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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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Editor's Letter
As summer wanes in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, we at The Gettysburg Experience are ready to welcome the approach of autumn. With the annual return to school, we offer an interesting selection of articles for the student of history -- with a special emphasis on Gettysburg.
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A Presidential Passage
By October 1794, George Washington was in his second term as President of the United States. Already burdened by the intricacies of leading the newly experimental government of the people, Washington was deeply troubled by the escalating disregard for a newly enacted law by instigators in western Pennsylvania. The Whiskey Rebellion, as it was called, was in full exploitation, fomented by those who resented the taxation of their homemade liquors and whiskies. One of the ringleaders was David Bradford, a Revolutionary War general and local politician from Washington County, Pennsylvania, who had fought with General Washington in the quest for American independence from Britain. In the post-war years, Bradford had become a wealthy man -- he had earned a fortune from his whiskey making. He was known throughout the county by his sobriquet “Whiskey Dave”.
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The Round Barn A One Hundred Year Legacy
The year 1914 was a most eventful one on the world stage. A world war began. Strange weather caused cataclysmic earthquakes and significant storms. Aging Civil War veterans still survived. In Gettysburg, the 50th Reunion had ended, and the Lincoln Highway was being built. Just west of town, not far from where the new highway was forming, builders were busy erecting a round barrel barn, which still stands today on the Cashtown Road near Arendstville.
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October 1864: The Fall Approaches
As the last autumn of the war arrived, the weather alternated with warm days and cool nights along the thinning Confederate lines in Petersburg, Virginia. Grant’s well-fed and outfitted army clustered nearby in the continuing siege, while Sherman had vacated plans to follow Hood into Tennessee and resumed his infamous March to the Sea.
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Ike & Gettysburg: A Perfect Pair
On October 14, 1890, a baby boy was born in Texas, the third of what would be seven sons. His mother, the former Ida Stover, proclaimed that Dwight D. Eisenhower was her "most troublesome boy", largely because of his fiery temper. A storm raged the night he was born, Ida remembered, and perhaps this was a parallel as to why the boy who grew up to become a Supreme Allied Commander and a U.S. President had such a stormy nature.
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The Pink Journey of Lights
During the month of October, visitors to downtown Gettysburg and other areas of town will notice strands of pink decorating local establishments. It is part of the Pink Journey of Lights, in order to raise awareness and needed funds for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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Acts of Mercy on Seminary Ridge
After the smoke cleared from the battlefield at Gettysburg, misery, destruction, and death made up the bulk of what is remembered to history. Yet, in the midst of the horror of war and in the wake of battle, kindness and good deeds occurred and the better part of humanity was evident, even after the worst of contests. Gettysburg was by far the most sanguinary of American battles. Still, men who had been enemies on the field committed many acts of mercy and friendship after the boom of cannon and the crackle of musketry ceased.
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