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Re-enactments highlight first weekend of Gettysburg 150th

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If you like Civil War re-enactments, you can usually find action any day over the next week and a half around Gettysburg.

It's all part of the 150th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg.

On Saturday we happened to show up at the Bushey Farm as the troops were just chilling out in between battles. But we did get a quick tutorial on firing a cannon.

One might think that these early re-enactments are smaller in scale than the big one next week.

"Well actually the number of registered re-enactors--my understanding-- is higher at this one than the one next weekend," said Bill Knowles from Marlborough, Massachusetts, who was serving in uniform for the 5th Massachusetts Battery.

We did find two re-enactors who were doing battle in Gettysburg for the first time.

"This is the first time for a lot of us coming here as a battle," said Jim Foote of Hampstead, Massachusetts. "I've been coming here three or four years we'd camp out. Visit the sites, me and my wife."

"I've never been to anything like this before," said David Brasher, Jr., who also hails from Massachusetts. "So this is my first real re-enactment where we've been firing the cannon and battling people. It's been awesome."

Meanwhile in a corner of the Gettysburg Battlefield there was marching and speaking instead of fighting. It was a commemoration at the Eternal Peace Light Memorial.

"Our programs are not a celebration," said Bob Kirby, Superintendent of the Gettysburg National Military Park. "But rather a thoughtful commemoration of the people who were caught up in this cataclysmic confrontation."

"This is about us and this is about who we are and what happened here," said Mid-State Congressman Scott Perry. "The struggle for good and righteousness."

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