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Posted By: Mark Hageman on: 07/24/2013 09:12:14 EDT|
Subject: 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment
The 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Reenactment is now just a memory- but what a fabulous memory it is! There were approximately eleven thousand reenactors, one hundred forty cannons, four hundred horses, and sixty thousand spectators over the four days. There were seventy cannons aside for Pickett's Charge - possibly the most ever on the field. The Wheatfield engagement on Friday and Pickett's Charge on Sunday can only be described as spectacular. The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee, the military command staff, and the living history staff were well aware that the|
excitement and expectations of the reenactors, visitors and the community was very high for this special event. As a matter of fact, over the top could be a more apt
description. That fact became even more obvious every day and every hour as we talked to visitors and reenactors from across the country and around the world; and they
expressed what the event meant to them. In the end it meant a lot of different things, to a lot of different people. Personally listening to all those reasons was revealing, satisfying and emotional. If you missed this event you missed one of the best reenactments ever!
It is with not one ounce of exaggeration that the positive comments, accolades and job well done remarks are coming in bunches from reenactors, Visitors and the
We must tell you - as a community organization that has worked tirelessly for 18 years to do these events responsibly - those comments and remarks are very gratifying given the significance, anticipation and dynamics for this event.
With all the aforementioned compliments, there was one compliment that was especially noteworthy and appreciated. At the officers soirée Saturday evening at the historic Entwistle homestead, ANV General Jake Jennette reflected on the week and made the following observation. General Jennette stated that in his 37 years of reenacting, this was the best event he had ever attended, including the numerous events he had personally organized or helped organize. He also commented that GAC listened to the reenactment community and followed through with every single thing they promised. That is high praise indeed! Thank you General Jennette! Also very worthy of notice and recognition was General Ron Palase leading his troops and defending the wall during Pickett's Charge for the last time. Well done and thank you, General Palese, for your 18 years of friendship and support!! We would also like to thank General Baldwin & General Gesuero and all their staffs, as well as our own GAC staff, living history coordinator Kirk Davis, as well as the Redding and Entwistle families, for their tireless efforts in the past year to help make this reenactment one to remember for a life-time for reenactors, visitors and the community. When you have a chance, give Generals Baldwin, Gesuero and LH coordinator Kirk Davis a pat on the back and personal thank you for their supreme effort in making this a great event for you!
Five Beneficiaries Receive Funding From National Reenactment
Randy Phiel (GAC) presents $10,000 check to Stan Clark (SGT MAC/National Wreath) while Tony Strickland, George Lomas (GAC), General Brian Gesuero, General Allen Baldwin and the other four event beneficiaries await their check presentation.
The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee had pledged to support five local preservations with proceeds from reenactor registration. We are very, very proud to report that commitment was fulfilled on the field Sunday, just prior to Pickett's Charge, when the principals of GAC, along with Generals Baldwin & Gesuero, presented $10,000
Make A Wish
We are proud that Make A Wish has been part of the GAC Reenactment for many years. It is one of the most rewarding aspects of the event for our staff and organization. This year we hosted the Trey Meyer family from Leroy, Illinois. Trey who is 14 years old and has cystic fibrosis, was thrilled to don his Federal Artillery coat, interact with the artillery and view the battles from a special viewing area. Special thank you to the Federal staff and Artillery Brigadier Col. Rick Dennis for making Trey's wish come true.
100th/150th Anniversary Participant Presentation
151st Gettysburg Anniversary Reenactment At Gettysburg Movie Site
Historic Sachs Mill Covered Bridge in view and adjacent to Gettysburg Movie Site site of 151st Gettysburg Reenactment.
GAC is proud to announce that next year's 2014 Gettysburg Annual Reenactment will return on July 4, 5 & 6 to the Gettysburg Movie Site on Pumping Station Road overlooking
Opportunities To Re-Live The 150th Gettysburg National Reenactment
For participants on the field that did not have an opportunity to experience an overview of the event and battles, or for those who could attend the reenactment,
Official 150th Gettysburg DVD
150th Gettysburg - Final Measure Of Devotion is the Gettysburg 150th DVD filmed at the 150th Gettysburg National Reenactment by award winning documentary film director and producer Rob Child. Rob is not new to historic film making and is well known internationally in that field. Rob's long list of acclaimed historic films and documentaries have received a long list of professional awards that include the 140th Gettysburg Reenactment video - Gettysburg Three Days Of Destiny, Wereth 11, Silent Wings, Lincoln & Lee At Antietam, USS Franklin - Honor Restored, and Gettysburg- The Boys In Blue & Gray to name just a few of his major accomplishments. Having seen some of the footage filmed by Rob's crew of twelve at the reenactment, we can promise spectacular footage edited to capture the essence of the event for a life-time of memories. Orders will be shipped in order received with shipping by Remembrance
Ceremonial Sword Presentation To Commanders
In appreciation for their unwavering work and leadership to make the 150th Gettysburg National Reenactment one of the best reenactments ever held, Tony Strickland and Randy Phiel (GAC) present ceremonial swords to Generals Allen Baldwin & General Brian Gesuero prior to Pickett's Charge.
It was our distinct pleasure to recognize and honor U.S. General Allen Baldwin & C.S General Brian Gesuero on the field prior to Pickett's Charge on Sunday at 3:15.
It is impossible to express our gratitude to General Baldwin & General Gesuero for their 150th efforts and leadership. On behalf of the reenactment community, the
Federal Commander's Post
To my Brothers and Sisters in Arms,
A heartfelt thank you for your participation, support and commitment to making this event a true success and one filled with many wonderful memories. I have always been a believer that a good leader surrounds himself with great people and that it is a privilege and honor to lead these people. Without the help, dedication and commitment of the Federal Headquarters Staff, their tireless efforts along with those of the Federal Divisional and Branch Commands and General Gesuero with his esteemed staff and the superior support of the GAC Staff, this event would have not been a reality, let alone a success. There were struggles and obstacles to overcome but due to the commitment and dedication of the staffs and GAC we were
In closing, thank you for allowing us to serve you. We could not provide an experience such as this event without all of your commitment to the hobby. See you on the field.
Your Obedient Servant,
Allen W. Baldwin
Commanding Federal Forces
Overall Military Command
Confederate Commander's Post
July 21, 2013
To my fellow reenactors,
I want to thank each and every one of you that stood with me and made the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment an event that we will
Many thanks to General Baldwin and his staff, Colonel Patrick Davis and my staff, General's Jennette and Bair and their staffs, General Nalls and his staff and General
It was an incredible experience for me. There were some incredible fights. I will never forget how the Wheatfield looked from behind the Confederate lines. I watched
Many thanks to the GAC and the Redding family. They delivered as promised. The shuttles ran just like we said they would. I saw four at one time in Confederate camp! Ice deliveries were constant. When we needed to, they were readjusted to make sure all got the ice they needed. The port o pots stayed clean with two trucks on site 24/7.
And a special thanks to the Confederate Forces. I rode the camps on Monday and they were pristine! Trash was bagged and taken to the port o johns. Firewood was stacked
I appreciate each and every one of you that helped to make this event a success and make me proud as the Confederate Commander. I hope to see you all in the field
I respectfully remain,