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RST: Gettysburg 150 Day One July1, 1863

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 29, 2013 12:48 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Monday, July 1:

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The Lutheran Seminary in 1863

The Battle of Gettysburg began on the morning of July 1, 1863 near Chambersburg Pike when Union Lt. Marcellus Jones of the 8th Illinois Calvary fired his carbine rifle at Confederate movement.  The most significant battle of the Civil War and indeed the largest on North American soil had begun.

Union Gen. John Buford climbed to the cupola of the nearby Lutheran Seminary to survey the battlefield and direct the first orders to hold off the Confederate advance until reinforcements arrived.

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Gen. Buford's view from the cupola as it looks today

One-hundred-fifty years later to the day, the Seminary Ridge Museum opens in what was Schmucker Hall of the Lutheran Seminary.  The cupola Buford used to see the Rebel troops is now open to the public.

Radio Smart Talk begins its three-day coverage of Gettysburg 150 with a live broadcast from the Seminary Ridge Museum within sight of where the first shots of the battle were fired.

Appearing on the program will be Barbara Franco, Founding Executive Director, Seminary Ridge Museum, Ben Neely, Executive Director of the Adams County Historical Society, and Pat Anschuetz, American Stories Historic Walking Tours.

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The Lutheran Seminary is now the Seminary Ridge Museum

Below is a slideshow of scenes captured during the live broadcast in Gettysburg.

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