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Gettysburg readies for 150th anniversary of battle
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Posted on 05/26/2013 10:26:40 PM PDT by Java4Jay

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To: Colonel_Flagg; Little Bill

51 posted on 05/27/2013 3:39:18 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Telling the truth about RINOS, PAULTARDS, Liberals and Muslims has become hate speech)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

will do for sure and I’ll be taking the video camera, this is a once in a life time chance and one on by bucket list


52 posted on 05/27/2013 4:52:49 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

we saw that but by the time we got to it last time we were there but it was getting dark and I must also say the town is also beautiful at Christmas night, just like a Charles Dickens postcard.


53 posted on 05/27/2013 4:55:02 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: RaceBannon

17th Connecticut Monument on Barlow’s Knoll. Very nice.


54 posted on 05/27/2013 5:04:51 PM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: RaceBannon

My ancestor who died in the camp, Private Brennan Treadwell, died during a diphtheria outbreak in August 1864, which claimed the lives of over a thousand men in less than two weeks time.


55 posted on 05/27/2013 5:05:31 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: manc

Gettysburg town is wonderful. The section by the roundabout is especially attractive, at least to me.


56 posted on 05/27/2013 5:34:27 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

agreed, we passed through at night at Christmas and went round that round about and it was postcard perfect.


57 posted on 05/27/2013 7:22:55 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: EternalVigilance

I attended a memorial service at our states national cemetery today. One of the speakers invoked those words. It was a very moving event.


58 posted on 05/27/2013 7:42:51 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: rockrr

Outstanding.


59 posted on 05/27/2013 8:38:05 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ('He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that they cannot carry out their plans.' -- Job 5:12)
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To: X Fretensis

I submit that today’s re-enactors tend to be a bit more pudgy than the average Civil War soldier.

They tend to look more like Grant’s Chief of Engineers at Vicksburg, who asked relief from the order to visit the front lines daily, unless they needed him as a ‘sap roller’.


60 posted on 05/27/2013 10:55:22 PM PDT by donmeaker (Blunderbuss: A short weapon, ... now superceded in civilized countries by more advanced weaponry.)
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To: Rebelbase
Gettysburg is not an easy place to visit for all of the crowds during a normal summer day. We've been three times, doing a day of the battle each time.

November was very mellow with lots of time to talk and learn from the reenactors.

May was nice, but the crowds were just beginning to thicken.

July, we'll never do again because the crowds, though generally well behaved, were just too thick to get that feeling of hallowed ground we had so enjoyed in our two previous visits. The cyclorama, which had just returned, was especially difficult to fully appreciate the way crowds were being moved in and out.

61 posted on 05/28/2013 6:43:08 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: RaceBannon
Northwest. First day of the battle.

People forget that Lee's army approached from the north and the west. The Southern invasion of Pennsylvania lasted about a month and ended the last day of Gettysburg.

June 1863 was a very interesting chapter in the war's history as Lee's army met very little resistance for two reasons:

  1. Everyone knew his ultimate target was Washington, D.C. and the Union Army marshaled everything to protect it rather than resist Lee's advance.

  2. Lee's army, for the most part, behaved like gentlemen. There was no looting or burning of Pennsylvania farms and towns. They paid or traded for everything they took. Thus, there was little popular resistance. Quite a contrast to Sherman's army marching through Georgia.

62 posted on 05/28/2013 6:52:34 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

could you give me some hints , maybe via private message please as we are going this summer and would love to get as many tips as possible to have a safe and easier trip.


63 posted on 05/28/2013 8:08:13 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: manc
That's probably a good question for all Freepers who have been on multiple visits to Gettysburg. Here's a few:
  1. Weekdays and early mornings are always better than weekends and afternoons, especially in the summertime.
  2. Some of the guides are very, very good but your random reenactor is still better than your average government/park service guide.
  3. Try to brown bag or take a cooler as much as possible. There is nothing worse than really getting into a site and having one or more of your group getting an attack by the hungry monster. Not that there is a shortage of places to eat around Gettysburg, but because they are all going to be crowded and you will lose your flow.
  4. Plan on a minimum of three days or three visits; one day for each day of the battle.
  5. The central visitors center (and cyclorama) is a great place to start, but be an early bird since the crowds thicken as the day wears on.
  6. Most of the sites for the first day of the battle (northwest of town) are also the least competitive in terms of crowds and parking. Save them for the thickest part of the day.
  7. Be prepared to hike for the sites on the south side of town, especially. These cover the second day of the battle, Devil's Den, Little Round Top, etc. A good pair of walking shoes or boots is a must. If you have people in your party who can't handle the hike, put them on one of the parking/observation points where they can at least get a good view of the battlefield while the rest of you do.
  8. Don't think you have to stay right in Gettysburg. There are a lot of nice, quaint nearby towns offering a variety of accommodations.
  9. Don't be diverted by the cornucopia of souvenir and other shops, satellite and private museums. Most of them remain open after the battle field sites close and, if there is really anything worthwhile, a good guidebook such as the one published by AAA will help you winnow what's really important for your group.
  10. Get up early and have a big breakfast, even if you aren't used to eating breakfasts. This will keep you and your group going like the Energizer bunny when the rest of the crowd has to start retreating for lunch.

64 posted on 05/28/2013 8:50:36 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: prisoner6

an invitation has been extended to President Barack Obama to attend November’s event.

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Ewww. Just when I was toying with the idea of attending. No, thanks.


65 posted on 05/28/2013 9:10:03 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: 0.E.O

Thank you so much for posting that Lincoln quote. I do not think I have ever read it before. Takes on so much meaning now....


66 posted on 05/28/2013 9:14:42 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: Little Bill
Chickamauga is my favorite battlefield. I think it is
in pretty much the same shape as it was at the time of
the battle.

14th Corps. Army of the Cumberland

Mike

67 posted on 05/28/2013 9:43:10 AM PDT by doublecansiter (without cartridge, load in nine times, LOAD!)
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To: Java4Jay

BTTT


68 posted on 05/29/2013 1:56:40 AM PDT by mcmuffin (Freedom's On The March - Wave Goodbye!)
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To: Vigilanteman

I once took a took a bus tour with an independent guide who was steeped in the history of the events of the day. He told us that the Confederate troops who assaulted Little Round Top in the afternoon of the second day (Alabama) had marched all the previous day and night to get to Gettysburg without WATER. When they arrived on scene they were ordered into position for a late afternoon assault on the hill and still no water. One can only imagine the suffering, especially among the wounded. July 2, wool pants and jackets, they came to fight, and fight they did. These were the troops that faced off the 20th Maine on the backside of Little Round Top.


69 posted on 05/29/2013 3:02:56 AM PDT by MountainYankee
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To: Java4Jay; P.O.E.
"War of Northern Aggression" Ping!     ;^)
70 posted on 05/29/2013 11:50:05 AM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Vigilanteman; fatima; Fresh Wind; st.eqed; xsmommy; House Atreides; Nowhere Man; South Hawthorne; ..
PA Ping!

If you see posts of interest to Pennsylvanians, please ping me.

Thanks!

Thanks brityank for the heads up

71 posted on 05/29/2013 6:20:21 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: 0.E.O

Let us do that without throwing the constitution to the wind. Lincoln, while good intentioned, was willing to throw away established constitution rights for his narrow-minded and rather unpopular view of State’s rights. Since that time it has been down hill for our nation. All you need to do is look at any major American city to see the results.


72 posted on 05/29/2013 6:32:33 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: BillyBoy

I wonder what the Union/Confederate breakdown is on this thread.


73 posted on 05/29/2013 9:26:35 PM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: donmeaker

agreed. Looking at the rebs in the Picketts charge scene from the movie Gettysburg; lot of them do not fit the lean mean fighting machine image of real Confederate soldiers. Of course there were some stout folks during the war. Generals Rufus Ingals and George H. Thomas come to mind.


74 posted on 05/30/2013 3:48:27 AM PDT by X Fretensis
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To: EternalVigilance
Dear Lord....has this generation let down the founding fathers....they sacrificed all for individual liberty....and now....it is sold to the highest bidder...

Just sad...
75 posted on 05/30/2013 4:12:08 AM PDT by PigRigger (Donate to http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org - The Troops have our front covered, let's guard their backs!)
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To: ConservativeInPA
Lincoln, while good intentioned, was willing to throw away established constitution rights for his narrow-minded and rather unpopular view of State’s rights

Can you be more specific?

76 posted on 05/30/2013 4:33:24 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: EternalVigilance
that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom

Exactly what this nation needs right now.

77 posted on 05/30/2013 4:44:46 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: X Fretensis

To be fair, one would have to slim down like Val Kilmer did for his role as Doc Holiday to look the part.

One reason why Lee went north was the failure of the insurrection commissary. Grant’s campaign in Tennessee deprived the insurrection of pork, a major source of protein. In response to that, the insurrection authorities directed that poultry be grown locally. That opened the south up to deep penetration raids like Grierson, Grant’s flanking of Vicksburg and attack on Jackson, MS, and Sherman’s march to the sea.

Lee’s men were slowly starving. It would be tough to demand that of modern re-enactors.


78 posted on 05/30/2013 9:15:29 AM PDT by donmeaker (Blunderbuss: A short weapon, ... now superceded in civilized countries by more advanced weaponry.)
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To: ConservativeInPA

Actually the US after elimination of slavery was uphill for a long time, at least until the creation of the federal reserve in 1913.

The US growth rates in the 1870s, 1880s were very very high. Reconstruction was in many ways a time of good government for the south.


79 posted on 05/30/2013 9:18:58 AM PDT by donmeaker (Blunderbuss: A short weapon, ... now superceded in civilized countries by more advanced weaponry.)
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