The Battle of Gettysburg in the Civil War was fought on July 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 1863.   That means that now, in 2013, the battle’s sesquiscentennial (150-year anniversary)  is upon us.   Various commemorations are being held at and near the historical battlefield.

The Civil War is an important part of our shared memory as Americans.  There’s something about that epic struggle and those who fought it (on both sides) that puts it in a class all its own.

Civil War re-enactors, many of whom are participating in the Gettysburg commemorations, are very serious at what they do and perform a great service in preserving the memory of the Civil War and demonstrating its details.  If you have a chance to observe re-enactors it’s certainly worth your time.

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Blog entry by Allan Wall, published June 29th, 2013, on VDARE.COM.

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