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Battle of Gettysburg
The Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863, the “High Water Mark of the Rebellion,” was the Civil War’s biggest and bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties, or nearly one third of the 157,000 troops engaged there. More than 5,800 men from Massachusetts served at Gettysburg and played key roles in bringing about the Union victory that turned the tide of the War. Please join Volunteer Docents Carol Harper and Steve Pinkerton at Story Chapel on the sesquicentennial eve of the first day of fighting for a brief overview of the three-day battle, followed by a walking tribute to Mount Auburn’s Gettysburg veterans and a reading of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address at the monument to “the other speaker,” Edward Everett, at the consecration of the Gettysburg National Cemetery the following November.
Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.