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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
It hardly seems possible that the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War is now upon us. We at The Gettysburg Experience have been planning this issue for four years. So much happened during the month of April in 1865, and our articles for the current issue mirror that eventful month in American history.
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Lincoln's Last Day
It was Friday, April 14, 1865 – Good Friday – and for Abraham Lincoln it seemed a very good day. Three days earlier, on April 11, General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia had ceremoniously and sorrowfully laid down their weapons of war at Appomattox Court House. When the news was known in Washington, Lincoln gave an impromptu speech from a White House balcony to an anxious crowd on the lawn below.
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April 1865: A Dark Victory
As March turned into April in the year 1865, the spring weather pelted the brown fields with rain. The dreary elements echoed the low spirits felt by most people in the South. The Confederate defensive lines at Petersburg were manned sparsely, with most of the men too weak from hunger to fight. Desertions occurred daily. General John Gordon from Georgia remembered that his troops were "stretched until the men stood like a row of vedettes, fifteen feet apart…It was not a line, it was the skeleton of a line." Mary Chesnut, a refugee from her native South Carolina, was alarmed at the lack of Confederate soldiers left to the South. "Nine-tenths of our army are underground," she wrote. "Where is another to come from? Will they wait until we grow one?"1
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From Gettysburg to the Gallows
He was a striking sight, even amidst the bedlam of the makeshift hospital at Pennsylvania College in the days following the Battle of Gettysburg.The towering teenaged Confederate POW, detailed as a nurse despite his own wounded wrist, took to his new duties so enthusiastically that his patients knew him as "Doc".Those who encountered him noted his powerful build, conspicuously handsome face, and sympathetic manner.
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Ford Theater & Gettysburg
April 15th, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of one of the darkest days in American history – the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was shot the evening before by the actor John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater on Tenth Street, a place both men had frequented in an historic area of Washington, D.C.
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Remembering Appomattox
April 9, 1865 is one of the most memorable days in American history. It is the day, for all intents and purposes, that the Civil War was considered ended. The famous Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, led by the redoubtable Robert E. Lee, agreed to surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at the tiny hamlet of Appomattox Court House in southern Virginia.
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