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Gettysburg reenactment draws 15,000 soldiers, 80,000 spectators

By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com   |   June 30, 2013 at 9:23 AM

An anticipated 15,000 Civil War reenactors are expected to descend upon Gettysburg, Pa., to recreate the famous battle there, 150 years after it occurred.

The event, which is put on by the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee, will cost about $1 million and will stretch from Thursday to July 7, The (Philadelphia) Inquirer reported.

Jon Sirlin, a Philadelphia lawyer who acts as a Union officer and chief of staff, said it's easy to forget your real life when in the middle of such bloodless battles.

"It's extremely accurate and feels real -- the noise, conditions, and spectacle -- but you're not confronting the likelihood of you or your friends being killed," he said.

Another, smaller, reenactment battle is being held through Sunday at the Bushey Farm on Pumping Station Road, held by the Blue Gray Alliance.

The major Gettysburg battle is expected to draw up to 80,000 spectators.

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