Museum Special Exhibit Online - May 2010
Civil War Collection report by Pavan P.
When I went to the Bedford Historical Society, I was stunned to see the amazing display of the Battle of Gettysburg made by Bedford's very own, Mayor Dan Pocek. The display shows soldiers from the North and South fighting, with soldiers, and horses perfectly set up. The Battle of Gettysburg was the biggest battles, and had the most casualties in the American Civil War. The two armies began to collide at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, as Lee urgently concentrated his forces there. Low ridges to the northwest of town were defended initially by a Union cavalry division, which was soon reinforced with two corps of Union infantry. However, two large Confederate corps assaulted them from the northwest and north, collapsing the hastily developed Union lines, sending the defenders retreating through the streets of town to the hills just to the south. This battle lasted three days (July 1st-July 3rd). This was a Union Victory, because of the fail of Pickett's Charge, which was supposed be a main attack in the war. This led to July 4th, which is also the anniversary of the signing of The Declaration of Independence! The South never recovered from the losses at the Battle of Gettysburg. This Battle was the main cause that there is no slavery in the U.S. If you come to the Bedford Historical Society, you will see Mayor Dan Pocek's great display, and learn about the history of our country. Brad Yanc built the case for the model. Both Dan Pocek and Brad Yanc are Civil War reinactors.
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