    I envy you your recent trip. I would love to go back!
    By the way, I received the autographed copy of “The Marriage Season,” finished it the next day, and felt very smug when it went on sale the following week. Lucky me!!

    Thank you.
    Pat Parker

  26. Kathryn Smith
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 11:42 pm · Link

    Reading about your trip to Gettysburg makes me think about our belated honeymoon. We went to visit his family in York, PA and they took us to Gettysburg along with several other short trips. I remember visiting Devil’s Den very well… I got about half way up and had to sit the rest of the climb out. That night my legs hurt so bad, I could hardly walk and unfortunately we were staying in the basement and the bathroom was on the second floor… of course there was someone in the bathroom so I sat on the top step and waited. LOL There was NO WAY I was going to climb all of those stairs again. I know they thought I was a nut, but oh well!! :oops:

    I am looking forward to hearing about more of your trip. We may have visited some of the same places.

  27. Patricia Taylor
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 11:47 pm · Link

    Thanks for sharing your trip and places to see. We are planning a trip later in the year to Gettysburg. It’s been on my list of places I want to visit.

  28. Terri Shortell
      · June 3rd, 2015 at 12:16 am · Link

    Sounds like you had a fun filled and informative trip. I love history and I want to check out some of the places you mentioned. 8)

  29. Valdi M
      · June 3rd, 2015 at 12:36 am · Link

    I`m so glad you are having such a grand time.

  30. Carol Luciano
      · June 3rd, 2015 at 5:42 am · Link

    OMG, Sam Elliot. :) The thought of him always makes me smile. But thank you Linda for another wonderful post about Gettysburg. Everyone I know who has gone there aid they were just overwhelmed with the history and want to go back again.
    Carol L

  31. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · June 3rd, 2015 at 5:44 am · Link

    Such an exciting opportunity! Thanks for sharing.

    And take care of your ankle.

  32. Jane G
      · June 3rd, 2015 at 5:56 am · Link

    Sounds like you had a great time in site of your ankle. I am sure it will help with your writing too.

  33. Jo-Ann Baker
      · June 3rd, 2015 at 6:58 am · Link

    What a wonderful trip. Sounds like Jenni and you had a great time. So glad you all had a great time seeing the sights and listening to the sounds of North and South in the old places you visisted.
    Have a great day and thanks again for the Great read Marriage Season. Loved them all!
    Now waiting for a new book. :-P

  34. Teresa Wilson
      · June 3rd, 2015 at 11:51 am · Link

    Sounds like a great trip! Glad you’re back….missed your blog! Good luck at WW weigh in!

  35. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · June 4th, 2015 at 1:26 pm · Link

    Sam Elliott be still my beating heart indeed!

  36. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · June 4th, 2015 at 1:26 pm · Link

    Sam Elliott, be still my beating heart indeed!

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