Gettysburg re-enactment underway, after July postponement

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Aug 7, 2015 1:56 PM

Photo by Hanover Evening Sun

Re-enactors prepare for battle during a past anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The 2015 re-enactments were rescheduled because of rainy weather.

(Gettysburg) -- The annual re-enactment of the Civil War battle of Gettysburg runs through this weekend. It's a make-up of sorts after rain in July turned the fields into a muddy mess in July and forced its postponement.

The Gettysburg Civil War Re-enactment features live mortar fire and battles between about 700 re-enactors each day.

The camp area will be a bit smaller as part of the changes to make sure the weather doesn't interfere with the schedule this weekend.

"What we have is what would be considered a normal reenactment with the approximate numbers that we're used to. As we headed toward the 150th, there was a big crescendo and now we're back to our usual company of folks," says Andrea DiMartino, a re-enactment coordinator.

She says between sunny forecasts and the adjustments made by organizers, she's confident the re-enactment will go on without a hitch.

"The fields are much drier and what we've been able to successfully do, since it's smaller numbers, we have dry ground and the Confederate and federal camps have moved up top to the higher areas as well," she adds.

DiMartino says to maintain historical accuracy, the Confederate battle flag will be displayed just as it would have been shown in 1863.

Organizers have also set up a tent for children -- they'll be able to enlist in the Army and get a discharge when they leave.

Despite the changing re-enactment schedule, the Make-A-Wish foundation was able to shift travel plans to allow a child from Alaska to attend this weekend.

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