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Editor's Letter

The month of May is always welcome in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  At The Gettysburg Experience , we celebrate its arrival with an array of historic articles, old-fashioned recipes, and our newly updated Calendar of Events – all beginning on page 11 of this issue.  Read More >

Camp Colt: Gettysburg in the Great War

The battlefield at Gettysburg has long been a place of pilgrimage – almost from the moment the roar of artillery and crackle of musketry were silenced.  It has been carefully preserved from the time of the Civil War, a fact which made the former fields of contest practicable and necessary for future wars.  In 1918, with American troops involved in the Great War, Gettysburg was again called upon.  For nine months, the rolling fields and rocky hills – which closely resembled the terrain in France and Belgium – were perfectly suited for a new training ground for the war’s new weapon:  the tank.  Read More >

Horror of War: The Hummelbaugh House

As the Battle of Gettysburg raged for three days, many of those who owned farms south of town hurriedly left their properties.  As the wounded and dying grew more populous, barn doors were taken from hinges and used for operating tables, the fields were filled with human debris, and every edifice was filled to overflowing with suffering and expiring soldiers.  The Jacob Hummelbaugh House, located on Cemetery Ridge behind the Union lines, was one of many that witnessed the indescribably horrors of war.  Read More >

Artworks: Tomorrow's Heirlooms

For those searching for old-fashioned, hand-crafted Pennsylvania treasures, there is no need to drive to Lancaster – and for those looking for the newest trends, don’t drive to Philadelphia.  Artworks, an eclectic blend of both, is one of Gettysburg’s great treasures, located at 30 York Street, just a half block from Lincoln Square.  Read More >

Memorial Day in Gettysburg: "The Secrets of Eternity"

For many years, Gettysburg has been a place for remembering those who came before us.   The world famous crossroads town began its annual national commemoration of the holiday known then as Decoration Day on May 30, 1868.  On May 5th of that year General John A. Logan, who served at the time as Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued Rule #11.  It said in part:  “ The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land .” 
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Alfred Scales: Reckoning at Gettysburg

In the whirling inferno known to history as Gettysburg, thirty-four men carrying the rank of general officer fell as casualties, either killed, wounded, or captured.  One of them, Brigadier General Alfred Scales, took nearly his entire brigade with him on the casualty lists.  Known by a fellow commander as “ a man as gallant as is to be found in the service ”, he was not universally liked by the men who served under him due to his dour, often critical and circumspect manner.  Nevertheless, Scales was a devoted soldier to the Confederacy, which he proved throughout the war.  It was at Gettysburg, however, that he and his brigade faced disaster and near annihilation, on the first and third days of July 1863.  Read More >

A Mistaken Identity

When Robert Adams of the 47th Alabama Regiment walked in the heat toward Gettysburg, he was reminded of an incident the year before, when the elements played havoc with his health – and brought him to an experience he never forgot.

As part of Evander Law’s Alabama Brigade, Adams, like the rest of the troops, was used to privation.  The inclement spring of 1862, however, wore him down and soon he became desperately ill.  He was taken to an old mill outside of Richmond, which served as an improvised hospital, where he shook with chills and a high temperature.  Fearful that pneumonia had set in, a doctor, laden with many other wounded and ailing young men, watched him through the night.  Read More >

Recipes, Yesterday, & Today >


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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. 
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