Cyclorama Focal Point

Cyclorama Focal Point (HMAGW)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 48.802', W 77° 14.117'

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July 3, 1863 - Third Day

"You will find hard work to convince yourself that you are not standing on the top of Cemetery Ridge in the very center of the position occupied by the troops of the Northern army on that memorable day in July ...."
Boston Sunday Globe
December 20, 1884
Preview of the Cyclorama exhibit

In 1882, 19 years after the battle, the renowned French artist Paul Philippoteaux journeyed to Gettysburg to study the battlefield and interview veterans. He chose the spot where you are now standing to be the focal point of a monumental 360? painting, or cyclorama, depicting the climax of Pickett's Charge.

Using sketches, notes, and photos made here, Philippoteaux returned to Paris, where, with the aid of five other artists, he completed the cyclorama in just two years for an exhibition in Chicago. Later he completed a secondcyclorama nearly identical to the first. This second painting was exhibited in Boston in 1884, and later in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

In 1913 the "Boston" version of the cyclorama was brought to Gettysburg for the 50th Anniversary of the battle. Later the National Park Service acquired and restored the painting. Today the cyclorama is exhibited in the cylindrical building behind you, within sight of the historic landscape it depicts.
Placed ByGettysburg National Military Park
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 4:48pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 308669 N 4409433
Decimal Degrees39.81336667, -77.23528333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 48.802', W 77° 14.117'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 48' 48.12" N, 77° 14' 7.02" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1820-1826 Hancock Ave, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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