1. Local

Civil War Reenactments – Gettysburg 2013

Remembering the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg


Civil War Reenactments – Gettysburg 2013 © Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau

During the summer of 2013, Gettysburg will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg with two Civil War reenactments. Thousands of reenactors will come together to depict this important historical event. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is located just 84 miles north of Washington DC and makes a great getaway destination.

The Battle of Gettysburg was the largest battle ever fought in North America with around 165,000 troops taking part and resulting in the largest number of casualties in the Civil War. Confederate General Robert E. Lee moved north in the summer of 1863 to engage Major General Gordon Meade’s Army of the Potomac and destroy it, but failed to do so at Gettysburg. This defeat is often described as the “turning point” of the war and the final battle of Pickett’s Charge is remembered as the “high tide” of the Confederacy.

For information on Gettysburg attractions, tours, annual events and travel resources, see A Visitors Guide to Gettysburg, PA

Reenactment Schedule

  • June 27 - 30, 2013 - Blue Gray Alliance Reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg
    The four-day event will bring together almost every reenacting organization in the country to reenact the major battles of the war including McPherson’s Ridge, East Cemetery Hill, Culp’s Hill, A.P. Hill’s attack, Longstreet’s attack, Little Round Top, Fairfield and East Cavalry Field cavalry battles and Pickett’s Charge. Spectators will also be able to view weapons demonstrations, living history interpretations, fighting through the civilian-only “Town of Gettysburg”, food vendors, sutlers, historical lectures, period music, clothing demonstrations, period church services, and a Civil War Ball as well as other family-friendly activities. Admission: $10 with children 12 and under free. Parking is free. For additional information regarding the 150th Commemoration and Reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg, a Blue Gray Alliance event, visit www.bluegraygettysburg.com.
  • July 4 - 7, 2013 - Gettysburg National Civil War Battle Reenactment
    Gates open each day at 8:30 a.m.
    Soldier and civilian re-enactors will re-create the 1860s, through battles, encampments and demonstrations. Visitors can get an up-close look at cavalry, artillery and the lives that soldiers led during the Civil War. Re-enactment organizers are expecting 15,000 re-enactors, thousands more civilian interpreters, 400 horses and 100 cannons. All Battles are narrated by Gettysburg National Military Park Licensed Battlefield Guides. Musical groups will be performing throughout the weekend.

    Admission: (when purchased in advance – tickets will also be available on-site)
    General Admission is $35 for one day, $60 for two days, $75 for three days, $90 for four Youth Admission (Ages 6- 12) is $15 for one day, $25 for two days, $33 for three days, and $40 for four days. Ages 5 and under are free. Grandstand seating is available for $15 per day.

    For more information, visit www.gettysburgreenactment.com

Gettysburg Hotels

1863 Inn at Gettysburg (formerly Holiday Inn) - (717) 334-6211
America’s Best Value Inn – 717-334-1188 or 800-237-8466
Comfort Suites – (717) 337-2400
Country Inn & Suites – (717) 337-9518
Courtyard by Marriott – (717) 334-5600
Cricket House – (717) 338-0700
Days Inn – (717) 334-0030
Econolodge - (717) 334-6715
Eisenhower Inn & Conference Center – (717) 334-8121 and (800) 776-8349
Farnsworth House – (717) 334-8838
Gaslight Inn – (800) 914-5698
Gettysburg 1797 Best Western – (717) 337-2000
Gettysburg Super 8 Motel – (717) 337-1400
Gettysburg Travel Lodge – (717) 334-9281
Granite Hill Bed & Breakfast – (800) 642-TENT
Hampton Inn – (717) 338-9121
Hilton Garden Inn – (717) 334-2040
Inn at Herr Ridge – (717) 334-4332
James Gettys Hotel – (717) 337-1334
Land of Little Horses Guest House – (717) 334-7631
Larson’s Quality Inn – (717) 334-3141
Lightner Farmhouse – (717) 337-9508
Quality Inn Gettysburg Motor Lodge – (800) 228-5151 or (717) 334-1103
The Brickhouse Inn – (800) 864-3464
The Lodges at Gettysburg - (717) 642-2500 or (877) 607-2442
Tillie Pierce Inn – (855) 874-3723
Wyndham Hotel – (717) 339-0020

As many hotels are filling up for the events, you can call (800) 337-5015 to check on availability around the region.

Read More About Gettysburg Civil War 150th Anniversary Events

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.