My youngest brother has an amazing recall of family events. I really don't, sadly. So I rely on him for how he once "reminisced about our trip to Gettysburg in '63. Do you remember which month we traveled there? All I recall from the trip was sitting in the back of our station wagon, while a guide we hired sat in the front seat as we drove around the battlefield. ... Grandpa introduced us on this trip to the 'Magic Fingers' contraption at the motel (Holiday Inn, Breezewood,PA?) -- Grandpa said it made him feel like a jellyfish, whatever that meant."
Actually, I do remember parts of this trip, although I tend to confuse it with another. I remember a 3-day excursion where we left Detroit on Day 1 (apparently staying in Breezewood that nite), troured the battlefield on Day 2 (with guide, in our car, in the rain), and returned home on Day 3. I do remember the guide up front, and us in the "way back" area -- three boys in the third seat area ('quit punching me!' 'you quit punching me!'). I especially remember Devil's Den and the rock outcroppings everywhere. I somehow think it was in June.
The colloquy reminds me of how I first came to the Civil War as a youngster with the enthusiasm of a boy's heart. So when I caught up to my surfing today and the content of an alert Mannie G. had sent awhile ago, it made me smile: [http://volunteersinparks.blogspot.com/2008/06/speaking-of-toy-soldiers.html]
Thanks, and thanks for reporting on how "TUEBOR" is the legend on the Michigan flag which translates to: "I will defend". The flag motto epitomizes the reason Michigan boys were at Gettysburg long before we were 45 years ago.