Learn about Gettysburg this summer

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Summer programs will continue through Aug. 18 at Gettysburg National Military Park. All programs are free.

Schedules are available at the park Visitor Center, 97 Taneytown Road, Gettysburg, Pa. The center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the summer season.

Civil War Soldier. Over 160,000 soldiers participated in the Battle of Gettysburg. Find out why they enlisted, why they fought, and what they endured during the four years of the American Civil War.

The Hard Hand of War. The American Civil War affected more than just the soldiers on the battlefield. This 50-minute program examines the enormous impacts of the war on the entire population, both Northern and Southern.

Casualties of War. There were over 27,000 soldiers wounded in the Battle of Gettysburg. Learn how they were treated in this program on Civil War Medicine.

A Visit to the Past. Step back in time with costumed interpreters who portray men and women who witnessed and participated in the events of 1863 at Gettysburg. Programs offered daily in the National Cemetery and Cyclorama Center.

Join the Army. Children become involved in the life and hardships of the common Civil War soldier during this one-hour program. For ages 7-12. Sign up at the Cyclorama Center information desk.

The First Day. A 50-minute program that explores why the battle occurred at Gettysburg and how the fighting on July 1 shaped the rest of the battle.

The Second Day. This 50-minute program discusses the events and actions which resulted in some of the most desperate fighting of the American Civil War.

The Third Day and Beyond. The Confederate attack upon Cemetery Ridge on July 3, 1863, popularly known as “Pickett’s Charge,” is one of the most well known events in United States military history.

But what did its outcome mean for the Union and Confederacy?

National Cemetery. A 35-minute guided walk that explores the meaning and cost of the Battle of Gettysburg, and of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

Little Round Top. Possibly one of the most famous hills in American history, Little Round Top figured importantly in the action on July 2.

For more information contact Gettysburg National Military Park at 717-334-1124, ext. 422 or 431 or visit the park Web site at www.nps.gov/gett.

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