During the summer of 2014, Gettysburg will commemorate the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg with two Civil War reenactments. This year’s Civil War re-enactment will be held just three miles from downtown Gettysburg, on the beautiful Yingling Farm, filming site for the Civil War movie, “Gettysburg.” The re-enactment site borders the western edge of Gettysburg National Military Park and overlooks the historic Sachs Covered Bridge which was used by both armies. The site also offers a panoramic view of the Eisenhower Farm as well as Big and Little Round Top. 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
- July 4 - 6, 2014 - Gettysburg National Civil War Battle Reenactment
Gates open each day at 8:30 a.m.
This year’s re-enactment will feature five major battles over the Independence Day weekend. The event will feature all-day living history demonstrations on topics such as camp life, Civil War music, ladies period dress, religion, medicine, signal corps, cooking and interpretive demonstrations. The theme for this year’s Gettysburg Re-enactment is "The Last Great Invasion" with exciting battles on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. First Day action on Friday includes “Just In A Nick Of Time - McPherson Ridge” that will bring infantry, cavalry and artillery into action. Friday also includes a live mortar fire completion at 1 p.m. On Saturday, “Farnsworth Fatal Cavalry Charge” and “A Bloody Harvest - The Wheatfield,” depicts these two epic actions on the eastern and southern ends of the battlefield. The re-enactment concludes on Sunday with cavalry charging and counter-charging during Sunday morning’s “The Heroic Counter Attack” battle, followed by a Cavalry Grand Review, and the extraordinary “High Tide At The Angle - Pickett's Charge” in the afternoon with impacting pyrotechnics and a large cannon barrage.
Admission: (when purchased in advance – tickets will be available at a higher price on-site)
General Admission is $29 for one day, $49 for two days, $69 for three days.
Youth Admission (Ages 6- 12) is $16 for one day, $24 for two days, $29 for three days.
Ages 5 and under are free. Grandstand seating is available at an additional cost.
For more information, visit www.gettysburgreenactment.com
Gettysburg Hotels1863 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
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.
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