Commemorating a turning point

Battlefield is site of historic re-enactment

Battlefield is site of historic re-enactment

August 07, 2003|by ANDREA ROWLAND

The thunder of cannons will echo across the fields of the Redding Farm in Gettysburg, Pa., this weekend during a three-day event to commemorate the 140th anniversary of the turning point in the American Civil War.

The private farm on Table Rock Road will be the site of the Gettysburg Battle Re-enactment on Friday, Aug. 8, through Sunday, Aug. 10. The sponsoring Gettysburg Anniversary Committee is billing the event as the largest Civil War re-enactment of the decade.

More than 15,000 Civil War re-enactors, 100 cannons and hundreds of horses will bring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's northernmost advance to life during at least two battle re-enactments per day. The event also will feature period music, a variety of living history and artillery demonstrations and lectures on topics ranging from Civil War medicine to generals of the Confederate and Union armies.


More than 100 sutlers from throughout the United States will sell original and reproduction clothing, jewelry, camp gear, music, books, weaponry and other merchandise. Food and beverages also will be sold.

The heavy rainfall that saturated the Tri-State area earlier this year prompted the postponement of the re-enactment, which was originally scheduled for three days beginning July 4 - closer to the actual date of the Battle of Gettysburg.

More than 51,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or captured during the largest battle of the war, which started on July 1, 1863, and ended two days later with Pickett's Charge. The battle marked a pivotal victory for the Union Army of the Potomac, which turned back the second northern invasion by Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.

If you go...

140th anniversary Gettysburg Battle Re-enactment

The Redding Farm on Table Rock Road in Gettysburg, Pa. Follow signs for spectator parking.

For directions and event schedule, visit the Gettysburg Battle Re-enactment Web site at

-- Friday, Aug. 8.

8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

-- Saturday, Aug. 9

8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

-- Sunday, Aug. 10

8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Advance tickets for adults cost $20 for one day, $35 for two days and $48 for three days. Advance tickets for children ages 6 to 12 cost $10 for one day, $18 for two days and $24 for three days. Children younger than 6 are free.

Advance grandstand tickets cost $8 per person per day. Seating is limited.

Tickets can be ordered online or by calling 1-717-338-1525.

At the gate, one-day tickets cost $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 6 to 12.

Tickets are nonrefundable, and the event will be held weather permitting.

No parcels, backpacks, bags or coolers will be allowed through the event gates. Pets, alcoholic beverages and glass containers also are prohibited.

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