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Gettysburg reenactment is a campaign in itself
Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 06/30/2013 | Edward Colimore

Posted on 06/30/2013 2:43:24 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen

The armies are already beginning to arrive, days ahead of the big battle. Tucked away in the rolling Adams County countryside are rows of billowy white tents. Men in blue and in gray march with shouldered muskets. Officers on horseback ride by with sabers jingling at their sides. One hundred and fifty years after the bloodiest clash ever fought on the continent, Union and Confederate forces are again gathering like storm clouds around tiny Gettysburg, this time for a bloodless re-creation of the epic battle fought there.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: anniversary; dixie; gettysburg; militaryhistory

1 posted on 06/30/2013 2:43:24 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen
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To: Kid Shelleen

I went to the 135th. from Boston.
On a Harley.

I had purchased tickets, but I couldn’t even get NEAR the place of the reenactment due to the traffic.

So I went to Gettysburg town, got on an air conditioned tour bus and had a wonderful tour of the entire area.

Just me (Biker babe) and a busload of blue haired tourists! LOL!


3 posted on 06/30/2013 2:49:58 PM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: left that other site
The movie Gettysburg is available on You Tube in it's entirety. Watched it again last week, and it's the quickest 4 1/2 hours that you will ever spend.

Gettysburg Full Version

5 posted on 06/30/2013 2:55:54 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: left that other site

Can you imagine wearing those uniforms and carrying all their gear and marching in this kinda weather? And then to immediately plunge into battle?


6 posted on 06/30/2013 2:57:29 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Sounds like it’s gonna be a great time.

I will be out of town and so will miss the reenactment, but Gettysburg is one of those places people should visit before they die.

Belongs on your bucket list.


10 posted on 06/30/2013 3:05:01 PM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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Knock it off


12 posted on 06/30/2013 3:09:23 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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I went to the site a few years ago.....Standing at the site of Pickett’s charge and death marker, I had the strangest feelings come over me...My wife and I looked at each other and started talking about what we felt and could hear inside our heads...We both could actually “sense” the battles...sounds...shots...death...
The hair stands on my arms even today when I remember these feelings...
I am a Vietnam veteran, but I have never experienced anything like I felt at Gettysburg that day.....


13 posted on 06/30/2013 3:13:14 PM PDT by JW1949
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To: JW1949

Michael Medved when young was hitchhiking around with a friend. They illegally camped in Gettysburg for a night. During the early morning hours before the dawn, both he and his friend saw apparitions...men marching. He’s talked about it on the radio and in his book, Right Turns.


14 posted on 06/30/2013 3:22:17 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Kid Shelleen

Mr. M and I went to a re-enactment of Cedar Creek and Sheridan’s Ride in 2000. Wonderful.


15 posted on 06/30/2013 3:27:26 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: beaversmom
I don't beleive in ghosts, and can't vouch for the authenticity, but this is a pretty spooky video from someone taken at Gettysburg on You Tube.

Gettysburg Ghosts?

16 posted on 06/30/2013 3:35:27 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: catfish1957

Thanks...looking forward to watching. I don’t think Michael Medved believed in ghosts either. ;)


17 posted on 06/30/2013 3:37:36 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: catfish1957

You know, I think I’ve actually seen that. Don’t know if it was on a program or while I was looking for something else. Thank you for sharing.


18 posted on 06/30/2013 3:39:11 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: catfish1957

Yes...I love that movie. The Soundtrack is terrific too.


19 posted on 06/30/2013 3:42:26 PM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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I will be there! Looking forward to spending a week in Gettysburg.


20 posted on 06/30/2013 3:43:11 PM PDT by OCMike
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To: rockrr

I was sweltering in a T-Shirt! LOL!


21 posted on 06/30/2013 3:43:15 PM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: left that other site

YouTube will stream the movie and yet Netflix won’t - even though I pay Netflix $10 a month and nothing to YouTube. Does this make sense at all?


22 posted on 06/30/2013 3:52:17 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: JW1949

Hail the 20th Maine!


23 posted on 06/30/2013 3:54:11 PM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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To: Kid Shelleen
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Posts about the Northern War of Aggression? BTW, folks around my parts of PA (Gettysburg is just down the road) were on the side of the south.)

If you are interested in a really different perspective of what the North was like, read the series of articles from the Patriot News on When the Patriot News was the the Patriot and Union News The paper today and then was based in Harrisburg, PA. Sometimes things are not as simple as the history books. Too bad the Patriot News has become a socialist rag.

24 posted on 06/30/2013 3:59:26 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: JW1949

Oh, I had that happen in Savannah GA! I was on a trolly “ghost tour” and I heard the most horrific shrieking and wailing sounds - raising and falling in layers - on and on. I asked my husband if he “heard that”? He didn’t and no one else seemed to notice anything either.

It was ... disturbing as hell.


25 posted on 06/30/2013 4:30:20 PM PDT by Ladysforest
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To: WellyP
20th Maine. Isn't that the one commanded by Lt.Col Chamberlain??He went on into many battles. was severely wounded, he was later promoted to Brig General, and was selected to receive Robert E Lee's sword at The Court House.\In the battle of Gettysburg, he and the 20Th Main were assigned to defend “The Little Round Top”. After running out of ammunition, the Lt.Col ordered a charge with bayonets only, and the Rebs became so disorganized at the sight of these men coming over the top that the Rebs” took to retreat
26 posted on 06/30/2013 4:31:53 PM PDT by BooBoo1000 (Behind every successful man is and amazed Mother In Law.)
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To: BooBoo1000
All hail the 20th Maine
27 posted on 06/30/2013 4:35:25 PM PDT by BooBoo1000 (Behind every successful man is and amazed Mother In Law.)
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To: OCMike

Lucky you!

I started watching the reservation site for my “preferred” B&B FOURTEEN MONTHS ago because they refused to take a reservation more than one year out.

Every day I checked it. I was going to book the four days prior to the big day, and a couple of days after - roughly a full week. Horribly expensive due to the in-season rates and “special” reenactment. We wanted to go so badly that we were going to sacrifice to do so. (We have been to Gettysburg about four times in the past seven years)

Well, on the day before + one year that I wanted to reserve the thing, BLAMO! Some one else booked it for ten days. I am STILL pissed and disappointed.


28 posted on 06/30/2013 4:46:45 PM PDT by Ladysforest
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To: catfish1957; JW1949

From Michael Medved’s book Right Turns about his ghostly encounter at Gettysburg:

On another occasion, I impulsively hitchhiked to western Pennsylvania with a lovesick fellow freshman who wanted to visit his girlfriend near Pittsburgh; along the way, we slept on the battlefield of Gettysburg. A farmer in the vicinity had dropped us off on a dark, lonely road (Highway 15) after eleven at night. We walked more than two miles across fields and pastures to the border of the Gettysburg National Military Park, looking for a place to camp for the night. Only briefly discouraged by the elaborate fencing and numerous signs that ordered “No Trespassing” and “No Camping, we clambered through the wooden rail and barbed-wire barriers that protected the federal land and what Lincoln had called “this hallowed ground,” On a chill, hushed, moonless November night, we marched over the famous battlefield, climbing up behind the key Federal position of Little Round Top where so many determined Confederates lost their lives. In fact, more than fifteen thousand young Americans on both sides were reported killed or missing, with nearly fifty thousand total casualties in the three-day battle—a fact I foolishly recalled to my already queasy pal as we tramped along Cemetery Ridge. We began to sense shadowy, larger-than-life military figures looming out of the misty night on all sides of us—part of the statuary on the monuments to the various regiments and states who participated in the great struggle in 1863. “This is creepy. It’s horrible,” my friend said with a shiver. “We shouldn’t be here at all.”

He was right, of course, but I argued that at this point we had no choice but to throw down our sleeping bags and try to pass the time till dawn. We tramped over damp, frosty grass to within sight of the Pennsylvania Memorial—a huge, four-story Victorian monstrosity with cannon and sentry statues, multiple columns, soaring arches, and a dome, all of which seemed to offer some sense of protection or reassurance. Nevertheless, sleep remained completely out of the question as we exchanged hushed, frightened words with the sleeping bags drawn up to our eyes. The noises we heard all night could connect to rational explanations—birds, owls, foxes, raccoons, deer, or other creatures that might normally wander through open country. The visual shocks made far less sense, however: about 4 a.m., shivering and shuddering and trying to catch some sleep, we both suddenly sensed moving figures not more than thirty yards away. “Do you hear that?” I hissed, grabbing his arm. My friend pulled his head deep into the sleeping bag and tried to cover his ears, but I propped myself up on my elbows, peering through the darkness and felt my blood race when I saw a small squadron of uniformed figures—perhaps eight of them, not more than a dozen—carrying weapons and running at full tilt along the ridge. They looked gray and shadowy, but notably lighter (almost illuminated, in fact) than the gloomy mist behind them, before they careened out of view in about six seconds.

Of course, Civil War reenactors love the battlefield at Gettysburg, and their costumes and equipment often look chillingly authentic. But why would a group of modern-day history buffs and weekend warriors suddenly turn up at four in the morning, running away from the Pennsylvania Memorial and disappearing into the silence within seconds? We remained too terrified to talk and waited through the excruciating minutes until the dawn—which was announced ahead of time by the mournful lowing of some cows that must have been let of of their barn by a farmer behind the ridge. At first light we jumped up, threw together our packs, and ran in panic from the haunted battlefield.

Though I never shivered through any further ghostly visitations, I continued to spend the great majority of my free time on sporadic, largely unplanned voyages of discovery and exploration.


29 posted on 06/30/2013 4:47:28 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: BooBoo1000

Mmmm, Chamberlain...
(inside joke)

30 posted on 06/30/2013 4:51:29 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Kid Shelleen
On my way home from a work trip on Friday I made a detour to Gettysburg. I only meant to drive through, but ended up spending a couple of hours. The re-enactors were starting to pour in, and it was certainly interesting seeing the blue and gray mingling on the site of Pickett's charge, in the Devil's Den, etc. It was hot as blazes and there were thunderstorms, and I could imagine how the weather must have been just like that 150 years ago.

A few years ago we went with the family and hired a guide to drive us around the battlefield. I recommend that highly. We also took a ghost tour, and though I am a skeptic, we had an experience that shook me up a bit.
31 posted on 06/30/2013 4:56:02 PM PDT by drjimmy
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To: beaversmom

I’ll believe in ghosts when I see one, and I’m really not an over-imaginative fellow, but I have to tell you that the Little Bighorn is exactly like that. I honestly believe that if someone parachuted me in with a blindfold on I’d still be thinking that something happened here. My late uncle, a major Civil War buff, told me that there are several places like that: Gettysburg, of course, and Antietam and Shiloh. Maybe when I retire I’ll buy a camper as he did and see them firsthand.


32 posted on 06/30/2013 4:56:35 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

I think you could very well be right BtB! Thanks for sharing.


33 posted on 06/30/2013 5:00:44 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: SamAdams76

No sense at all!


34 posted on 06/30/2013 5:26:20 PM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: Kid Shelleen

The OldPossum participated as a re-enactor (from Virginia, naturally) in the 125th anniversary Battle of Gettysburg.

Mrs. OldPossum also was there, as a wife of one of the soldiers. She even made her own period dress and found a pair of ladies shoes that were “correct,” both of which had to be okayed by a committee, so they looked authentic).

I’ll never forget how it felt to be re-enacting Pickett’s Charge. Facing the Yankee cannon and musket fire was deafening.

It was a wonderful experience.


35 posted on 06/30/2013 5:28:16 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: beaversmom

I’m in awe of Chamberlain. One of the greatest Americans this country has ever produced. Every school child should know his name and story.


36 posted on 06/30/2013 6:04:04 PM PDT by STJPII
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To: rockrr

The CSA foot soldiers were often lacking shoes. So in July, not so bad heat wise, especially if they were wearing the usual homespun cloth dyed with butternut (a sort of canvas coloring). The men from Johnson Pettigrew’s (a North Carolinian young scholar, linguist and true genius, wiki him— a terrible loss in the retreat)one of Hill’s brigades, went into Gettysburg looking for shoes.

It was then they encountered Union cavalry (advance) of John Buford and skirmished. If they had done as ordered and pulled back, and concentrated in Cashtown (higher up) 8 miles west-— the ground would have required the Union to come to them. It didn’t happen that way and a whole lot else.
The Union soldiers definitely suffered in the heat with well supplied woolen uniforms/tunics and boots. And, lot’s more ammo, too.


37 posted on 06/30/2013 8:25:42 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: WellyP

Classic of warfare, taught at the Point. “Re-fusing the line and pivoting as on a hinge sweeping downhill” and they were near to out of ammo. A bayonet charge.


38 posted on 06/30/2013 8:27:24 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: beaversmom

Gettysburg is full of ghosts. Many un-placed souls from rapid violent death with little time for blessing. Same is true in Spotsylvania in the Bloody Angle. The depression in the field where thousands of Union soldiers hunkered and died— many report ghosts.

And at Shiloh— no question— they wander the woods of an evening.

There is a middle dimension- where many believe the soul gets trapped.


39 posted on 06/30/2013 8:31:01 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: STJPII

I’m in awe of Chamberlain. One of the greatest Americans this country has ever produced. Every school child should know his name and story.


Concur..awarded the Medal Of Honor for actions on Little Round Top..Suggest you read, “In The Hands Of Providence”, the story of Josha Chamberlain and the Civil War..Excellent.


40 posted on 06/30/2013 8:52:25 PM PDT by AFret. ("Charlie don't surf ! ")
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To: John S Mosby

I’ve read of Pettigrew. He was a courageous fighter and a tough SOB.


41 posted on 06/30/2013 9:03:59 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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