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Blood & Fire: The Aftermath of Gettysburg

July 5, 2014 @ 12:00 pm4:00 pm

Welcome to July 1863. Just three days ago, on the third of the month, a great and bloody battle, fought in field and stream, came to a dramatic close in the small Pennsylvania hamlet of Gettysburg. Soldiers from North and South fought mightily for cause and comrade, leaving yet-unknown numbers of dead strewn across the once peaceful fields of this quiet town. General Lee’s forces are now retreating south, and their caravan of wounded and dead stretches for seventeen miles, according to reports received over the weekend.

Lancaster lost one of its most distinguished military leaders, Major General John Fulton Reynolds, on the first day of the battle. He was buried on Saturday, here in his hometown. Just days before the great battle, the covered bridge spanning the Susquehanna River at Wrightsville was burned to its pilings in order to prevent a Confederate invasion. The people of that town are quite shaken.

Join Mr. Buchanan at Wheatland where tensions are high and the brothers of the local Masonic Lodge have committed to protecting the ex-President from threats. If you are questioned, be sure to articulate your purpose clearly … though the enemy forces have retreated for the time being, rumors of scouts and persons of murderous intent persist.

Living History Tours take place on the hour from 12 pm to 4 pm (the last tour starts at 3 pm.) Admission prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students (11-17), and children 10 and under are free. Tours begin on LancasterHistory.org’s Campus of History in the reception area inside the entrance to our main building. Use the button below to pre-pay for your tickets and reserve your tour.


July 5, 2014

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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