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Gettysburg's 150th Anniversary

Reenactors take part i Reenactors take part in a demonstration of a battle during ongoing activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Reenactors take part in a demonstration of a battle during ongoing activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
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Area soldiers served Union well at Gettysburg
In the midst of the pivotal Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, Union soldier and Ohio native Charles Stacey voluntarily snuck into Confederate territory on July 2, 1863, to attack a band of Southern sharpshooters. Alone, the private, a sniper, remained hunkered down in a wheat field on the wrong side of the skirmish line for four hours, firing 23 shots and taking out the sharpshooters so completely that not a single man in his company was harmed...


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America progresses, but divide endures
Americans have tried to find meaning in the Civil War since it was still being fought. Books, re-enactments, anniversary commemorations, national battlefields, personal stories, arguments, and political themes that recur generation after generation all try to capture the elusive lessons of conflict...

 

‘The turning point’ in the Civil War or something less?
Ten major roads came together at Gettysburg in 1863. That convergence allowed Union and Confederate forces to assemble there quickly for a three-day fight that remains the biggest and bloodiest battle in the history of the Americas...

 

Small town braces for tourist invasion
Adams County Commissioner Jim Martin is used to seeing big crowds flocking to the county’s most famous town in early July. But he’s sure that the next week will be crazier than anything from previous years. “We could be looking at 30,000 or more folks coming here each day; many more than in a normal year,” he said...

 

On the meaning of Gettysburg
There is a popular bar and student hangout in Brunswick, Maine, called Joshua’s Tavern. The beer is cold, and they serve a terrific clam chowder in a state where that claim is often made but less often backed up.

 

Nursing roots deep in Civil War
The Daughters of Charity at their provincial house in Emmitsburg, Md., could hear the cannons of Pickett’s Charge 10 miles off. They helped their chaplain pack a wagon with medical supplies and, when the cannons were silenced, a dozen sisters rode with him to tend to the wounded...

 

Shaped by history
Gettysburg changed the direction of American history 150 years ago, and the town hasn’t been the same since. The couple of hundred thousand visitors expected at events to mark the anniversary of the 1863 clash won’t have to look far to find remnants of the pivotal campaign of the Civil War, even outside the grounds of the meticulously maintained national park...

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