Pennsylvania: Battle of Gettysburg commemoration

 
 
In this Friday, May 24, 2013 photo, Patrick Peters, portraying a Confederate captain, stands by an artillery piece at a ridge above the field of Pickett's Charge, in Gettysburg, Pa.
In this Friday, May 24, 2013 photo, Patrick Peters, portraying a Confederate captain, stands by an artillery piece at a ridge above the field of Pickett's Charge, in Gettysburg, Pa.
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The commemoration of this year’s milestone anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg will include amenities that soldiers would have relished 150 years ago. A groomed path to the top of Little Round Top. Expanded cellphone coverage. Dozens of portable toilets. The National Park Service and a cadre of community organizers are busily putting the finishing touches on preparations for the commemoration of the pivotal battle of the American Civil War that cemented this small Pennsylvania town’s place in U.S. history. Tens of thousands of visitors are expected for a 10-day schedule of events that begin June 29. Park officials also hope visitors enjoy long-term efforts to restore major parts of the battlefield to how the landscape looked during the battle that took place July 1-3, 1863.

Details: www.gettysburgfoundation.org/101.

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