Gettysburg 150 Years Later

150 years ago in Pennsylvania, one of the bloodiest and most decisive battles of the Civil War began: the Battle of Gettysburg. The epic three-day battle was a major moment in American history and claimed the lives of more than 50,000 soldiers.

FOX News Radio's Hank Weinbloom reports:

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The battle raged for three days in early July 1863. This is from a re-enactor video.

Sharon Weidner of the Gettysburg Diorama says on the third day, confederate General Robert E. Lee made a final attempt to break the Union line, it was known as Pickett's Charge.

(Weidner) "There's no protection, the Union is hitting them on both ends and in the middle with artillery."

Over 12,500 men that made the charge. Only 5,000 walked away unscathed.

(Weidner) "Gettysburg took the punch out of the Army of Northern Virginia."

Four months later, Lincoln would visit the battlefield and deliver his immortal Gettysburg Address.

Hank Weinbloom, FOX News Radio.

Gettysburg 150th Anniversary

Hundreds of thousands of history buffs are converging on Gettysburg this week for the 150th Anniversary of the pivotal conflict of the Civil War.

Bob Hauer with FOX News Radio affiliate WHP reports:

Over the next three days, throngs of visitors will relive the turning point in the Civil War through guided tours of the battlefields with reenactments of what happened on that particular day of the Battle. Some of those moments  happening at the approximate time they occurred some 150 years ago.

On Wednesday, July 3rd, visitors will take part themselves, representing the Confederate and Union Armies during Pickett's Charge. On the Fourth, those in attendance will focus on the Battle's aftermath. Organizers estimate that more than 200,000 people are expected to visit Gettysburg over the ten-day period for the 150th anniversary.

In Harrisburg, Bob Hauer, FOX News Radio.

APTOPIX Gettysburg 150th Anniversary

The bloody Civil War Battle of Gettysburg is an event that echoes down to our times, especially for Civil War reenactors.

FOX News Radio's Hank Weinbloom reports:

Keith McGregor was a Union soldier reenactor at Gettysburg three years ago. At the time, he said you can't understand how hard life was in the 1860's unless you live it.

(McGregor) "It gives you a feeling that a book is not going to give you."

Gettysburg is especially important to Confederate reenactor Bill Russell, because his ancestors fought there.

(Russell) "You just kinda imagine being them." 

Alan Farley, a Confederate chaplain says he hopes reenacting helps teach our generation about the values of the citizens of the past.

(Farley) "It was a much more fundamental - much more conservative, a much more patriotic time than it is today, and we're trying to teach them what our nation was founded upon."

Hank Weinbloom, FOX News Radio.

VIEW a photo gallery  of some activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg (Photo Credit: AP):