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The Gettysburg Experience
magazine, a publication exploring the Gettysburg of yesterday and today. We offer an array of interesting articles – most of which have a direct relation to historic Gettysburg from the Colonial era through the turn of the 21st century, often with an emphasis on the famous battle that occurredin the summer of 1863.

The Gettysburg Experience also offers a comprehensive Events Calendar (for those who want to know what special happenings to attend when they visit – any time of the year), delicious recipes, Gettysburg trivia, profiles of people and area businesses.

Having served the Gettysburg area since 1997, The Gettysburg Experience now extends our magazine to a wider circulation of readers, offering a glimpse into one of America’s most fascinating towns.

This Month's Headlines:

Editor's Letter
After the long winter we endured in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, it is hard to believe that summer has arrived and we are once again at the anniversary of the epic Battle of Gettysburg. At The Gettysburg Experience, we are eager to bring you a collection of historic articles, delicious recipes, and our updated Calendar of Events to help you commemorate this historic time of year.
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The Remains of the Day
The Battle of Gettysburg was the worst conflict to date on American soil. The grisly aftermath, however, was every bit as haunting and devastating as the terror of the fight. Here are a few stories, documented by those who saw what came after, in what could be termed the remains of the ghastliest of days in American history that occurred during the month of July in 1863:
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The Horse You Rode In On: Remembering Heroes
Some veterans of the Civil War were not human. Nearly one million horses and mules were casualties of America’s most horrific war. To honor their memory, and for those who simply love horses, The Horse You Rode In On is definitely a place to visit.

Formerly Wilderness Lodge, The Horse You Rode In On is located at 1 Steinwehr Avenue, near the intersection with Baltimore Street in Gettysburg. Proprietors Dave and Sue Higgins love horses and it shows. Their amply filled two-story shop reflects their intense interest in everything equine. The second floor boasts a tack and supply room, offering saddles, bridles, stirrups, dusters, blankets, and horse care items – most of them made in Pennsylvania.
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The Memoirs of Abraham Lincoln- An Award Winning Portrayal Returns to Pennsylvania
One hundred and fifty years after he left us, Abraham Lincoln is back.  Veteran actor Granville Van Dusen reprises his role as the 16th President of the United States, and is returning to historic Pennsylvania in a final portrayal, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the final days in the life of Abraham Lincoln.
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July 1865: A New Beginning
As June faded into July in the summer of 1865, two full years had passed since the Battle of Gettysburg. With the organization of the Soldiers' Orphan Homestead in Gettysburg, the city of York was impressed to do the same with thousands of fatherless children. Many had also lost their mothers; and many widows could not afford to raise their children without a husband to support them. The children suffering in these cases were also sent to orphanages in the summer after the war ended. In Gettysburg, in order to allow one widow to keep her three young children, Philinda Humiston, the widow of Gettysburg soldier Amos Humiston of the 154th New York Infantry, filled the position of the first headmistress of Gettysburg's orphanage, located on Baltimore Street.
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The Man Who Saved Little Round Top
On Thursday, July 2, 1863, times grew desperate for the Union as the Confederates attacked their left flank. To make matters worse, the men forming the left flank had moved, against orders from General Meade. The Union Third Corps commander, General Dan Sickles, had preferred the gently sloping knoll near the Emmitsburg Road that was covered by hundreds of peach trees owned by Gettysburg farmer Jacob Sherfy; and had moved the majority of his corps there. When Confederate general James Longstreet saw that the Union line of deployment had shifted to the Emmitsburg Road, he noticed that a rock-strewn spur, the key to the Union position, appeared empty of troops. Deciding not to wait for the rest of his corps to arrive, Longstreet immediately launched an attack.
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