Are you gearing up for a big weekend? I hope you’ve got plans that include fireworks and cookouts.
But there’s another reason to remember this time of the year. From July 1 to July 3, 1863, fighting broke out between Union soldiers and Confederates. This battle was one of the bloodiest battles on U.S. soil, and it marked the turning point in the Civil War.
I’m talking about the Battle of Gettysburg, of course. And this weekend is the annual Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment. If you find yourself anywhere near Gettysburg, Penn., from July 2 through 5, head over to the park for battle reenactments, living history demonstrations, brass bands, costumes, and food. And if you’re there on July 3, you can meet James and Suzanne Gindlesperger, authors of So You Think You Know Gettysburg? They’ll be signing books at Battlefields & Beyond Military History Book Shoppe from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
I know, you’re thinking, “I already know the Battle of Gettysburg.” You yes, you probably already know that this battle left 50,000 men wounded or killed, and it changed the course of the Civil War.
This is where So You Think You Know Gettysburg? comes in. It’s the untold stories that go beyond the facts and figures you already know and gets right down to the human side of the battle. In the book, you learn of the men who fought the battle, their monuments, and the controversies that became a part of their stories.
So here’s the deal. If you want to learn more about Gettysburg by owning your very own copy of the Gindlespergers’ book, here’s your chance for a free copy. Take the quiz below and email your answers to me. One week from today (that’s July 7), I’ll pick a random winner from the contestants who answered the questions correctly. So, are you ready? Go!
1. Why do two monuments at different locations mark the first shot fired at the Battle of Gettysburg?
2. Who is Penelope, and why is she buried in a sidewalk in town?
3. Why is Amos Humiston the only enlisted man to have his own monument?