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Gettysburg At 150

June 28, 2013

Re-enactment opens Gettysburg anniversary events

GETTYSBURG — The Union and Confederacy are meeting again at Gettysburg as re-enactors fired the opening volley from their muskets to begin the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the pivotal Civil War battle.

About 200,000 people are expected to visit the small, south-central Pennsylvania town for a 10-day period starting today. It's a momentous week for Civil War buffs — especially the thousands of men and women portraying soldiers, doctors and other personnel from the period.

The first of two re-enactments began Friday morning. The National Park Service's official ceremonies begin Sunday. The actual anniversary is July 1-3, 1863.

The events are years in the making after being jointly planned by the Park Service and a host of community organizers and volunteers. A visitors bureau spokeswoman says things are off to a good start so far.

 

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  • Gettysburg offers lessons on battlefield medicine

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    June 30, 2013

  • Real lives, real suffering

    For veteran Civil War re-enactor John Deppen, this week — marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg — is of particular significance.
     

    June 29, 2013

  • Horses also train for battle scenes

    Despite relentless blasts from cannons and muskets, Ringo didn’t flinch when pompoms were inserted into his ears.
     

    June 29, 2013

  • As ‘war’ rages, Gettysburg vendors hope to cash in

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    June 29, 2013

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