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Re-enactors in Gettysburg answer call for big events like 150th anniversary

Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Civil War reenactors representing the 6th New Hampshire Infantry Company sneak a look at spectators while in line at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park during the Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, on Monday, July 1, 1863. The three-day anniversary runs from July1-3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Civil War reenactors representing the 6th New Hampshire Infantry Company sneak a look at spectators while in line at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park during the Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, on Monday, July 1, 1863. The three-day anniversary runs from July1-3, 2013.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Confederate re-enactors tend to a wounded soldier at the Blue-Gray Alliance Re-enactment of Pickett's Charge at Bushey Farm outside Gettysburg during the Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The reenactment occurred Sunday, July 30, 2013. The three day anniversary of the battle is taking place July 1-3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Confederate re-enactors tend to a wounded soldier at the Blue-Gray Alliance Re-enactment of Pickett's Charge at Bushey Farm outside Gettysburg during the Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The reenactment occurred Sunday, July 30, 2013. The three day anniversary of the battle is taking place July 1-3, 2013.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Confederate re-enactors retreat from the Union Army at the Blue-Gray Alliance re-enactment of Pickett's Charge at Bushey Farm outside Gettysburg during the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Confederate re-enactors retreat from the Union Army at the Blue-Gray Alliance re-enactment of Pickett's Charge at Bushey Farm outside Gettysburg during the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Civil War re-enactors, John Panetta (left) of Hampstead, N.H., Eric Mueller (right) of Kailua, Hawaii and Adam Lipka of Wahaiwa, Hawaii, laugh by candlelight at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument on the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park during 150th Anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg on Monday, July 1, 2013. The battle, considered the turning point of the Civil War, occurred July 1-3, 1863.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Civil War re-enactors, John Panetta (left) of Hampstead, N.H., Eric Mueller (right) of Kailua, Hawaii and Adam Lipka of Wahaiwa, Hawaii,  laugh by candlelight at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument on the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park during 150th Anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg on Monday, July 1, 2013. The battle, considered the turning point of the Civil War, occurred July 1-3, 1863.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - A re-enactors representing soldiers from the Confederate Military Forces practice maneuvers at the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park during the Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The Battle of Gettysburg, considered the turning point of the Civil War, occurred July 1-3, 1863.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>A re-enactors representing soldiers from the Confederate Military Forces practice maneuvers at the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park during the Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The Battle of Gettysburg, considered the turning point of the Civil War, occurred July 1-3, 1863.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Charlie Childs, 61 of Paris, Ohio, and representing a soldier from the Confederate States of America talks about the importance of authentic Civil War dress while at the Confederate encampment near the Gettysburg National Military Park. The talk was part of activities on the battlefield commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The battle occurred July 1-3, 1863.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Charlie Childs, 61 of Paris, Ohio, and representing a soldier from the Confederate States of America talks about the importance of authentic Civil War dress while at the Confederate encampment near the Gettysburg National Military Park. The talk was part of activities on the battlefield commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The battle occurred July 1-3, 1863.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Re-enactors representing soldiers from the Confederate States of America practice maneuvers at the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park during the Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The battle, considered the turning point in the Civil War, occurred July 1-3, 1863.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Re-enactors representing soldiers from the Confederate States of America practice maneuvers at the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park during the Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The battle, considered the turning point in the Civil War, occurred July 1-3, 1863.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Living History re-enactor, Heather Curley of Independence, Beaver County, talks with soldiers representing the Confederate States of America at the Confederate encampment near the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park. Curley participated in activities commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The three-day anniversary runs from July 1-3.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Living History re-enactor, Heather Curley of Independence, Beaver County, talks with soldiers representing the Confederate States of America at the Confederate encampment near the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park. Curley participated in activities commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The three-day anniversary runs from July  1-3.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Civil War re-enactor, John Tadlery representing the 116th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry sleeps with his feet sticking out his tent at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument on the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park. Tadlery and his reenactment group participated in the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, on Monday, July 1, 2013. The three day commemoration ran from July 1-3.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Civil War re-enactor, John Tadlery representing the 116th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry sleeps with his feet sticking out his tent at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument on the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park. Tadlery and his reenactment group participated in the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, on Monday, July 1, 2013. The three day commemoration ran from July 1-3.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Danny Chastanet of Chesapeake, Va., and representing a soldier with the Confederate army cleans his authentic 1853 Enfield rifle at the Confederate encampment near the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park. Chastanet took part in activities commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The three-day commemoration on the battlefield ran from July 1-3.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Danny Chastanet of Chesapeake, Va., and representing a soldier with the Confederate army cleans his authentic 1853 Enfield rifle at the Confederate encampment near the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park. Chastanet took part in activities commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The three-day commemoration on the battlefield ran from July 1-3.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Living History re-enactor, Katie Brewer of Gaithersburg, Md., shows her period-appropriate pocket watch while participating in the Confederate encampment near the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park. She participated in the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The three-day commemoration at the battlefield ran from July-3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Living History re-enactor, Katie Brewer of Gaithersburg, Md., shows her period-appropriate pocket watch while participating in the Confederate encampment  near the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park. She participated in the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The three-day commemoration at the battlefield ran from July-3, 2013.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - A re-enactor representing a soldier from the Confederate military forces sleeps at the Confederate encampment near the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park. The part hosted a three-day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The battle occurred July 1-3, 1863.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>A re-enactor representing a soldier from the Confederate military forces sleeps at the Confederate encampment near the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park. The part hosted a three-day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The battle occurred July 1-3, 1863.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Confederate re-enactors tend to a wounded soldier at the Blue-Gray Alliance Reenactment of Pickett's Charge at Bushey Farm outside Gettysburg on Sunday, June 30, 2013. The reenactment preceded the three-day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3 at the Gettysburg National Military Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Confederate re-enactors tend to a wounded soldier at the Blue-Gray Alliance Reenactment of Pickett's Charge at Bushey Farm outside Gettysburg on Sunday, June 30, 2013. The reenactment preceded the three-day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3 at the Gettysburg National Military Park.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Sarah Mishler, 25 of Lisbon, Ohio, laughs while talking about the challenges of wearing period costume near the State of Pennsylvania Monument on the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park. Mishler participated in the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, on Monday, July 1, 1863. The three-day commemoration honors the battle on July 1-3, 1863.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Sarah Mishler, 25 of Lisbon, Ohio, laughs while talking about the challenges of wearing period costume near the State of Pennsylvania Monument on the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park. Mishler participated in the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, on Monday, July 1, 1863. The three-day commemoration honors the battle on July 1-3, 1863.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Living History re-enactor, Katie Brewer of Gaithersburg, Md., walks from the Confederate encampment to the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park during the Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The three-day event is occurring on the exact days of the battle, July 1-3. It was fought in 1863.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Living History re-enactor, Katie Brewer of Gaithersburg, Md.,  walks from the Confederate encampment to the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park during the Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The three-day event is occurring on the exact days of the battle, July 1-3. It was fought in 1863.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - A Civil War re-enactor sleeps with his feet sticking out of his tent at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument on the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park during the Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, on Tuesday, July 1-3, 2013. The event honors the three-day battle, fought on July 1-3, 1863 and considered the turning point of the Civil War.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>A Civil War re-enactor sleeps with his feet sticking out of his tent at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument on the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park during the Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, on Tuesday, July 1-3, 2013. The event honors the three-day battle, fought on July 1-3, 1863 and considered the turning point of the Civil War.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Civil War re-enactor John Griffiths, 70 of Fredericksburg, Va., the great-great grandson of Ulysses S. Grant, poses for a portrait at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument on the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park. Griffiths visited on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, during the three-day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Griffiths ancestor did not fight at Gettysburg, but at Vicksburg, Miss., which surrendered to Union forces under Grant, on July 4, 1863 -- one day after Robert E. Lee suffered defeat at Gettysburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Civil War re-enactor John Griffiths, 70 of Fredericksburg, Va., the great-great grandson of Ulysses S. Grant, poses for a portrait at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument on the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park. Griffiths visited on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, during the three-day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Griffiths ancestor did not fight at Gettysburg, but at Vicksburg, Miss., which surrendered to Union forces under Grant, on July 4, 1863 -- one day after Robert E. Lee suffered defeat at Gettysburg.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Skip Lucas of Elizabeth, representing the 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Battery G, smokes a pipe on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, while making coffee in the early morning at the Union encampment at Gettysburg National Military Park during the Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg on. The encampment is located near the Pennsylvania Monument on the Battlefield. Lucas' great-grandfather James Samuel Lucas' name is etched on the Pennsylvania monument. He was one of thousands of Pennsylvania soldiers who fought at Gettysburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Skip Lucas of Elizabeth, representing the 1st  Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Battery G, smokes a pipe on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, while making coffee in the early morning at the Union encampment at Gettysburg National Military Park during the Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg on. The encampment is located near the Pennsylvania Monument on the Battlefield.  Lucas' great-grandfather James Samuel Lucas' name is etched on the Pennsylvania monument. He was one of thousands of Pennsylvania soldiers who fought at Gettysburg.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - A Confederate re-enactor portrays a wounded soldier struggling to retreat at the Blue-Gray Alliance Re-enactment of Pickett's Charge at Bushey Farm outside Gettysburg on Sunday June 30, 2013. the reenactment is part of the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which occurred July 1-3, 1863.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>A Confederate re-enactor portrays a wounded soldier struggling to retreat at the Blue-Gray Alliance Re-enactment of Pickett's Charge at Bushey Farm outside Gettysburg on Sunday June 30, 2013. the reenactment is part of the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which occurred July 1-3, 1863.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Civil War re-enactor, Steve Schnyer of Keene N H. and representing the 6th New Hampshire Infantry Company is silhouetted by the evening sky at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument at the. Gettysburg National Military Park. Schnyer's was among 200 Union reenactors encamped on the battlefield Monday, July 1, 1863, as part of the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which occurred July 1-3, 1863.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Civil War re-enactor, Steve Schnyer of Keene N H. and representing the 6th New Hampshire Infantry Company  is silhouetted by the evening sky at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument  at the. Gettysburg National Military Park. Schnyer's was among 200 Union reenactors encamped on the battlefield Monday, July 1, 1863, as part of  the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which occurred July 1-3, 1863.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Civil War re-enactors representing the 6th New Hampshire Infantry Company sneaks a look at spectators while in line on Monday, July 1, 2013, at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument inside Gettysburg National Military Park. The took part in a three-day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which took place July 1-3, 1863.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Civil War re-enactors representing the 6th New Hampshire Infantry Company sneaks a look at spectators while in line on Monday, July 1, 2013, at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument inside  Gettysburg National Military Park. The took part in a three-day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which took place July 1-3, 1863.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Steve Hawkins of Squirrel Hill and representing the 116th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry pauses before going to sleep on Monday, July 1, 2013, in his tent at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park. Hawkins' unit encamped on the battlefield as part of the three-day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg,
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Steve Hawkins of Squirrel Hill and representing the 116th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry pauses before going to sleep on Monday, July 1, 2013, in his tent at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument  at Gettysburg National Military Park. Hawkins' unit encamped on the battlefield as part of the three-day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg,
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Civil War re-enactor John Griffiths, 70, of Fredericksburg, Va., and the great-great grandson of Ulysses S. Grant poses on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, for a portrait at the Union encampment at Gettysburg National Military Park. Union reenactors were encamped near the State of Pennylvania Monument as part of the three-day commemorationof the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Griffiths' ancestor did not fight at Gettysburg, but commanded Union forces at Vicksburg, Miss., which surrendered to Grant on July 4, 1863 -- the day after Gen. Robert E. Lee's defeat at Gettysburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Civil War re-enactor John Griffiths, 70, of Fredericksburg, Va., and the great-great grandson of Ulysses S. Grant poses on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, for a portrait at the Union encampment at Gettysburg National Military Park. Union reenactors were encamped near the State of Pennylvania Monument as part of the three-day commemorationof the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Griffiths' ancestor did not fight at Gettysburg, but commanded Union forces at Vicksburg, Miss., which surrendered to Grant on July 4, 1863 -- the day after Gen. Robert E. Lee's defeat at Gettysburg.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Civil War re-enactor, James Rush of Worthington, Ohio, and representing the 1st Ohio Light Artillery pauses while smoking a cigar at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park. Rush's unit was encamped there on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, as part of the three-day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The commemoration on the battlefield runs July 1-3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Civil War re-enactor, James Rush of Worthington, Ohio, and representing the 1st Ohio Light Artillery pauses while smoking a cigar at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park. Rush's unit was encamped there on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, as part of the three-day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The commemoration on the battlefield runs July 1-3, 2013.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Renaud Bedat, 5 of Quebec stands in formation, immitating a group of Union re-enactorson Monday, July 1, 2013, as they take the field for a demonstration in front of the State of Pennsylvania Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park. The demonstration was among three days of activities from July 1-3, 2-13, commemorating the 150th Anniversary ofthe Battle of Gettysburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Renaud Bedat, 5 of Quebec stands in formation, immitating a group of Union re-enactorson Monday, July 1, 2013, as they take the field for a demonstration in front of the State of Pennsylvania Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park. The demonstration was among three days of activities from July 1-3, 2-13, commemorating the 150th Anniversary ofthe Battle of Gettysburg.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Civil War re-enactors, Samuel Monk of Sharon, Mass., (left) and Mark Boynton of Keene, N.H., both representing the 6th New Hampshire Infantry Company, rest their heads Monday, July 1, 2013, at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park. The men were encamped there as part of the three-day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which runs from July 1-3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Civil War re-enactors, Samuel Monk of Sharon, Mass., (left) and Mark Boynton of Keene, N.H., both representing the 6th New Hampshire Infantry Company, rest their heads Monday, July 1, 2013, at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park. The men were encamped there as part of the three-day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which runs from July 1-3, 2013.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Camp fires light up Monday, July 1, 2013, at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park. About 200 Union reenactors were encamped on the battlefield as part of three-day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which runs July 1-3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Camp fires light up Monday, July 1, 2013, at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park. About 200 Union reenactors were encamped on the battlefield as part of three-day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which runs July 1-3, 2013.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Civil War re-enactor Robin Smith of North London, in the United Kingdom, (right) gets help on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, from John Snowdon of Dumfries, N.Y., in wrapping his Zouave uniform at the Union encampment on the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park. The encampment was part of the three-day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which runs from July 1-3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Civil War re-enactor Robin Smith of North London, in the United Kingdom, (right) gets help on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, from John Snowdon of Dumfries, N.Y., in wrapping his Zouave uniform at the Union encampment on the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park. The encampment was part of the three-day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which runs from July 1-3, 2013.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - A hat of the type worn by the Confederate soldiers hangs on a tent at the Confederate encampment on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, near the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park. A three-day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg is being held July 1-3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>A hat of the type worn by the Confederate soldiers hangs on a tent at the Confederate encampment on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, near the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park. A three-day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg is being held July 1-3, 2013.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Civil War re-enactors representing the 6th New Hampshire Infantry Company sneak a look at spectators while in line at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument on the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park on Monday, July 1, 2013. A three day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg is being held July 1-3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Civil War re-enactors representing the 6th New Hampshire Infantry Company sneak a look at spectators while in line at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument on the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park on Monday, July 1, 2013. A three day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg is being held July 1-3, 2013.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Lerita Smith of Elwood City, Bill Smith of Elwood City, Mark Kelley of Elwood City and Larry Snyder of Canton, Ohio, (l-r) wait to fire a 1862 wrought-iron canon forged in Phoenixville for the grand opening on Monday July 1, 2013, of the new Seminary Ridge Museum. The museum opened as part of the three-day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which runs July 1-3, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Lerita Smith of Elwood City, Bill Smith of Elwood City, Mark Kelley of Elwood City and Larry Snyder of Canton, Ohio, (l-r) wait to fire a 1862 wrought-iron canon forged in Phoenixville for the grand opening on Monday July 1, 2013, of the new Seminary Ridge Museum. The museum opened as part of the three-day commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which runs July 1-3, 2013.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Skip Lucas of Elizabeth, representing the 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery Battery G, shows off his great grandfather's pocket watch in the early morning Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at the Union encampment on the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park. Union reenactors encamped near the Pennsylvania Monument on the battlefield as part of the Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Lucas' great-grandfather James Samuel Lucas fought at Gettysburg, and his name is etched on the Pennsylvania monument along with other soldiers from the Keystone State who fought there.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Skip Lucas of Elizabeth, representing the 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery  Battery G, shows off his great grandfather's pocket watch in the early morning Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at the Union encampment  on the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park. Union reenactors encamped near the Pennsylvania Monument on the battlefield as part of the Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Lucas' great-grandfather James Samuel Lucas fought at Gettysburg, and his name is etched on the Pennsylvania monument along with other soldiers from the Keystone State who fought there.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review - Civil War re-enactor John Griffiths, 70, of Fredericksburg, Va., the great-great-grandson of Ulysses S. Grant, on Tuesday at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Andrew Russell  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Civil War re-enactor John Griffiths, 70, of Fredericksburg, Va., the  great-great-grandson of Ulysses S. Grant, on Tuesday at the Union encampment near the State of Pennsylvania Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park.

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A climactic moment of the Battle of Gettysburg sesquicentennial occurs at 3 p.m. Wednesday with a march commemorating Pickett's Charge. To view the march, go to www.earthcam.com/gettysburg or to www.gettysburgfoundation.org and click on the “Watch Pickett's Charge Live!” button.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

GETTYSBURG -- Fireflies flash below the feet of statue of Winged Victory, perched atop the Pennsylvania Memorial nearly 100 feet over the battlefield.

The nighttime clouds, high and deep blue, break open. Stars flank the statue, its inky metal darker than the sky above.

The sun has set and the crowds have gone. No streetlights mar the paved paths through Gettysburg National Military Park. The only nearby light flickers from campfires and candlelit tables, where the mirthful chatter of weary, wool-clad men rises from the rows of canvas tents into the warm, damp breeze of Pennsylvania farmland in July.

More than 158,000 soldiers fought at Gettysburg July 1-3, 1863. The 150th anniversary is drawing tens of thousands of re-enactors to staff living history encampments in the park and take part in battle re-enactments scheduled before and after the three-day anniversary.

“It's very moving. The 150th. All of us have been looking forward to that number,” said Steve Hawkins 62, of Squirrel Hill.

He's among more than 200 Union reenactors camping on the field Monday through Wednesday. Beyond the tree line about a mile to the west, Confederate counterparts bivouac near a memorial to Confederate Gen. James Longstreet, the man who warned Gen. Robert E. Lee against attacking the Union-held Cemetery Ridge on the climactic third day of the battle, July 3, 1863.

About 10,000 reenactors took part in the first reenactment, which ended Sunday, and more are expected at the second, which begins Thursday.

“The hobby,” as many of them call it, can swallow thousands of hours and dollars. The price of this ground-level understanding of history includes long nights in the rain under open-sided tents that are little more than canvas sheets over wooden poles, and marches across muggy fields wearing wool coats in 90-degree heat. One set of clothes can cost $1,600.

“We're kind of nuts,” said Brandon Bies, 33, of Washington, D.C.

“You're being generous,” said David Golimowski, 49, of Baltimore, who encamped with Bies and other Confederate reenactors in Pitzer Woods, on the battlefield.

Bies works as a National Park Service site manager for Arlington House, Lee's former home. Golimowski helps maintain and operate the Hubble Space Telescope for the Space Telescope Science Institute.

Elsewhere on the field were a university carpenter, retired military personnel, fathers and sons, young husbands and wives, and the great-great grandson of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, John Grant Griffiths, 70, of Fredericksburg, Va. Griffiths' first reenactment was 1956.

“Back then, you didn't have tents, you didn't have good units, you didn't have reproduction weapons, you didn't have the level of interest you have today,” Griffiths said.

Bies and Golimowski spent part of Tuesday morning discussing different methods of weaving fabric used to make period pants. The camp's resident expert, Charlie Childs, explained the intricacies of blending cotton and wool, and how the word “jeans” referred to a type of weave before it was a kind of pants.

Childs, 61, of Paris, Ohio is credited by some reenactors with vast improvements to the accuracy of period clothing during the 30 years since he started making it.

Some of the period equipment can get pretty bulky -- Bill Smith's cannon, for instance. The captain of the 19th Ohio Light Artillery regiment based in Salem, Ohio, operates a 1,900-pound cannon forged just north of Philadelphia in 1862. It's unknown where the cannon -- specifically, the “tube” from which projectiles fire -- saw action because the building that held the record of this cannon's serial number burned down about 100 years ago, said Smith, 70, of Ellwood City.

More than 150 years after the cannon's forging, Smith's unit still uses it in shooting competitions held annually at a military artillery range in Michigan. Batteries using Civil War equipment take aim at a wooden target 4 feet by 6 feet set 10 football fields away, or more than 12 mile. Their last time out, they hit it 12 times in 15 tries. When it's firing a 10-pound ball, the recoil lifts the cannon into the air and pushes back between 8 and 10 feet, Smith said.

Monday, they set up on Seminary Ridge, where they fired empty barrels westward at 8 a.m. to commemorate the first shots of the battle, then again a couple hours later to commemorate the Seminary Ridge Museum's opening.

“It's just an honor,” Smith said. “This is the first time shots were fired from this position since 150 years ago. This is the exact position of the first day's battle. They were here.”

This connection to the past often links reenactors to ancestors they never met.

Jordan Hoffman and his father, Paul, portray soldiers in the 14th Tennessee Infantry. During the actual Pickett's Charge, a sergeant in the 14th Connecticut Infantry captured the Tennessee colors near the Union wall. A descendant of that soldier is a reenactor in the Connecticut regiment, and the Hoffmans' commanding officer arranged for him to leap the wall during the reenactment Sunday and follow in his ancestors' footsteps to capture their flag, Paul Hoffman said.

“It was pretty tear-jerking,” Paul Hoffman said.

Two of Steve Schnyer's ancestors fought with New England units in the Civil War. One of them camped not far from Schnyer's tent with the Union encampment near the Pennsylvania Memorial.

“I'm older than he was when he was here,” said Schnyer, 52, of Keene, N.H. He sat beside his tent, cleaning a replica Springfield rifle as dusk settled over the ground his family defended 150 years ago that day.

“Everybody's got a different reason for doing it,” Schnyer said.

One of his comes on the march, where his 6-foot-2-inch frame puts him near the rear of most formations. When the terrain is just right, the column in front of him dips, and then the leading element rises on the far hill, a flag-bearer in the lead, visible over the shoulders of the men in front of him. “You see the colors come up, and your heart goes right into your throat.”

Mike Wereschagin is staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at (412) 320-7900 or mwereschagin@tribweb.com.

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