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Gettysburg’s Ziegler’s Grove returning to its Civil War state

Slowly, the terrain in Gettysburg where the old Cyclorama building and visitors center stood for decades is returning to its Civil War state. In this case, its post-Civil War state as the marker for the Battery F, U.S Artillery is returned to where it first went up in 1907. It was moved when the Cyclorama building was constructed in 1962. How do you re-install a granite monument? Check out this Hanover Evening Sun photo gallery.

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Ike Eisenhower’s 1955 Cockshutt Blackhawk 40: This tractor was not for sale

Dwight D. Eisenhower probably never drove this 1955 Cockshutt Blackhawk 40 tractor, but it was part of his Gettysburg farm at the the time of his death. The Evening Sun in Hanover reported that it was on display with other antiques that were part of Adams County farmer Stanley Wolf’s collection.

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Rosie the Riveter toiled in the Civil War, too

Women living in the Civil War era are getting their due in the popular re-enactments in Gettysburg and elsewhere in these 150 years of the war observances. One re-enactor in Gettysburg for the 151st anniversary of the battle likened Civil War contributions to those of ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ that symbol of women who worked on shop floors in World War II.

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Gettysburg 151: 4 scenes from around the battlefield and region

The western gate to Gettysburg borough, marked by Robert E. Lee’s headquarters, will look far different in a future visit to Gettysburg. That key entry into Gettysburg will lose the familiar Appalachian Brewing Company and Quality Inn. The Civil War Trust will pay $5.5 million and transfer the property to the National Park Service,

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Bells on Seminary Ridge will be heard across Gettysburg Battlefield

Every time you go to Gettysburg, there’s something new to see. In this case, to see and hear. These 1869-vintage bells have a new home of Seminary Ridge. ‘Intended to memorialize soldiers who have fought worldwide and missionaries who have spread the Gospel in peace, it is fitting that the bells are in front of the seminary’s Church of the Abiding Presence, reaching out to the fields that hosted the bloodiest battle fought on American soil,’ the Evening Sun in Hanover reported in: Seminary Bells ring for soldiers, missionaries. So you might hear them before you see them. When they ring, they’ll be heard across the battlefield.

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Gravesites of black Civil War veterans to be documented: ‘This is an important first step’

Linked in/Neat stuff: Wallace-Cross Mill/Murphy & Dittenhafer architects The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will create a comprehensive list of black Civil War veteran gravesites, per a recent request from Pennsylvania’s senator Bob Casey. That would include Gettysburg’s Lincoln Cemetery, … Continue reading

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Want a wax figure from the Civil War, Part II? Gettysburg figures to be auctioned

The Gettysburg Civil War Wax Museum, now known as the Gettysburg Heritage Center, is auctioning its wax historical figures. You’ve read about that: Want a Civil War figures? But it’s back today for two reasons. This AP photo of Tammy Myers with the heads of characters is winsome. And the AP reports another interesting thing: ‘As part of those changes, it is preparing to unload dozens of its historical figures – most made of vinyl, not wax – in what the auctioneer calls a once-in-a-lifetime sale.’

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Want a wax figure from the Civil War? Paraffin soldiers to be auctioned off in Gettysburg

This is pretty darn interesting. The Gettysburg Heritage Center, still known to many as the American Civil War Wax Museum, is doing some remodeling so some older exhibits will be auctioned. That includes many wax figures. Those lifelike artifacts would give you pause if you ran across one in somebody’s dark basement. ‘The paraffin soldiers of the American Civil War Wax Museum at the edge of the Gettysburg battlefield have stood stiff guard over the past for more than 50 years,’ the Evening Sun in Hanover report. ‘But the frozen tableaux are melting away, to be auctioned off to make way for the more fluid, interactive history of the 21st century.’

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Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation may be little noted but should be long remembered

Abraham Lincoln and his presidency is rightly remembered in this 150th season after his Gettysburg Address. But another proclamation 150 years ago helped shaped America today. His Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1863 established Thanksgiving as a national holiday, the last Thursday in November. President Franklin D. Roosevelt later established it as the fourth Thursday.

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The story of Evergreen Cemetery, with its distinctive Gettysburg gatehouse, set to music

With all the well-deserved attention on Dedication Day observances at the National Cemetery in Gettysburg, it’s a due step to explore the nearby Evergreen cemetery as well. An Evening Sun story notes that people known to us from the Civil War era are buried there. ‘That list includes notable historic figures like Elizabeth Thorn who, while six months pregnant, buried 91 soldiers in the weeks following the Battle of Gettysburg; Jennie Wade, the only civilian killed in the battle; and John Burns, the only Gettysburg civilian to fight in the battle,’ the Hanover, Pa., newspaper reported. ‘Sam Cobean, a famous cartoonist known for his work in the New Yorker, Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Steve Corson, Hall of Fame baseball player Eddie Plank and poet Maryann Moore are among the buried.’ Of course, Evergreen is known because of its distinctive gatehouse seen in so many Gettysburg photos. And now it’s known for a soundtrack ‘Beyond the Gatehouse,’ which tells the cemetery’s story. The project’s mastermind is Brian Kennell, superintendent of Evergreen, seen here. So, Civil War students and visitors can now not only see the gatehouse, but also hear about it.

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