The Gettysburg National Tower
Where History USE TO Come Alive


Weighing nearly 2,000,000 lbs. with 5 miles of steel connected by 14,000 bolts, the Gettysburg National Tower is anchored into granite with 15,000 tons of concrete. It rises 393 feet to the top of its flag pole in a patented, hyperbolic hourglass shape of 94 ft. base, 33 ft. waist and 70 ft. top. Certified against lightning damage and computer analyzed for safety, the carpeted, air-conditioned and heated capsule, holding 750 visitors, is reached by two elevators or 508 screened stairs.
Browse through oldtime Sutler's Gift & Souvenir Store. Enjoy the breath-taking view 307 feet above the historic terrain where Union and Confederate armies fought the largest battle on American soil in July 1863. Participate in our exciting dramatization of the most important Civil War battle. See our Library of Congress displays, photos, and maps.
*Snack Shack, restrooms, free parking, picnic area
*High powered telescopes
*Foreign translations
*Accomodates the physically challenged

The Battle Cam was hosted at the now demolished Gettysburg National Tower--read on to learn more about the Tower. To see our movie clips of its demolition you'll need Quicktime. It's free, so if you don't have it, click the logo and come back after the very easy installation!
Click Tower blow-up 1 or Tower blow-up 2 for different views of the demolition of the Gettysburg National Tower, former home of the "BattleCam"©. Special thanks to Michael Ney, Raymond Miller and Lynn Hanley.


We are sad to announce that the "Battle Cam" will no longer be housed in Gettysburg Tower--we are including a direct quote from the letter that the United States Department of the Interior sent us:

"The United States Attorney has advised that a Declaration of Taking has been filed on May 17, 2000, which vests title in the United States of America to the Gettysburg Tower property within Gettysburg National Military Park.

"Our records indicate that you may have one or more cameras located on the Gettysburg Tower. The purpose of this letter is to inform you that it will be necessary for the NationalPark Service to obtain possession of the property, vacant and free of any cameras or personalproperty by June 2, 2000"

Feel free to email us at Tom with your thoughts or suggestions. We will be creating an archive of notable "Battle Cam" shots for you to enjoy. These will no doubt be the last of their kind, since it is public knowledge that the Tower will be demolished on July 3, 2000.

From the vantage point of the GettysburgNational Tower, the "Battle Cam"© overlooked some of the most notable landmarks of the actual battles at Gettysburg.