In three early July days in 1863, Gettysburg, Pa., was the stage for the largest Civil War battle. Between July 1 and 3, more than 51,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or captured as Union soldiers defeated troops under the command of Gen. Robert E. Lee.
From Friday, July 5, through Sunday, July 7, Gettysburg will once again teem with combatants - re-enactors bringing to life the battle during the 139th anniversary of the bloodiest battle of the War between the States.
But the re-enactment is but one segment of more than a week's worth of activities. During the 20th Annual Gettysburg Civil War Heritage Days, Friday, June 28, through July 7, visitors to the Pennsylvania town will see battles waged, historical encampments, listen to Civil War-era music and lectures, and step backward in time to a turning point in America's history.
Throughout Civil War Heritage Days, Gettysburg National Military Park will host a series of free guided walks and lectures in conjunction with the 139th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.