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Thousands converge on Gettysburg to mark 150th anniversary of Civil War battle

 

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Union and Confederate re-enactors skirmish during a make-believe Battle of Gettysburg on June 29, in Gettysburg, Pa. Over three days, more than 10,000 re-enactors will pay tribute to the gruesome battle that took place July 1-3, 1863, during the U.S. Civil War.

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Re-enactors watch a demonstration of a battle during activities that commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg on June 29, at Bushey Farm in Gettysburg, Pa. Union forces turned away a Confederate advance in the pivotal battle of the Civil War which was also the war's bloodiest conflict with more than 51,000 casualties.

By Genaro C. Armas, The Associated Press

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — As re-enacted war raged several miles away, tourists strolled a commercial strip of Gettysburg to survey T-shirts, hats and other trinkets to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's pivotal battle.

 More than 200,000 people — including thousands of re-enactors — are expected to visit this small south-central Pennsylvania town through Fourth of July weekend to mark the milestone. Read the full story.

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Re-enactors take part in a demonstration of a battle.

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Confederate artillerymen fire at Union positions during a re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg on June 29.

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Civil War re-enactors from the 6th New Hampshire Contraband play while relaxing in a Union camp after the first day of the Blue Gray Alliance re-enactment of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg on June 28.

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Union Army re-enactors leave the field of battle at dusk after the first day of the Blue Gray Alliance re-enactment on June 28.