Gettysburg National Military Park Announces its Licensed Battlefield Guide Examination Process and Written Exam Date

Gettysburg National Military Park Announces its Licensed Battlefield Guide Examination Process and Written Exam Date

Gettysburg National Military Park is opening its Licensed Battlefield Examination process, park officials have announced. The written exam, the first part of an intensive, multi-tiered process, will be given on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Harrisburg Area Community College/Gettysburg Campus from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Based upon park needs and visitor demand, the park will only be licensing individuals for the full-time license category. The licensing process consists of five tiers: the written exam, the panel interview, the field practicum, the oral exam, and the post-licensing orientation. Candidates must pass each tier in succession to become a Licensed Battlefield Guide.

“This multi-tiered process continues a tradition of rigorous Licensed Battlefield Guide examinations and upholds the continued excellence of guiding on the Gettysburg battlefield,” said Bill Justice, acting superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park. 

Information about the licensing process and a letter detailing the written exam application are available on the park’s website at www.nps.gov/gett and on the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides’ website at www.gettysburgtourguides.org A limited number of hard copies of the examination process will be available at the National Park Service information desk located in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.

Gettysburg National Military Park preserves, protects and interprets for this and future generations the resources associated with the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, during the American Civil War, the Soldiers' National Cemetery, and their commemorations. Learn more at www.nps.gov/gett

Work Begins On Restoring Pemberton’s Headquarters At Vicksburg

One of the most important historical houses in downtown Vicksburg, Mississippi, is getting some much-needed repairs. Historic preservation efforts are underway at Pemberton’s Headquarters to prevent further deterioration of the historic building.

The front porch will receive structural shoring to support the existing structure and prevent the collapse of the second-story porch. The slate roof will be removed and stored while temporary waterproofing material is applied. The park will, at a later date, restore the porch and slate roof along with other exterior and interior preservation treatments. 

This stabilization project is planned to last over 10 years and until additional planning and funding can result in the full restoration of the historic structure. Once the house is stabilized, the National Park Service hopes to reopen the building to the public on a limited basis.

“This is one of the most important sites in the Vicksburg Campaign,” said Scott Babinowich, chief of interpretation at Vicksburg National Military Park. “These repairs are not permanent fixes, but they will give us the opportunity to open the building again to visitors.” 

Vicksburg National Military Park and the National Park Service Southeast Regional Office Facility Support Division are overseeing the restoration and ensuring the work follows the guidelines of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. 

The house was built by William Bobb in 1835-36 and was originally known as “Mrs. Willis’ House.” Confederate Gen. John Pemberton used the house as his headquarters during the 47-day siege of Vicksburg. It is in this house that Gen. Pemberton and his staff decided to surrender to the Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and the Union Army on July 4, 1863. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977 and was deeded to the National Park Service in 2003.

News Release

Vicksburg National Military Park

Civil War Weekend ~ Winchester-Frederick Co. VA ~ Fri Aug 18 - Sun Aug 20

Civil War Weekend Winchester-Frederick County
(Friday-Sunday, August 18-20, 2017)

click here to go to a webpage about these events

Civil War Weekend is a special annual event that offers rare opportunities to see many sites as they may have looked at the time of the war. This year, Civil War sites throughout the area will once again join together to provide unique opportunities to experience the area's remarkable wartime story.

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Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park

336 Belle Grove Rd., Middletown
2262 Claven Lane, Middletown

 

Friday, August 18, 7pm | FREE
History at Sunset: "Attention Company!" Civil War Soldier for an Evening
Have you ever attended a Civil War "living history" event or re-enactment and wondered about all those strange movements, battle formations and commands?  Or the details of the various steps in loading and firing a rifled-musket?  Join Ranger Jeff Driscoll for a hands-on interactive experience on the basics of Civil War drill.  For adults and kids alike!  Meet at Belle Grove Plantation Manor House (336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown).    


Saturday, August 19, 9 am | FREE
Advance & Retreat: Gordon's Attack at Cedar Creek
Join Ranger Rick Ashbacker as he explores the attack of Maj. Gen. John B. Gordon's Division on the Union line held by Col. (and future President) Rutherford B. Hayes troops.  Meet at the National Park Service Visitor Contact Station (7712 Main Street, Middletown).
 

Saturday, August 19, 10am-5pm | FREE
National Regiment Living History Encampment and Firing Demonstration Demonstrations
Members of the National Regiment will set up an encampment and discuss the life of the common Civil War soldier.  Firing demonstrations at 10:00 am, and 3:30 pm.  Life of the common soldier demonstration at 12:30.  Meet at the 8th Vermont Monument.  Parking is located at the Claven Lane parking area (2262 Claven Lane, Middletown).  


Saturday, August 19, 2:30 pm | FREE
Kneading in Silence: A Glimpse into the Life of the Enslaved Cook Judah
This 30 minute program explores the story of one slave at Belle Grove. Meet at Belle Grove Winter Kitchen (Belle Grove Plantation, 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown).   


Sunday, August 20, 2:30pm | FREE
Battle of Cedar Creek in a Box
A 30 minute program on the history and settlement of the Valley, the Battle of Cedar Creek and the impact of the Civil War.  Belle Grove Plantation (336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown).  

For more information, call (540) 869-3051 or go to www.nps.gov/cebe.

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Kernstown Battlefield

610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester


Saturday, August 19 | FREE
Civil War Era Picnic
Join us for a period picnic on the Pritchard House lawn with hostess Mrs. Pritchard. The Kernstown Battlefield will be presenting tours all weekend.
 

Saturday, August 19, 11am and 1pm | FREE
Battlefield Walking Tours
Meet at the Visitor Center for a walking tour with Roger Henderberg. 

610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 869-2896.  kernstownbattle.org

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Kernstown Battlefield/
Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters

610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester
415 N. Braddock Street, Winchester


Saturday, August 19, 10am-4pm | $20 includes lunch
Stonewall Jackson Seminar
The Kernstown Battlefield Association and Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters Museum will present a one day seminar on Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. Each of the sponsoring organizations will give a special tour from 10am to 11:30 am and again from 2:30 pm to 4 pm. Tour one site in the morning, and the other in the afternoon. The lunch and lecture will be held at Kernstown Battlefield. Our guest speakers, Steve French and Jerry Holsworth, both authors and historians, will discuss Jackson's 1862 campaign leading up to and including the First Battle of Kernstown. They will be signing their books at lunch. For information or to register contact smgolden@aol.com.


Kernstown Battlefield (lunch and lecture, tours)
610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester.  (540) 869-2896.  kernstownbattle.org 


Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters (tours)
415 N. Braddock Street, Winchester.  (540) 667-5505
 winchesterhistory.org 

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Newtown History Center (Stephens City)

Trinity Lutheran Church, Parish Hall, 810 Fairfax St, Stephens City

 

Saturday, August 19, 3:30 pm | FREE
Civil War History Presentation
Author & Historian Steve French will give a presentation titled, "A Tense Co-existence: Scouts and Civilians In 1860s Newtown." (donations accepted; books for sale)

Trinity Lutheran Church, Parish Hall
810 Fairfax St, Stephens City.  (540) 869-1700 

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The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum (Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation)

20 N. Loudon St., Winchester

Saturday, August 19, 3pm-9pm | FREE
"Court House by Candlelight": The Court House and Second Winchester
Living history and special programs at the historic Old Frederick County Court House (which today houses the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum), focusing on the building's role as a hospital and prison after the Second Battle of Winchester and the Civil War graffiti that soldiers left on its walls.  Programs will include living history from 3pm-9pm, a hands-on graffiti workshop for children from 4-7pm, an interpretive program on the court house's graffiti at 7pm, and "torchlight" interpretive tours of the court house and its role during the war at 8pm and 9pm.

Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum (formerly the Old Court House Civil War Museum).  20 N. Loudoun St., Winchester. (540) 740-4545 info@svbf.netwww.shenandoahatwar.org

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Star Fort (Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation)

Fortress Drive off US 522 North, Winchester


Saturday, August 19, 10am-3pm | FREE
"Storms and Thunder at Star Fort": Star Fort and Second Winchester
Living history and special programs at the historic site that was part of Winchester's extensive wartime defensive system - and part of both the Second and Third Battles of Winchester.  Programs will include living history from 10am-3pm, artillery demonstrations at 10am, Noon, and 2pm, and interpretive presentations on "Star Fort and Second Winchester" at 11am and 1pm.

Star Fort.  Fortress Drive off US 522 North, Winchester.  (540) 740-4545.  info@svbf.netwww.shenandoahatwar.org.

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Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center / McCormick Civil War Institute

415 N. Braddock St., Winchester

 

Saturday, August 19, 9am | FREE
Car Caravan Tour - "A Gleam of Anxious Speculation: The African Americans' Civil War in Winchester
Meet at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center (1400 Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester) for a car caravan tour led by Jonathan Noyalas, Director of the McCormick Civil War Institute at Shenandoah University. The tour will focus on the experiences of African Americans during the Civil War era. Tour is approximately 1.5 hours in length.1400 S. Pleasant Valley Rd, Winchester.  (540) 542-1326

The Great Lengths Taken to Make Abraham Lincoln Look Good in Photos

The Great Lengths Taken to Make Abraham Lincoln Look Good in Photos
One famous image of the president features a body that isn’t his.

BY MICHAEL WATERS JULY 12, 2017
Article from Altas Obscura
 

Print of Lincoln vs. print of Calhoun PHOTOS: LEFT, LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/LC-DIG-PGA-02353; RIGHT, LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/LC-DIG-PGA-02499

ABRAHAM LINCOLN HAD A PROBLEM. During his 1860 campaign as a Republican candidate for the American presidency, in an era after the birth of the photograph but before its widespread dissemination in the media, many of the country’s citizens could only guess at what he looked like.

Rumors of his ugliness proliferated. The North Carolina newspaper The Newbern Weekly Progress wrote that Lincoln was “coarse, vulgar and uneducated,” while the Houston Telegraph opined that he was “the leanest, lankiest, most ungainly mass of legs, arms and hatchet face ever strung upon a single frame. He has most unwarrantably abused the privilege which all politicians have of being ugly.”

One woman, Mary Boykin, claimed Lincoln was “grotesque in appearance, the kind who are always at the corner stores, sitting on boxes, whittling sticks, and telling stories as funny as they are vulgar.” In fact, many Democrats sang an anti-Lincoln rallying cry that concluded with: “We beg and pray you— Don’t, for God’s sake, show his picture.”

Though the rumors of Lincoln’s ugliness stayed mostly within Democratic circles, Lincoln was not anxious to let the idea spread. So he turned to Mathew Brady, a well-known photographer with a studio on Pennsylvania Avenue. In many ways, Brady was perfect: though Brady himself had bad vision and did not take many of his own photos, he “conceptualized images, arranged the sitters, and oversaw the production of pictures.” Plus, according to the New York Times, Brady was “not averse to certain forms of retouching.”

In February 1860, just before Lincoln gave the Cooper Union Address that would help secure him the Republican presidential nomination, Brady had Lincoln pose for what would soon become one of the first widely disseminated photographs of the future president.

BELOW: Lincoln Cooper Union photo, 1860
Lincoln Cooper Union photo, 1860 LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/LC-DIG-NPCC-28318

Colonel Robert Gould Shaw’s Missing Civil War Sword Found

Colonel Robert Gould Shaw’s Missing Civil War Sword Found
By Louisa Moller, WBZ-TV
July 12, 2017 11:55 PM

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Click here for more on Shaw and the 54th Massuchusetts

BOSTON (CBS) – The long lost sword of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the commanding officer of the North’s first all-black regiment during the Civil War, has been acquired by the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Shaw led the 54th Massachusetts Infantry into battle at Fort Wagner, South Carolina, in 1863. He was killed on the battlefield and his body was robbed of the sword.

The sword was recovered in 1865 and returned to Shaw’s parents. But it disappeared again until it was recently discovered in a North Shore family attic by Mary Minturn Wood and her brother, descendants of Shaw’s sister, Susanna.

“I said, uh oh. There are three initials on it: RGS. And he went, oh, this is the sword,” Wood said.

The family decided to gift the sword to the Massachusetts Historical Society where it is now in the hands of curator, Anne Bentley.

“It’s just a magnificent specimen of a sword and it’s exactly what a colonel would carry in a war,” Bentley said.

For Bentley, the sword represents more than a weapon of war. It signifies the bravery of an African American regiment.

“What they did is they proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that they were as courageous and honorable and steadfast as any white regiment,” Bentley said.

The sword will be on display to the public at the Massachusetts Historical Society on July 18th.

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/07/12/robert-gould-shaw-civil-war-sword-found/

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National Park Senior Pass to Jump to $80 on August 28

WASHINGTON – In order to meet requirements set by legislation passed by Congress in December 2016, the price of the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass will increase from $10 to $80. The change will take effect August 28, 2017. Pass holders are given lifetime access to more than 2,000 sites and parks. The fee increase will support critical investments in maintenance projects at national parks and federal recreational lands nationwide.
 
The Senior Pass has cost $10 since 1994. Until August 28, U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are 62 years or older can purchase the lifetime Senior Pass for $10. Previously purchased lifetime Golden Age or Senior Passes will be honored for the lifetime of the pass holder.
 
The Senior Pass can be used at sites managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Funds from passes are used to enhance the visitor experience and support priority projects and programs.
 
The pass can be purchased for $10 before August 28 at a national park or other Federal recreation area that charges an entrance or standard amenity (day use) fee. The pass can also be obtained by mail or on line, for $10 before August 28 but there will be an additional $10 charge for processing, for a total of $20. Due to expected high order volume, there could be delays with online and mail order processing of up to several months.
 
The legislation requires that the price of the lifetime Senior Pass be the same as the Interagency Annual Pass, which is currently $80. The legislation also introduces a new annual Senior Pass that can be purchased for $20. Seniors who purchase annual Senior Passes for four years can trade them in for a lifetime Senior Pass at no additional charge.
 
The Senior Pass covers all entrance fees and standard amenity (day use) fees and may provide senior discounts for things such as tours or campsites. The pass also waives the entrance fee for travelling companions. At per-vehicle fee sites, the pass admits the pass holder and all passengers in a noncommercial vehicle. At a per-person fee site, the pass admits the pass holder and three other adults. Children under 16 are always admitted free.

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Paoli Battlefield Advocates Seek National Landmark Status

{While not Civil War, this nearby Revolutionary War Battlefield is of local significance.}

The following appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on July 10:

Advocates shoot for moon in fight to make Paoli Battlefield national landmark
 

JULY 10, 2017
by Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer   mbond@phillynews.com

Supporters have uncovered fresh evidence to buttress their case for making the Main Line site of a Revolutionary War battle a national landmark, but ironically, a major victory they won two decades ago might have slowed progress.

To spare the land from bulldozers, in 1999 the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund purchased the 40-acre tract, where British forces killed at least 53 Americans and wounded more than 150 in 1777, and secured a place on the National Register of Historic Places as a site of “local” significance.

With development pressures building, pursuing that designation saved valuable time as opposed to the more-prolonged process of proving “national” significance. “We were up against the gun,” Bruce Knapp, the fund’s president, said.

But after advocates applied two years ago to make the battlefield a National Historic Landmark, they found they had to overcome the federal government’s skepticism about so knighting Paoli when two decades before supporters had argued for its “local” importance. To make the elite list of the nation’s roughly 2,500 landmark sites, the government has to deem a property significant to all Americans, such as Washington’s Headquarters in Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Making the battlefield a landmark would be significant for raising grant money and local tourism.

Knapp compared his group’s efforts to jump from the register’s local designation to landmark status as akin to launching a space mission to Mars without first trying to land on the moon.

So his group has decided to shoot for the moon. It now is seeking a spot on the register’s list of nationally significant places, using some of a nearly $60,000 grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program. Earning a place on the register’s “national” list of more than 8,000 sites likely would make designation as a national landmark an easier sell. Knapp’s group already would have completed most of the necessary work.

Because of the additional research his group has commissioned, historians have found hundreds of references in the 1700s, 1800s, and early 1900s to the Paoli Massacre and the battle cry that followed: “Remember Paoli!”

“The United States has a unique tradition of following this template of ‘Remember Paoli,’ ” Knapp said, mentioning similarly formatted battle cries in the War of 1812, the Spanish-American War, and the world wars.

When the fund members submitted their application to a landmark committee in March 2015, they had dreamed that the U.S. Department of the Interior would name Paoli Battlefield a landmark before the April opening of Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution, thus luring history buffs visiting the area.

But Knapp and his associates are a patient bunch. He said they are “amazed and pleased” with the amount of new information they have uncovered in the last several years. He said his group won’t stop until Paoli Battlefield achieves national historic landmark status.

“It’s part of what this site deserves,” he said. “We’ll keep digging up stuff.”

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/paoli-battlefield-national-landmark-revolutionary-war-20170710.html?mobi=true

H.L.Hunley: More Clues Found

More human remains, clues found in Civil War submarine's conservation
Andreas Preuss and Phil Gast, CNN • Updated 9th June 2017
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https://hunley.org/

https://hunley.org/

     (CNN) — More clues of the H.L. Hunley mystery are being revealed during conservation of the American Civil War submarine.
     On Wednesday, researchers in a North Charleston, South Carolina, laboratory unveiled the crew compartment -- which had been sealed by more than a century of ocean exposure and encrusted sediment.
     "It's that 'wow' moment when you step back and realize what you're doing," Johanna Rivera, one of the conservators, told CNN affiliate WCIV-TV in Charleston.
     The Confederate Navy's Hunley was the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, sending the USS Housatonic to the ocean floor in February 1864. Five members of the Union vessel died; 150 others were rescued. But the Hunley also went down, with all eight crew members perishing.
     Conservation work is being done on the H.L. Hunley in a North Charleston, South Carolina, lab.
     The conservation work, which started after the Hunley was raised in 2000, has finally exposed the sub's entire crankshaft -- used to propel the vessel by hand.
     A tooth was found embedded in sediment on one of the crank handles. Officials said it wound up there "postmortem" after decomposition of one of the crew members.
     Inside, they also found remnants of textiles and a thin metal wrap around the hand crank -- showing how the crew operated the sub.
     "When you're turning an iron bar in front of you, or below you, you're going to need something to keep your hands from chafing or rubbing them raw," archaeologist Michael Scafuri told WCIV.
     The new findings give insight into how the submarine was operated, but the biggest mystery is still unsolved -- why did it sink after its successful, bold attack? An archaeological report issued earlier this year laid out six possible scenarios; a combination of factors may have doomed the innovative submarine.
     Since 2000, scientists, historians and a genealogist have studied the first submarine to sink an enemy vessel. The H.L. Hunley did just that more than 150 years ago, on February 17, 1864, during the American Civil War.
     One scenario holds that the Hunley was swamped by or struck by a Union vessel. Or that it plunged to the seafloor to avoid detection and never made it back up. A latch on the forward conning tower was found to be ajar.
     The Hunley's "torpedo" was attached to a spar. The crew embedded it in the Housatonic's hull, and the charge was detonated. It's possible the sub's hull was breached by the explosion or the men were rendered unconscious at some point.
     Nearly all of the human remains were found where the men were at their stations, rather than jammed together at an escape hatch. The remains were buried in 2004.
     Work on the Hunley will continue for at least another five to seven years.
     Conservators have concentrated on painstakingly removing the sediment -- or concretion -- that was firmly attached to the Hunley's exterior and cramped interior.
     After the process is finished, the submarine will be moved to a museum for display, though details have not been worked out.

Gettysburg Casino Proposal

NO CASINO  GETTYSBURG

June 14 was the last day for David LeVan to apply to the PA Horse Racing Commission, and that afternoon he announced: 
“I’ve decided against submitting an application. Unfortunately, the uncertainty surrounding the gaming expansion legislation in Harrisburg makes it impossible for me to commit to this project at this time.
… But I remain hopeful for our county's future.”

The Gaming legislation he cites is HB 271, passed by the House and in committee in the PA Senate now. LeVan says he is withdrawing because that law may change the current racino license to a stand-alone casino. If another license becomes available it is likely LeVan will apply for it.
We must remain vigilant!

At the Freedom Township Supervisors meeting last night the Supervisors approved the Referendum, and that will be on the November 7 Ballot.The Freedom residents decided they want to go ahead to forever prevent a racino, and demonstrate how strongly they disagree with any casino. 

The Referendum is allowed by the 2nd Class Township Code. The citizens who wanted it had to meet 2 criteria and they met both. The township No Casino residents are represented by attorney Susan Smith. Her legal opinion of the referendum question is at https://www.nocasinogettysburg.org/assets/Opinion_Letter_Racetrack_final.pdf  To meet the criteria for the referendum, the proposed racetrack needed to be within 50 AIR MILES of the center of Penn National Race Track in Grantville, PA. The surveyors found it is exactly 49.55 air miles! Here is the map done by surveyors. https://www.nocasinogettysburg.org/assets/Final_No_Casino_Gettysburg_Survey_Maps.pdf

The referendum question requires a YES answer.
It asks, in complex language,
Shall horse races run by corporations be prohibited in Freedom Township? The answer we want is YES!
The vote is Tuesday Nov. 7, 2017. 

No Casino Gettysburg and the residents of Freedom Township are glad that Mr. LeVan has realized that he would have lost the upcoming referendum. If he believes he can apply for another casino license in Freedom Township or anywhere within 10 miles of the Gettysburg National Military Park, he underestimates the local, state and national opposition.  Ouronline petition has reached 9,400 signatures, and will be used when or if LeVan submits another proposal.
He has never received a single vote from the Pa Gaming Control Board in 12 years of trying. Our hope is that he will give up completely on this bad idea.

Thank you for fighting for Freedom Township and for supporting No Casino Gettysburg!

No Casino Gettysburg
e-mail: ncgettysburg@centurylink.net

One Hundred Nights of Taps play over Gettysburg National Cemetery

‘One Hundred Nights of Taps’ plays over Gettysburg

New, daily event, will bring iconic bugle call to Gettysburg National Cemetery

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania –   The notes of Taps will fill the air over the hallowed grounds of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, this summer as the famous 24-note call is sounded in honor of those who have served our nation.

The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, in partnership with Gettysburg National Military Park and Taps for Veterans, have announced “One Hundred Nights of Taps” each evening at 7 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day in the Gettysburg National Cemetery in Gettysburg.

“This is a unique opportunity for visitors to Gettysburg to reflect and honor those who not only fought during the American Civil War, but through all wars – before and after,” said Wendy Allen, Vice President of The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and co-owner of the Lincoln Into Art gallery. “Gettysburg and the Gettysburg National Cemetery are special, solemn places, and we are humbled to bring this experience each and every night this summer.”

Allen and the Lincoln Fellowship recruited renowned bugler and bugle historian Jari Villanueva to assemble a team of buglers for this 100-evening event. Among the buglers signed up to perform are military veterans, Civil War re-enactor buglers, community band members, high school and college students and music teachers.

“There is no greater way for buglers to express their appreciation to those who have served than to sound Taps,” said Villanueva. “For over 150 years, this call has defined our nation’s solemn tribute to Americans.

The evening bugle call will take place at the Soldiers’ National Monument within the cemetery – often believed to mark the location of President Abraham Lincoln’s immortal “Gettysburg Address” in November 1863.

Gettysburg National Cemetery is home to more than 3,500 Union Army veterans as well as veterans from more recent wars. Visitors from around the world tour these hallowed grounds to pay respects to the fallen soldiers as well as honor one of America’s most famous speeches.

The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania was formed in 1938 to observe each anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, to fittingly commemorate the anniversary of the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery in Gettysburg and Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address.” In addition, the Fellowship, preserves and makes more readily accessible the landmarks associated with Lincoln’s life and ancestry within Pennsylvania and actively encourage the youth of Pennsylvania to embrace his ideals.

Recommended parking as at the Gettysburg National Cemetery Lot on Taneytown Road.

Taps for Veterans is an organization that facilitates locating competent, trained buglers to perform the honorable duty of sounding Taps at military funerals and ceremonies.

Gettysburg National Military Park preserves, protects and interprets for this and future generations the resources associated with the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, during the American Civil War, the Soldiers' National Cemetery, and their commemorations. Learn more at www.nps.gov/gett

For more information or to sign up to perform, visit www.lincolnfellowship.wildapricot.org

Destination Gettysburg, the official destination marketing organization, markets Gettysburg – Adams County as a premier travel destination, producing a positive economic impact.