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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:

JULY 2014

Editor's Letter
The 151st anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg has arrived, and those of us at The Gettysburg Experience hope that this issue will help enrich the history of this amazing place for you. In addition to our updated Calendar of Events, beginning on page 11, and our recipes on page 77, we also have an interesting array of articles, carefully researched and documented, for your enjoyment. Read More >

A World War II Veteran Remembers
Chuck Caldwell lives by the motto "Once a Marine, Always a Marine."

Born in Illinois in 1923, he was the only son and second child of George and Ellen Hawk Caldwell. His sister, Barbara, was four years older. The family lived in various states throughout Chuck's early years, including Texas, Missouri, Florida, and Ohio.
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The 151st Pennsylvania at 151: A Remembrance
The day after Christmas in 1886, General Abner Doubleday sat down at his writing desk to reply to an inquiry from a veteran who had served under his command at Gettysburg. "We are neither of us likely to forget that 1st day of July 1863, which did so much to save our northern cities from the grasp of the invader, and to protect our people from the great sin of slavery," he opened. The recipient of the letter, James Norris, a veteran of the 151st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, staunchly believed that his regiment deserved more recognition for their pivotal role during the first day of the three-day battle at Gettysburg.
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The House of Time: The Last of the Masters
Clocks have served humanity for centuries, and they were built to last. Gettysburg is home to one of the last of the old time clock and watch makers and repairmen -- preserving pieces of history well into the 21st century. Jim Michaels, proprietor of House of Time, Inc., at 17 Lincoln Square is one of the last of the era.
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Faith's Eyewitness: Dr. Michael Jacobs & The Battle of Gettysburg
Imagine that you are a clergyman, and a professor of mathematics and science at a college in a small town. You are used to having things predictable, to having them make sense. Then, something terrible descends upon your town. The Civil War -- now in its third year -- arrives on your doorstep in Gettysburg.
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July 1864: Deadly Endeavors
Gettysburg. This hallowed ground has come to embody the American ideals of courage, sacrifice, and freedom. For the roughly 170,000 soldiers who struggled here on July 1-3, 1863, it delivered only terror, anguish, and death. The common soldier on both sides of the conflict carried little idealism into combat it was all about survival. For loved ones on the home front it ushered in another period of anxiety and dread. They hoped for the best and prepared for the worst, trusting that the future rested in God's hands. One year after the Battle of Gettysburg, the war continued its fatal work; and both the Union and the Confederacy felt its continuously devastating effects. The broken nation passed a somber Independence Day. Abraham Lincoln signed into law some exclusions in the Enrollment Act, which removed the ability of some Northern men the benefit of paying someone else to replace them in the ranks for the sum of $300. That same day, Congress passed the Pension Act of 1864: offering compensation for the widows and orphans of Union slain. It also provided an income for Civil War soldiers who were maimed or blinded, or suffered long-term after-effects of their service.1
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Pickett's Charge is undoubtedly one of the most famous moments of the Civil War. Fought during the afternoon of July 3, 1863 at Gettysburg, the attack on the Federal center was ordered by Robert E. Lee to break the Union lines and win the battle for the Confederacy. Known officially as Longstreet's Assault, there were at least three divisions of infantry making the charge. Pickett was the commander of one of those divisions.
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