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Series Entry: Gettysburg 150 years later

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | Jan 18, 2014 1:51 PM

(Gettysburg) -- 2013 marked the 150th commemoration of the one of the most famous battles in history, the battle of Gettysburg. The clash between Union and Confederate troops during the Civil War was the largest battle ever fought in North America.

In a four-part series, witf looked at the history of the Gettysburg National Military Park, efforts to find new ways to tell it's story and how the fight continues over how it will be preserved and remembered.

Story 1:

Three days of fighting on the rolling hills of Gettysburg, in July 1863, resulted in 51,000 casualties in what many historians call the turning point of the Civil War.

150 years later, work is underway to ensure the hallowed ground looks nearly identical to how it was when Union and Confederate troops met in those fields.

But witf's Matt Paul reports Gettysburg National Military Park has undergone many changes since the famed battle.

Story 2:

With the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg taking place this year, how does a filmmaker go about making the story of Gettysburg new again? 

One way is to go to the folks at the Gettysburg National Park and say, "I had an idea for a film to use helicopters...and also potentially to use this new technology of an RC aerial drone helicopter with a camera."

witf's Joe Ulrich has more on how the new documentary "The Gettysburg Story" got its start.

Story 3:

On the 150th commemoration of the battle of Gettysburg. While it's widely known as the critical turning point of the Civil War, the small borough in Adams County has seen many other battles since then — over how the historic site should be preserved and remembered. witf's Marie Cusick reports.

Story 4:

Think you know the battle of Gettysburg pretty well? Don't try to stump a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide. witf's Joe Ulrich introduces us to Christina Moon, one of only 15 women who work as a licensed guide.

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