150 Cannon-Shot Salute Will Highlight Kickoff of Gettysburg's 150th Anniversary Commemoration of the Civil War

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The rolling thunder of artillery will reverberate through the hilly countryside of south-central Pennsylvania next April as the Gettysburg area launches its five-year long commemoration of the Civil War sesquicentennial.

The sesquicentennial of the 1861-1865 Civil War will be commemorated with hundreds of special events and ceremonies, major and minor, throughout America. Few places will be taking the sesquicentennial more seriously than the historic town of Gettysburg, site of the war's biggest, bloodiest, and arguably most important battle. During three days in early July 1863, Union and Confederate armies totaling more than 160,000 men clashed in a titanic struggle that resulted in at least 46,000 casualties and a Union Victory that many consider the turning point of the war....

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