Gettysburg Battle Re-enactment

July 01, 1998|By KATE COLEMAN

In his famous November 1863 speech dedicating a portion of the Gettysburg, Pa., battlefield as a cemetery for those who lost their lives there, Abraham Lincoln incorrectly noted that the world would not long remember the words spoken that day.

But he was right when when he said that the world can never forget what those men did.

--cont from lifestlye--

The world will be reminded this weekend at the 135th Anniversary Gettysburg Battle Re-enactment at a site a few miles southwest of the spot where Lincoln spoke. Several of the famous battles of what is considered a turning point in the Civil War will be re-created, including a full-scale Pickett's Charge. The event is expected to be the largest gathering of "Blue and Gray" since the Civil War. There will be artillery and cavalry demonstrations, civilian programs, including talks on fashion of the period, a temperance rally and sutlers who will sell 19th-century wares.


A troop of volunteers has spent the last month building roads, cutting wood and readying the 400-acre Bushey farm and an additional 600 adjoining acres of land for an expected 15,000 re-enactors and 35,000 spectators Friday, July 3, through Sunday, July 5. The site is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

"We're trying to fight the Battle Gettysburg," said Don Warlick, site manager and re-enactor coordinator for the event. He warned that spectators should not be disappointed that they won't be able to see the whole battle from one spot at all times. Re-enactors will re-create the action as close to the way it happened as possible.

Part of the realism means that spectators should wear comfortable shoes for walking long distances. Light-colored clothing, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended. Young children may be frightened by the loud noise of battle. Parents should prepare them ahead of time and should sit in the center of the spectator area, away from the artillery. Cotton in the ears can help dull the noise.

For information, call the 24-hour information number, 1-908-903-1064, or visit the Web site at


Adult prices are for persons ages 13 and older; youth prices are for persons ages 6 through 12; children younger than 6 are admitted free.

* One-day ticket: $14 adult; $10 youth
* Two-day ticket: $24 adult; $18 youth
* Three-day ticket: $35 adult; $24 youth

Tickets can be purchased with major credit cards by phone, at 1-800-928-1863 or 1-717-337-9483, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. These numbers are for tickets only. The 24-hour information number is 1-908-903-1064.

Tickets will not be mailed to purchasers but can be picked up at on-site information booths during the event.

A limited amount of unreserved bleacher seating is available at an additional charge of $5 per person per day.

Parking costs $5 per vehicle.

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