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Poster highlights the life of a Civil War soldier

This poster portrays the life of Civil War soldier.

This Civil War poster can be accessed at life of a soldier. Readers can pan or scroll to read the presentation. Background posts: Gettysburg Visitors Center gets buzz but courts to decide about old cyclorama, Gettysburg battlefield produces steady supply of news and History making evening on rebel surrender of York.


Several things came together to inspire the York Daily Record/Sunday News to produce the poster “A soldier’s life.”

The opening of the new visitors center at Gettysburg is one. And it’s the 149th anniversary of the battle. Interest grows on these fifth-year anniversaries.
And York County’s interest in the Confederate occupation is increasing.

The poster ran for four days in the York Daily Record/Sunday News. It’s designed so that after all are collected, readers can assembled into a large-scale poster. We expect that to be popular with educators.
The re-enactment is again a popular part of the Gettysburg observance of the battle, as outlined in the following York Daily Record/Sunday News story (6/29/08):

July 1, 2 and 3, 1863, were perhaps the most memorable days for Gettysburg.
That’s why the Gettysburg Civil War Battle re-enactments remain a town highlight 145 years later, according to Andrea DiMartino, event media director and spokeswoman for the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee.
“The people have been re-enacting for many years,” said DiMartino, who added that the hobby of re-enacting has increased since the 1993 movie “Gettysburg.”
The re-enactments remain popular because “Gettysburg is considered to be the turning point of the Civil War. This is what makes Gettysburg significant to Civil War history,” DiMartino said.
For details about the 2012 reenactment, check out: http://www.gettysburgreenactment.com/

Edited, 7/7/12