150th Gettysburg Sojourn, part 4

Civil War re-enactors travel to Gettysburg

Back on the road with my Pards, Randy (L) and Wayne

Pulling onto Hwy 64, we traveled about 2 miles then turned east onto Hwy 77.  This route took us over the Catoctin Mountain Park, which has some of the most beautiful hardwoods in the area.  Arriving at Thurmont, Maryland, we exited Hwy 77 for Hwy 15, which was a four lane road leading northeast.

We crossed the Pennsylvania state line, and I began to look for the Emmitsburg Road exit. The reenactment battle site was just a few miles off Hwy 15 at this exit.

Well, we kept going north and there was no Emmitsburg Road exit! Someone in the car caught site of a sign that said the reenactment site was at this exit, but the name of the road was Steinwehr, so I kept on Hwy15.

Once we came to the Baltimore Pike exit, I knew we had gone too far.  I exited Hwy 15 and when into Gettysburg on the Baltimore Pike.  After braving the Gettysburg traffic, I got us back on the road that I thought would get us to the reenactment battle site. One of the guys in the van checked his GPS, and I learned that Steinwehr Road became the Emmitsburg Pike about a mile out of town. However, Hwy 15 used the name Steinwehr instead on its exit sign.

Anyway, we eventually got to the road that I originally wanted to get on, which was Bullfrog Road.  I am not kidding you. That is the name of the road. We traveled about two miles and turned on Pumping Station Road. Once we turned, I could see the reenactment battlefield. It hadn’t changed since 1998.  It was as pristine as ever.

After we got through the main entrance to the sutler area and into the parking lot for reenactors, we were directed further down the road to the registration tent.

Arriving there, we saw a line of about 70 people. We fell in at the back of the line.

registration line for reenactors at Gettysburg 150th reenactment

Reenactors wait under threatening skies for their turn to register

The weather had been very cloudy and threatening rain. After about 10 minutes, it began to pour. Some people ran for their cars, and the registration personnel began passing out plastic rain ponchos.  We stayed in line. The line dwindled from people vacating due to the rain, and in no time, we were in the registration tent.

I gave them my name, but it wasn’t on the registration list – even though I had submitted my registration a month before…

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About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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