2nd re-enactment of Battle of Gettysburg begins

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A second re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg is set to begin this Fourth of July as the National Park Service wraps up its commemorative programs for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s pivotal encounter.

More than 10,000 history buffs are expected at the four-day re-enactment on the Redding Farm outside of this small south-central Pennsylvania town. Re-enactors and local organizers say this event is expected to be bigger in scale and more visually appealing to the public.

The first re-enactment last weekend was billed as an event targeted to the dedicated hobbyist.

The North’s victory over Confederate troops at Gettysburg July 1-3, 1863, turned the tide in the Civil War. Park Service programs Thursday are focused on the battle’s aftermath, including the stories of prisoners and town residents.

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