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Reenactors present every weekend at Gettysburg National Military Park

Civil War reenacting and/or living history can be a rewarding (and expensive) hobby. I have known many reenactors and living historians over the past years who have spent more than $1000 on their gear, and that does not even count their weapon(s), which can run hundreds of dollars more. Throw in tents, camp supplies, and other possible expenditures, as well as participation fees, travel, food, etc. and the costs climb. I was lucky enough that someone gave me a living historian Union uniform, belt, forage hat, etc. that was no longer needed or wanted.
Perhaps the best thing of reenactments and living history presentations are the kids who attend, many of which (like my grandson) are wide-eyed at the chance to see (and talk with) the “soldiers,” whether in blue, gray, or butternut.

The Gettysburg National Military Park is in the midst of its annual schedule of summertime “Living History Weekends,” which last through the end of tourist season in the autumn.
June 13 – 14 – 1st Pennsylvania Reserves camp and programs at the Pennsylvania Monument the 13th New Jersey Infantry camp and programs at Spangler’s Spring, and the United States Sharpshooters on Little Round Top All on the Gettysburg National Military Park
June 20 – 21 – 1st North Carolina Artillery camp and programs at Pitzer Woods, The Hancock Society and Second Corps Headquarters camp and programs at the Pennsylvania Monument, and the 7th Tennessee and 2nd Maryland Infantry camp and programs at Spangler’s Spring All on the Gettysburg National Military Park
June 27 – 28 – 2nd Maryland Infantry and 4th Maryland Artillery camp and program at Pitzers Woods, Auto Tour Stop No. 6, the 20th Maine Infantry and 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters camp and programs at the Pennsylvania monument, and the 23rd Virginia Infantry camp and programs at Spangler’s Spring All on the Gettysburg National Military Park
July 4 – 5 – Confederate Military Forces camp and programs at Pitzer Woods, and the Mifflin Guard camp and programs at the Pennsylvania Monument All on the Gettysburg National Military Park
July 11 – 12 – 12th Alabama Infantry camp and program at Pitzer Woods, Auto Tour Stop No. 6, and the 8th New Jersey Infantry camp and programs at Spangler’s Spring All on the Gettysburg National Military Park
July 18 – 19 – Company H, 2nd United States Cavalry camp and programs at Pitzer Woods, and Battery B, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery camp and programs at the Pennsylvania Monument All on the Gettysburg National Military Park
July 25 – 26 – 28th Virginia Infantry camp and program at Pitzer Woods, Auto Tour Stop No. 6, and the 10th Virginia Sharpshooters camp and programs at Spangler’s Spring All on the Gettysburg National Military Park
Aug 1 – 2 – 1st Texas Infantry camp and program at Pitzer Woods, Auto Tour Stop No. 6, the 24th Michigan Infantry at the Pennsylvania Monument, and the 10th Virginia Infantry “Hilliard’s Rangers” camp and programs at Spangler’s Spring All on the Gettysburg National Military Park
Aug 8 – 9 37th North Carolina Infantry camp and programs at Pitzer Woods, and the 124th New York Infantry camp and programs at the Pennsylvania Monument All on the Gettysburg National Military Park
Aug 15 – 16 Huckstep’s Artillery, CSA camp and programs at Pitzer Woods, and the 21st Georgia Infantry camp and programs at Spangler’s Spring All on the Gettysburg National Military Park
Aug 22 – 23 – Society of Civil War Surgeons camp and programs at the Pennsylvania Monument, Auto Tour Stop No. 12, The Liberty Grays camp and programs at Pitzer Woods, Auto Tour Stop No. 6, and the 44th Georgia Infantry camp and programs at Spangler’s Spring All on the Gettysburg National Military Park
Aug 29 – 30 – Company A, 2nd U.S. Cavalry camp and programs at Pitzer Woods, Auto Tour Stop No. 6, and the 4th Virginia Infantry camp and programs at Spangler’s Spring All on the Gettysburg National Military Park
Sept 5 – 6 – Purcell’s Artillery, a four-gun battery with a camp and programs at Pitzer Woods All on the Gettysburg National Military Park
Sept 12 – 13 – Company C, 53rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry camp and programs at the Pennsylvania Monument, Longstreet’s Artillery, CSA camp and programs at Pitzer Woods, and the 71st Pennsylvania Infantry camp and programs at Spangler’s Spring All on the Gettysburg National Military Park
Sept 19 – 20 – York’s own 87th Pennsylvania Infantry camp and programs at the Pennsylvania Monument, and the Stonewall Brigade camp and programs at Spangler’s Spring All on the Gettysburg National Military Park
Sept 26 – 27 -146th New York Infantry camp and programs at the Pennsylvania Monument, and the 137th New York Infantry camp and programs at Spangler’s Spring All on the Gettysburg National Military Park
)Oct 3 – 4 – United States Sharpshooters (Berdan`s) and the Western New York Chapter of the US Sanitary Commission camp and programs at Pitzer Woods, Rodes` Division Sharpshooters, CSA camp and programs at Spangler’s Spring All on the Gettysburg National Military Park
Oct 10 – 11 – 28th Virginia Infantry camp and programs at Pitzer Woods, Auto Tour Stop No. 6, and the 150th New York Infantry camp and programs at the Pennsylvania Monument All on the Gettysburg National Military Park
Oct 17 – 18 – Parker’s Battery, CSA camp and programs at Pitzer Woods, the Ohio Valley Civil War Association camp and programs at the Pennsylvania Monument, and US Sharpshooters giving programs at Little Round Top All on the Gettysburg National Military Park
Oct 24 – 25 – 12th Alabama Infantry, CSA camp and programs at Pitzer Woods All on the Gettysburg National Military Park
Oct 31 – Nov 1 – Battery F, 1st Pennsylvania Artillery camp and programs at the Pennsylvania Monument All on the Gettysburg National Military Park