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Gettysburg and its local connections

July 14, 2013
Mary Burns Deas , The OBSERVER

"Nothing like sunbathing in wool clothing" were the words I overheard as we were ordered to lie down in the grass last weekend at the Gettysburg 150th Civil War battle reenactment. A "cooler" battle with a bit less than a 100-degree heat index; we had just begun the famous Pickett's Charge. Several Union cannons, no more than 20 to 25 yards behind us were beginning their cannonade in anticipation of the Confederate charge across the field. July marks the anniversary of this battle from our nation's history in 1863 and is so important that there were two weekends of events in Gettysburg, Pa. Last week's column, "A battle for freedom," looked at the first weekend and what a "campaign style" event entailed. Hosted by the Blue Gray Alliance, it had about 10,000 reenactors. Last weekend's reenactment, hosted by the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee, had about 16,000 registered participants.



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