Carmichael quoted in Guardian Express article about Gettysburg battle commemoration

Civil War Institute Director Peter Carmichael was quoted in a July 1 Guardian Express article about the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

From the Guardian Express:

Over 200,000 people will descend on the small south-central Pennsylvania town through the Fourth of July weekend. You may ask what’s so great about Gettysburg; visitors contribute more than $100 million in local, state and federal taxes. Thousands of employees are supported by the sojourn of re-enactment participators.

The first of two massive scheduled re-enactments held in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s focal conflict ended on Sunday. The National Park Service held its commemoration ceremony highlighting the event. Many thousands of individuals were on hand to witness the ceremony and the media coverage of the sensation was extensive.

“Tonight, we’re here to honor the dead; to recognize their courage and heroism; and to mark this major event in American history,” Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis Said.

“We expect to be ramping up as we head into July 1st,” said Carl Whitehill, spokesman for the Gettyburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The re-enactment at the end of the week is expected to be the big, big event.”

“I don’t like the commercialism. I think they can do a lot less of it,” said Richard Gow, 65, of Binghamton, N.Y. Dressed sharply in a gray uniform, Gow portrayed Confederate General Lewis Armistead.

“Profiteers went out to scour the battlefield, after the fighting was over, to search for relics to sell,” said Peter Carmichael, professor of history at Gettysburg College. What’s so great about Gettysburg, spending patterns have reached $605 million during the week-long event.


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