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Tonight a journey back in time to an event that will live for ever in American history.
Correspondent -- -- the Callaway is at the 150 anniversary observance of the battle -- get a -- this evening Pickett's charge.
It is arguably the most hallowed ground of the most defining day in the most pivotal time in American history.
For the first time the park service allowed a reenactment of Pickett's charge at the very place that occurred.
And permitted ordinary citizens to walk alongside the reenact yours to walk the mile from distant seminary ridge were confederate -- and the charge.
Two cemetery ridge where they met their demise of what's now called the high water mark the high water mark is a term that was applied.
Well after the war in that it indicated.
That this was the furthest that the confederate forces got in their -- slots here the poignancy of this 150 anniversary.
-- perhaps matched only by an earlier commemoration of fiftieth anniversary in 1913.
When thousands of civil war -- -- in their seventies and eighties descended on this little town by the thousands.
General sequels of his late -- shot off -- cannon ball was there nine of the elderly vets who died from intense summer heat.
This week thirteen thousand -- an -- came to Gettysburg to want -- those who fought here.
There's nobody alive in some warning comes to cancer -- more of the grandkids are alive but they still die they fought.
You know there's a lot of -- really -- -- -- So.
We do that.
-- -- -- -- try to do it -- closely to the conditions that they include them and working.
The real actors strive for authenticity.
If the soldier -- they do and sixty throw you work to -- -- -- war -- camp there would be nothing in camp that he could not identify.
They do have their limits if you indulge in salt pork the staple of union troops and 1863.
Dysentery is authentic.
We don't need to experience -- to enhance our experience.
But even the reloading of a replica must give helps one -- the scale of carnage here for -- good soldier could do it about twenty seconds.
Twenty seconds between shots get historians estimate seven million bullets were fired over the three day campaign.
When the fifty minute long Pickett's charge into the -- on the afternoon of July 3 6800.
Men -- dead or wounded in this very field.
The next day the fourth of July the confederate retreated south across the -- -- -- river into Virginia.
The wagon train carrying the defeated in the wounded stretch for seventeen miles.
And it is fitting that that retreat should happen on the fourth of July the sacrifices that were made by soldiers on this -- field.
-- cost Abraham Lincoln some months later in his Gettysburg address to resolve quote that this nation under god shall have a new birth of freedom he said.
-- And I understand there's mother activity there today I had nothing to do with days historic observances.
I'm very it was a dramatic situation -- just says the ceremony was letting out into it downtown Gettysburg -- heard of a stolen car and a police chase that ensued.
Two men in that stolen car rammed building the escape from the car.
In an instant lots of police officers state police officers local police officers drew automatic weapons not mosque it's this was the real deal.
Ultimately it ended safely and come with a two men were taken into custody.
Jim -- -- thank you very much.
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