150th Gettysburg Reenactment Latest News
November 8, 2012
150th Gettysburg National Reenactment Land Owners Bring Commitment, Experience & Resources to the Event
The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee, the community, visitors and reenactors are fortunate to have the Redding and Entwistle families committed to the 150th Gettysburg National Civil War Reenactment. Their combined farms total approximately 1,000 acres. The two farms provide a delightful mix of fields, woods, slopes, hills and a stream for a large event. The two families proved to be wonderful and gracious hosts for the Gettysburg 145th Reenactment and consider themselves partners with organizers, community and reenactors.
The Gettysburg 145th, with approximately 13,000 reenactors, has provided a unique and invaluable opportunity for organizers, landowners and commanders to tweak logistics on an expanding event footprint. CSA camping has been expanded to the west and the battlefield has been expanded to the north. For reenactors who have been to reenactments on this site before, there is no need to explain the amount of resources, equipment, experience and hospitality the Redding and Entwistle families commit. They enjoy the event, enjoy interacting with the reenactors and understand the event and their important partnership role.
You may see Dave Redding at any time, driving a Reenactor shuttle, parking cars, throwing hay, fixing equipment, running the brush cat or trouble shooting various problems. Sons Pat and Doug will be continually helping to skillfully supply many of the logistics that reenactors and their mounts require. If you walk into the professional Command Center, daughter, Crissy Redding, will be in the front, acting as an administrative assistant and keeping a thousand people, things and inquiries sorted out, as well as giving everyone the hug that most of us need during the event. There is a good chance you will see Barb Entwistle and her granddaughters on the front porch of her beautiful, historic home in their period dresses and bonnets. Jim and Barb will be cheering on the troops as they march in mass between their house and barn.
As the availability of appropriate land for large reenactments rapidly decreases due to urban encroachment, cost and permitting requirements, please respect these properties and the owners; leave the land better than you found it and take the time to say, “Thank You,” to these wonderful land owners who are allowing us as guests on their properties.
Site preparations have been underway for the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Reenactment since 2008. The Gettysburg 145th reenactment was a valuable dry run with 13,000 reenactors. Organizers have expanded the site footprint by acquiring additional CSA camping to the west and additional battlefield to the North. Crews are in the process of expanding the stone wall for Pickett’s Charge and the Angle.
Improved roads, walking paths and camp clearing are all underway. Approximately 15 huge mounds of firewood are being positioned and seasoned. Reenactors who have been to GAC events know that Reenactor logistics, resources and amenities are second to none.
Honoring Reenactors attending the 100th Anniversary
The 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Reenactment is a special event to many reenactors for a variety of reasons. We have had several requests by reenactors who attended the 100th Gettysburg Anniversary in 1963 if we were planning any form of recognition. The answer is Yes! Upon registering and indicating to us that you were at the 100th Gettysburg, during the 150th Gettysburg National Reenactment you will be recognized with a special pin, a proclamation from the State Senate of Pennsylvania and will be honored at the Pickett’s Charge wall with a 100-gun salute. We understand this may be a farewell for some of you. It is both an honor and a pleasure for us to recognize your 50-year commitment to the hobby!
Special Participant’s Medal
As a special thank you to the reenactors that are participating in the 150th Anniversary, we will be unveiling a participant’s medal that will be given to each registered Reenactor. Stay tuned to see the final design of this medal and make sure you register so that way you can take home a piece of history for the 150th Anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg.
Prelude to the 150th National Reenactment Events
The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee, with their local resources and experience, has several very exciting and unique events planned for the weekend preceding the 150th Gettysburg National Civil War Reenactment for a limited number of participants. Our relationship with local entities and the respect we have earned, allow us to offer these opportunities. We are now refining the details with the entities and our commanders. We will have more information on this Prelude to the 150th National Reenactment in the next E-Blast and on our website!