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Gettysburg National Military Park Encampment
Pictures taken June 28, 1998 at the 135th Reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg.

 

 

Stevie blank1.gif (49 bytes) The world's #1 fan of reenactors and reenactments, Miss Stephanie Dick, poses with officers of the 20th Maine at the encampment. The 20th has been credited with saving the day, July 2nd 1863, when they successfully defended Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg.

Commanded by the now famous Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, the 20th Maine stood off repeated Confederate assaults. They helped counter the southern attempt to puncture the Union Line along Cemetery Ridge. The drummer, seen here portrayed by a young boy, was an essential component of the civil War unit.

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emcampment These dedicated men who choose living history as their hobby, have done painstaking research to experience for themselves (as well as want to educate others) the life of a Civil War Soldier. Their uniform, weapon, equipment and "persona" are authentic in detail wherever possible. Many have personal ancestors who were in the war.

Here the unit demonstrates their drills for the crowd of onlookers. They exhibit how they march in order and load and fire their weapons. The commanders tell how a Civil War soldier had to have front teeth to qualify for the army as they have to bite and tear open their black powder cartridges to load their rifle.

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silhouette This annual encampment on the actual battlefield kicks off the yearly observance of the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Some of the bravest and most daring exploits of the Civil War took place here. Gettysburg.com thanks the reenactors who give of their time and resources to help other Americans (and all people) learn of our ancestor's bravery and courage and to help appreciate the sacrifices that they then made for the freedoms that we now have.

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