In a place so rich in history, we don’t often get the chance to use our imaginations.

Generally, when we discuss history, we stick to facts, documented and authenticated. Sure, sometimes we indulge ourselves with thoughts of “what if.” What if Brig. Gen. Gouverneur Warren had failed to gather support for the defense of Little Round Top? What if Confederate Lt. Gen. Richard Ewell had found it “practical” to take Cemetery Hill? What if Gen. Robert E. Lee had decided against a massive third day assault? We can use our imagination, and then we are quickly reeled back in by facts in history.

Wayne Motts is president and chief executive officer of the Gettysburg Foundation, GettysburgFoundation.org.

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