July 8, 1993 |
Not all of the local Civil War re-enactors went to Gettysburg to mark the 130th anniversary of the famous battle of July 1863. One group went to Montgomery Cemetery in Norristown to visit the graves of four area Civil War heroes: William Bainbridge, Samuel Selah, Samuel Zook and Winfield Scott Hancock. Selah, Zook and Hancock all fought at Gettysburg; Selah and Zook died there.
May 12, 2013
Gettysburg also will be the topic for historians Ted Widmer, Sean Wilentz, Carla Petersen, and Adam Goodheart at 6:30 p.m. June 17 at the National Constitution Center. At the Rosenbach Museum and Library an exhibit called "Voices of 1863 - Witnesses to the Civil War" reports on the year's events through the letters and dispatches of President Lincoln, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, and others. The event extends through Jan. 5. At Laurel Hill Cemetery, a recreation of the 1868 Decoration Day service of the Grand Army of the Republic will be held at noon on May 26. Bronze markers will be dedicated at the graves of Civil War veterans.
April 28, 2010
Since the state Gaming Control Board in 2006 rejected a proposed slots parlor several miles from the Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg, it's hard to see how a full-blown casino just a half-mile south of the hallowed ground is an improvement. Former Conrail chairman David M. LeVan is back with another proposal to build a casino near where thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers fought and died during the pivotal battle. Like his failed bid for a gambling license, LeVan's new proposal has rekindled the dispute between civic leaders, merchants, Civil War buffs, and conservationists over whether gambling can coexist with the historic site.
June 22, 1988 |
One hundred and twenty-five years ago, the Union and Confederate Armies met at the crossroads town of Gettysburg, where they fought the decisive battle of the Civil War. Beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday, thousands of Civil War buffs will stage the most ambitious Civil War re-enactment ever. Today through Monday, The Inquirer will provide reports of this event, including dispatches written as they would have been in those turbulent, fateful days during the summer of 1863.
June 11, 2013
Gettysburg: By the Numbers The four-day reenactment, July 4-7, will be held along Table Rock Road north of Gettysburg, at a total cost of $900,000. The event will include: 80,000 spectators including 245 from 18 countries 15,000 reenactors from all 50 states including 300 from 16 countries 1,000 feet of fencing 800 acres of battle grounds and camps 500 reporters from around the world 400 horses Six 6,000-gallon water tankers 2,000 bales of hay 400 workers 300 porta-johns 135 artillery pieces 100 cords of camp firewood $35 for a one day spectator ticket; $90 for all four days.
July 2, 2013 |
A few years ago a distant cousin contacted me with the news that our ancestor was wounded at Gettysburg. I had been seeking a connection ever since I played a soldier at a reenactment 20 years ago. On Aug. 1, 1861, a few months after the war started, Robert Cooey joined the 29th Pennsylvania - an outfit of Philadelphians from neighborhood firehouses. With dark hair and dark eyes, my paternal great-great-grandfather was 5-feet-61/2, a 21-year-old immigrant from Ireland. He thought a few months of military service a fair trade for expedited citizenship.
October 8, 1993 |
Watching "Gettysburg," Ted Turner's epic-length saga of perhaps the most pivotal moment in American history, you can't help wondering . . . Is the Phillies' right-handed platoon better than its left-handed platoon? Why do pitchers walk base-stealers like Otis Nixon when he hits less than .270? Could Dave Hollins and Mitch Williams have a catch without hurting someone? Yes, the mind does wander during "Gettysburg," a sluggish FOUR-HOUR rehash of the famous Civil War battle pitting Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia against the Army of the Potomac, commanded by Gen. George G. Meade, who looks suspiciously like Oscar Goldman from "The Six Million Dollar Man. " As you've probably heard, "Gettysburg" originally was intended for television, and will wind up there eventually as a five-hour mini-series.
April 28, 1994 |
The charge seemed to come out of nowhere and caught video stores unaware. "We were blindsided," said Frank Slugaski of Clark, N.J., a franchise operator of 27 Blockbuster Video stores. "It was totally unexpected. " The sudden attack left a sobering sight in its wake: empty shelves. Slugaski's copies of Gettysburg were gone with the wind, as it were. And the rout wasn't caused by rental customers alone, for whom he had stocked about 400 copies throughout his stores. Surprisingly, some 60 of his customers had bought the video outright - with a price tag of about $90. A similar phenomenon occurred at Movies Unlimited in Philadelphia, where an employee in the Castor Avenue store said he saw four customers walk in within an hour of one another and buy the double-cassette tape soon after its March 16 release.
June 5, 1994 |
Your run-of-the-mill high school history class doesn't prepare you for the wonders of Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels, the story of the Civil War battle at Gettysburg. This book is a shock: It makes the battle fascinating. I could have listened to my high school teachers blather on forever about how the generals from each side were friends. But it just didn't sink in until Shaara placed me at Gen. Robert E. Lee's side, and I saw him get almost teary over the death of a general - from the other side.