Third Day at Gettysburg (and a rumor of war)

by Fred Ray on July 3, 2017 · 0 comments

Today, July 3rd, was the climatic end to the battle of Gettysburg as Lee’s grand attack failed. Re-enactors will be there for the 154th anniversary, one of the largest events of its kind.

Rain or shine, the battle went on, and it poured on them for a short time, but then, the sun came out and the Yankees and Confederates reenacted the first day of bloodiest battle in North American history, despite the heat and the threat of protests.

The blasts of more than 2,000 Yankee and Confederate reenactors as they face off on the 154th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Civil War Battle.

More than 30 cannons firing and smoke filling the sky at Pumping Station Road, a sunny day for battle after storms came through.

“It came fast and furious. Luck was on our side, and it was enough to cool things down and keep the dust down,” said Andrea DiMartino.

The threats of protests were from various anti-Confederate groups, especially the far-left Antifa.

“If individuals or groups decide to act unlawfully, plans have been put in place to efficiently address them while allowing other members of the public to enjoy the democratic process,” [NPS spokesperson Katie] Lawhon said.

Locals told Fox News Friday night they saw a major jump in security, not only around the park but also at nearby restaurants and hotels.

At the Wyndham Hotel in Gettysburg, a long line of park police cars were lined up in the parking lot as officers chatted and took pictures with Civil War reenactors.

So far, all is quiet on the Gettysburg front.


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