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Editor's Letter

Summer is waning and making room for beautiful autumn in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. At The Gettysburg Experience , we again bring you more historic articles, delicious fall recipes, and our newly updated Calendar of Events – beginning on page 11 of this issue.   Read More >

The George Weikert Farm"Those Awful Days"

Attempting to sort out where some Gettysburg families originated is difficult, especially when so many distantly related kinsmen have the same names. Such is the case with the Weikert families in Gettysburg and the surrounding farms in Cumberland Township – which were found standing in the middle of the Battle of Gettysburg during the summer of 1863.  Read More >

A Post-Gettysburg Memory 

The Gettysburg Campaign ended on July 14, 1863 when General Lee and his army slipped across the Potomac. They had been stranded on the banks for days, waiting for the swollen waters of the river to ebb after torrential rains.

 A veteran from the 4th Texas regiment remembered the occasion:   Read More >

J.S. Smith: Something for Everybody

For 34 years, Jude and Janet Smith have owned and operated one of Gettysburg’s most unique shops. J.S. Smith Company, named for Janet Sarah Smith, opened its doors on May 17, 1983 in Old Gettysburg Village, at 777 Baltimore Street. Because they opened so close to summer, “We had a crowd before we even knew how to handle a crowd,” Jude remembers.   Read More >

Decade by Decade: 100 Years of History

As the years pass and the millennia unfold, we begin to realize that a century is not a very long time. Here are the past ten decades, marked by the years that end in the number seven, and the history that was made in those years.

The year 1917 was a time marked by war and devastation. The Great War had been ongoing in Europe since 1914. In early 1917, as Woodrow Wilson began his second term in the White House, the Zimmerman Letter was passed from Great Britain to the United States. It was a missive that destroyed any hope for our nation to remain neutral. In the letter, the German author, Zimmerman, wrote to the Mexican ambassador, promising to give the Mexican nation the southwestern part of the United States if they would declare war on their neighbor to the north. The letter was published, the country enraged, and in April Congress declared war on Germany.  Read More >

J.B. Robertson: The Man From Independence 

In the late afternoon of July 2, 1863, the heat of the day exacerbated the condition of the men of Longstreet’s Corps. The men had endured strenuous marching over the mountains; and, in addition to scant rest, they had received no rations and little water. With many unshod as well, the men marched resolutely toward Gettysburg.  Read More >

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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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