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July 8, 1993 | For The Inquirer / ROGER TUNIS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 22, 1988 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 8, 1993 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
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.
NEWS
July 2, 2013 | By Michael Carolan
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 1994 | By Andy Wickstrom, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
June 5, 1994 | By Sandy Bauers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 14, 2016
ELMONT, N.Y. - When unbeaten Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist finishes third in the Preakness after getting involved in an enervating pace duel and incredibly consistent Preakness winner Exaggerator finishes 11th in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, appreciation grows for what American Pharoah did last year by winning the first Triple Crown in 37 years. Either something goes wrong during a race or a horse hits the Triple Crown wall in the Belmont Stakes racing for the third time in 5 weeks, a concept completely foreign to top class American racehorses in the 21st century, or we get American Pharoah who manages to survive the Derby when he was at less than his best and dominate the final two legs with his speed, power and stamina.
NEWS
May 11, 2016
It typically takes less than three hours to travel the 140 miles between Philadelphia and Gettysburg. But it took years to reach the conclusion that artifacts in the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia's collection should be moved to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. The collection hasn't had a permanent home since 2008, when a mansion at 18th and Pine Streets that served as the museum closed. The plan then was to build a more fitting facility to serve as a museum, but it never happened.
NEWS
May 5, 2016 | By Stephan Salisbury, Culture Writer
The homeless Civil War Museum of Philadelphia, steward of what scholars regard as one of the finest collections of Civil War materials anywhere but possessing no place to display them, reached an agreement Monday to transfer ownership of its roughly 3,000 artifacts to the Gettysburg Foundation, the private, nonprofit partner of the National Park Service. At the same time, the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall has agreed to mount a permanent exhibition exploring the constitutional impact of the Civil War, using artifacts drawn from what is now the foundation's Gettysburg collection.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Compared with what Union and Confederate soldiers suffered those three deadly days in July 1863, conditions on the Gettysburg battlefield were a dream for these troops. The temperature was a no-jacket-required 72 degrees. Food was plentiful. Suffering amounted to sore feet and low cellphone batteries by the time Ed Ruggero and his brigade concluded their daylong assault at McPherson Ridge, the Peach Orchard, Little Round Top, and the site of Pickett's Charge. Then again, this mission was not to conquer and destroy, it was how to lead in 21st-century corporate America.
NEWS
September 14, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marcel Groen, the long-time head of the Montgomery County Democrats, was elected chair of the statewide party Saturday, a key post heading into national elections next year. His immediate focus, however, is on voting that is just seven weeks away. "The most important thing now are the Supreme Court races," Groen said in an interview following his election by party committee members in Gettysburg. "They are extremely important, from a political perspective, because of redistricting.
NEWS
August 10, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WHEN POPE FRANCIS steps in front of Independence Hall in September, he not only will pontificate at the birthplace of the United States of America, he also will speak at the lectern from which President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most enduring speeches in our nation's history - the "Gettysburg Address. " Pope Francis will be the first known public figure to use the hallowed lectern since Lincoln gave his famous speech at Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg on Nov. 19, 1863.
NEWS
March 8, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Neumann-Goretti fought past Imhotep Charter last week to repeat as District 12 Class AAA boys' basketball champion, but Dhamir "DaDa" Cosby-Roundtree was less than satisfied with his own performance. "I played real timid," the 6-foot-8, 195-pound sophomore center said. "I wasn't mentally prepared. That's unacceptable. " Cosby-Roundtree was considerably more locked in Friday night in a PIAA state opener against District 3's Gettysburg. The sophomore netted 14 points and nine rebounds, including five on offense, as the Saints cruised to a 77-29 victory at Archbishop Ryan.
NEWS
July 2, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
GETTYSBURG - For almost a century, the small, historic stone house on Chambersburg Road has been obscured by the commercial buildings surrounding it. But in 1863, it occupied a prominent position at the epicenter of fighting on Day One of the nation's best-known Civil War battle. That night, it would be seized and used as the headquarters of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. On Tuesday - exactly 151 years after the start of the Battle of Gettysburg - the Civil War Trust will announce the purchase of the four-acre parcel and the restoration of the site to the way it looked in 1863.
NEWS
December 3, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Ashley Trawick, the dilemma was purely academic. "The hardest thing is coming up with the title of my major," Trawick, 19, told Ruth De Jesus, associate dean of intercultural advancement at Gettysburg College. The sophomore from Southwest Philadelphia is eyeing a mix of developmental psychology and education. First-generation graduates from Philadelphia public high schools like Trawick once faced much bigger obstacles: How to get into college, how to afford it, and once among the largely white student bodies, how to fit in. But with a boost from Philadelphia Futures, a nonprofit that helps inner-city students get into and through college, Trawick is on a free ride at the school.
NEWS
July 9, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
GETTYSBURG - One-hundred-fifty years ago last week, the Confederate Army retreated from blood-soaked fields here with their numbers depleted by catastrophic casualties. But in 2013, as visitors, spectators, and reenactors left Gettysburg following a 10-day sesquicentennial celebration, the activities in this rural town were decidedly more positive. Carl Whitehill, a spokesman for the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau, said total attendance was well over 100,000. A final tally will be unavailable for several weeks, he added.
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