Many events are planned to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. For complete listings, visit the Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.gettysburg.travel.
Here's a snapshot of what's planned:
Blue Gray Alliance 150th Gettysburg Re-enactment: Thursday, June 27 to Sunday, June 30 at the Bushey Farm, 1845 Pumping Station Road. For adults, tickets cost $10 per day. Admission is free to children under 12. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The re-enactment battle schedule:
Saturday, June 29: 10 a.m., Hanover Cavalry Battle; and 2 p.m., Battles of Devil's Den, Little Round Top, Wheatfield, Peach Orchard
Sunday, June 30: 10 a.m., East Cavalry Field Cavalry Battle; and 12:30 p.m., Pickett's Charge
Eternal Light Peace Memorial Commemoration: At 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Sons of the Confederate Veterans of the Civil War will lay wreaths commemorating the 1938 reunion and dedication of the Eternal Light Peace Memorial. The event will feature keynote speaker Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo, commandant of the U.S. Army War College. The Old Guard U.S. 3rd Infantry will also participate in the program. Off-site parking and shuttles will be available at Harrisburg Area Community College, 731 Old Harrisburg Road in Gettysburg.
"A New Birth of Freedom" Commemorative Ceremony: Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation will sponsor a ceremony at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 30, on the lawn near Union Gen. George Meade's headquarters that will include music, a keynote address, dramatic readings of eyewitness accounts of the battle and a performance of the national anthem by Trace Adkins. The event will end around 9 p.m. with a procession to Soldiers' National Cemetery.
Opening of the Seminary Ridge Museum: Seminary Ridge Museum will open to the public Monday, July 1. The museum is located on the site of the battle's largest field hospital, on the campus of Gettysburg's Lutheran Theological Seminary, 111 Seminary Ridge. The museum will host living-history events starting at noon on Friday, June 28, including a re-enactment of the skirmish on Seminary Ridge, musical performances and a canon firing to mark the first shot at the Battle of Gettysburg. For more information, visit www.seminaryridgemuseum.org.
Pickett's Charge Commemorative March: Around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, the public is invited to join the march from Seminary Ridge to Cemetery Ridge. Groups will break up into nine Confederate brigades. The park recommends that visitors park their cars at the visitor center and walk to the field near the North Carolina and Virginia memorials. Free shuttle runs will be offered on a limited basis. Those interested in participating from the Union battle line should meet at one of three Park Service tent stations along Cemetery Ridge near Hancock Avenue.
150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Re-enactment, organized by the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee: Thursday, July 4, to Sunday, July 7, at the Redding Farm, 1085 Table Rock Road. Tickets: For people ages 13 and over, $35 for one day, $90 for all four days; ages 6-12, $15 for one day, $40 for four; ages 5 and under free. Grandstand seating is an additional $15 to $60 for spectators of all ages. To purchase tickets and see the complete schedule, visit www.gettysburgreenactment.com.
For more information, email email@example.com or call the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee at (717) 338-1525.
The re-enactment battle schedule:
Thursday, July 4: 11 a.m., "The Devils to Pay" first day struggle, Willoughby Run; and 6 p.m. "Crossroads of Destiny," Federal & Confederate troops pour into battle on the first day.
Friday, July 5: 11 a.m. "Springing the Trap," Cavalry Battle at Hunterstown; and 6 p.m. "A Bloody Harvest," ferocious fighting in the Wheatfield.
Saturday, July 6: 11 a.m. Cavalry Battle: "We Have No Time," Gen. J.E.B. Stuart arrives on the battlefield; 1 p.m. "Hold the Line," a rally at the Klingle Farm; and at 6 p.m. "Thundering Hell," defending East Cemetery Hill.
Sunday, July 7: 11 a.m. "Come On You Wolverines," battle at East Cavalry Field; and 3:30 p.m. "The High Water Mark," Pickett's Charge.