Re-enactors prepare for two big Gettysburg events

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 21, 2013 12:05 PM

(Gettysburg) -- Thousands of Civil War buffs are getting ready for the pinnacle of their re-enacting careers when they gather in Adams County for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

This year's commemoration is such a big deal that it's getting two giant re-enactments. One starts the weekend of June 28, while the other begins on Independence Day.

They'll bookend the actual anniversary of the pivotal battle that took place July 1-3, 1863.

There's a bit of competitiveness over which group will put on the better re-enactment.

But leaders of both groups say they share the same goals of educating the public and commemorating the war's bloodiest skirmish.

Re-enactments occur on private properties, outside of Gettysburg National Military Park.

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  • Fred1863 img 2013-06-21 15:25

    There will also be two Living History encampments held on the actual Battlefield July 1,2 & 3. Union forces will be camped behind the PA Monument and Confederate forces will be set up in the Pitzer Woods. While there will be no battle reenactments, both sides will be doing firing demonstrations & allowing visitors to come through the camps to talk to the soldiers. Oh, and its FREE…

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