Virus delays battle re-enactment to August | Covid-19

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The Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association (GBPA) is delaying a re-enactment and other events at their historic Daniel Lady Farm on Hanover Road (Pa. Route 116) east of Gettysburg.

The re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg in 2020 is set to take place from August 22nd to 23rd instead of July 4th to 5th, according to a press release published on Friday. The historic battle took place from July 1st to 3rd, 1863.

"We are aware of the multiple cancellations of civil war events across the country and we will do everything we can to provide reenactors and the public with civil war events as soon as we recover from the COVID 19 crisis," GBPA President Michael Cassidy quoted saying.

Kirk Davis, GBPA's vice president of operations, "is in contact with re-enactment units scheduled to participate in the battle re-enactments to develop procedures" to bring history back to life in Gettysburg, "the press release said.

The house and barn of the historic Daniel Lady Farm, which served as the field hospital during the Battle of Culp & # 39; s Hill, will be open for tours with appropriate social distancing on event weekends, according to the press release.

The campsites for scout groups and re-enactors have reopened in accordance with state instructions and guidelines, according to the press release.

All events and activities continue to be subject to Adams County's reopening status and all orders and guidelines issued by the Governor, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the U.S. Center for Disease Control as per the news release.

Events, reenactment scenarios and life story planning will be adjusted as posted to accommodate reenactment and visitors as per applicable COVID 19 rules and guidelines.

According to the publication, the autumn battle at the Battle of Antietam / Sharpsburg is planned for September 12th to 13th at Daniel Lady Farm.

The annual Civil War Artifacts exhibit, usually held in late June, has been postponed to September 26-27 at the Eisenhower All Star Complex, 2638 Emmitsburg Road.

GBPA Vice President Brendan Synnamon, coordinator of the event, "is working closely with the Eisenhower Complex to ensure the event complies with Pennsylvania guidelines for COVID 19 control," the press release said.

Reenactors, ticket holders and the general public can find more information at

The GBPA is a 501c3 not for profit organization dedicated to battlefield preservation and education.

Beck event canceled

Another reenactment planned for this summer was canceled late last year. Dustin Heisey led a new group effort to host an anniversary event July 3-5 in Freedom Township. The group still hoped to do so in 2021, Heisey said in December.

The cancellation arose from plans for an event by national radio host Glenn Beck on the same weekend, Heisey said. That event would have created traffic, hotel and safety challenges for a reenactment, Heisey said.

Beck's event was also canceled "due to the COVID-19 pandemic," according to his website

Last December, Beck hoped that a “100 percent apolitical” religious event would bring 30,000 people to various locations in the Gettysburg area.

However, according to the website, Gettysburg remains part of a train and bus tour of historical sites that Beck has planned from June 29 to July 5.

The tour is limited to 200 people. According to the website, a single ticket is $ 9,500 and group rates.

The itinerary includes a bus to Gettysburg and activities here July 3-4, including battlefield tours and a gala dinner.

In September 2019, the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee (GAC) announced that it would not host an event in 2020 after a quarter of a century annually. The group noted a decrease in reenactment due to the age of the typical hobbyist, changing audience interests, and the weather-related challenges of hosting outdoor events.


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