Every July in southern Pennsylvania, the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee makes history come alive, reenacting the turning point of the Civil War — the Battle of Gettysburg. Taking place over three days in early July 1863, the famous battle had the highest casualty count of any clash during the historic conflict. In an effort to honor those who gave their lives from both sides of the Civil War, the annual Gettysburg Reenactment & Historic Living Event recreates the battle in a series of interactive demonstrations that are shockingly true-to-life, including engaging conversations with performers espousing cultural perspectives of the Civil War experience — a must-do for every great American bucket list.
“Now we are engaged in a great Civil War, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure.” —
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln