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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
As the 151st anniversary of Lincoln's visit to Gettysburg approaches, we at The Gettysburg Experience hope to commemorate this time of remembrance with an array of historical articles, delicious fall recipes, and our updated Calendar of Events -- which includes many Remembrance Day and holiday events. Read More

Unseen Wounds: The Story of William Homer Wilson
As the guns of war grew silent across the fields of battle -- North and South -- in 1865, those who had survived the fratricidal Civil War returned home to their families and attempted to adjust to a life of peace and prosperity. Some were able to do it. Others, though, were not as fortunate. One of these, out of many thousands who found life difficult to endure was a young man named William Homer Wilson.
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The Ragged Edge Roasting Company: A Culinary Passion
When Chad Close left the area for college in the Pacific Northwest several years ago, he planned on earning a law degree. After studying regularly in Seattle coffee houses -- as students do -- he became enthralled with the seemingly endless selections of coffee and their nations of origin. “There are so many ways to brew to accentuate a particular origin,” he says. “And each different taste is an entirely new, culinary experience. It’s more than just having a cup in the morning to get going.”
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The Land of Lincoln
Although the vestiges of some American icons may fade over time, it appears that with Abraham Lincoln, the legacy remains strong, and is growing. While the state of Illinois uses the motto "The Land of Lincoln"; in travels across the United States, we have seen that our entire nation has a little bit of Lincoln in just about every state. Forty-eight of the fifty states, and the District of Columbia, have the Lincoln name in some permanent fashion. While for some of the following the name was there long before the 16th President came along, the majority of these places are named in his memory. Most are found in small towns (with at least one exception), but there are quite a few counties and some significant landmarks:

In Alabama, the town of Lincoln is located just north of Interstate 20 in the eastern part of the state, about fifty miles from the Georgia Border.
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The Poet of Cemetery Hill
Visitors to Gettysburg's Cemetery Hill are often seen stopping to read the stirring lines of a poem that borders the graves of the slain from the Battle of Gettysburg. The inspired poem, The Bivouac of the Dead, is an elegy to the honored dead found in many National Cemeteries. It is also found at Arlington, Shiloh, Petersburg, and Antietam, to name a few. In final resting places from Boston to South Carolina, the words of a now obscure poet have been immortalized. The author, Theodore O'Hara, was a man whose talent deserves to be better known and thus better appreciated.
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November 1864: Into The Shadows
There were several pivotal moments in the Civil War that shaped the future of the struggling nation, but two were at the forefront. The first was the epic Battle of Gettysburg in the summer of 1863, the second and last time that General Lee invaded the North -- both without success. The second occurred on November 8, 1864 -- Election Day for the Union states. It was dark and rainy in Washington as voters went to the polls. The future of the entire nation, including the non-voting 1/3 that had seceded, hung in the balance. Abraham Lincoln was understandably uneasy. "I am very far from being certain," Lincoln confided to Noah Brooks. "I wish I were more certain."
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