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Gettysburg Remembered

By Linda Tancs

In July 1863 the residents of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania witnessed a battle that left them with 22,000 dead and wounded soldiers.  To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg (a turning point in the Civil War), the National Civil War Battle Reenactment will take place from 4 to 7 July.  Soldiers and civilians alike will re-enact the battles and encampments, giving visitors a glimpse at the cavalry, artillery and the lives that soldiers led during the war.  The re-enactment will feature 15,000 re-enactors, civilian interpreters, 400 horses and 100 cannons.  And that’s just one of many events marking this distinctive anniversary.  Yesterday the Seminary Ridge Museum opened–150 years to the day that the Battle of Gettysburg began.   The museum building itself became the battle’s largest field hospital.  Hikes, bus tours and other family events will continue until 7 July.

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