Gettysburg at 150: The Reenactment
The 150th Anniversary Gettysburg National Civil War Reenactment to be held at the Redding farm in Gettysburg, July 4 – 7, 2013, will be the largest battle reenactment staged during the sesquicentennial remembrance of the American Civil War. The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee, which began planning the nationally significant reenactment in 2008, has operated an annual Gettysburg battle reenactment for 18 years.
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Over 12,000 reenactors are anticipated, with 300 foreign reenactors already registered from 16 different countries. Over 30,000 visitors have already purchased tickets from 18 different countries. Between 60,000-80,000 visitors are expected to attend over the four day event. There will be over 400 horses, 135 full-size cannon with 10 horse drawn, and two major battles each day. It will be a stimulating, large, living history area with over 700 living historians, explosive pyrotechnics, and military camps that are open to the public. The 150th Gettysburg National Civil War Reenactment has been designated as the official reenactment of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The event is garnering significant media attention and over 300 media outlets will be present at the event, including most major American television networks. The Visitor’s Bureau as well as the GAC have termed the 150th Anniversary, “Gettysburg’s Olympic Moment” because of the size and scale of the celebrations and the global attention.