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Thousands come to Gettysburg to remember key battle

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Thousands of people, some from as far away as Australia, gathered Wednesday on the historic Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg, Pa.

Many scrambled over stone walls and wooden fences to get a look at (or to actually participate in) “a commemorative march” over the field that was the home of the final battle in Gettysburg.

Middle school history teacher Pat Bauer came here from Minnesota. Wearing a medallion given to the troops of her home state, Bauer remembered that Minnesota was the first state to offer President Abraham Lincoln troops when Southern states seceded.

Eleven-year-old Waylon Madugno, from upstate New York, wore a replica woolen Union uniform all through this warm July day to honor the soldiers from his home state. They wore the same clothing 150 years ago.

On the third day of the battle of Gettysburg, both sides traded cannon fire, then Confederate General George Pickett ordered a massive charge. The rebel forces actually outnumbered the Union troops that day. But, for a change, it was the forces of the United States that prevailed. Defeated rebel troops withdrew to the South.

The war lasted two more years, but Confederate troops never again got as far North.

150 years later, commemorative march participants walked across the same field that Pickett’s troops crossed. And, on this day, people stopped where the Confederate forces were halted in their march to the North. People from both Northern and Southern states said it’s important that all Americans remember what happened here.

Don Moore, of Warren, Pa., said the Civil War divided then united the nation, and modern citizens should remember the sacrifices.

Seven generations after Pickett’s Charge and the Battle of Gettysburg, you could still see emotion in the faces of those who gathered here.

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