With the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg upon us, now is the time to permanently protect two tracts of historically significant land at the Gettysburg National Military Park (NMP): the Gettysburg Train Station and 45 acres at the base of Big Round Top. To do this, legislation must be passed adding the land to the boundary of Gettysburg NMP, which will allow the National Park Service (NPS) to acquire and protect this critical land.
Fought over three days in July of 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg resulted in the largest number of casualties of any battle in the entire Civil War. The battle was the result of a Confederate push into Union-controlled Pennsylvania, but the Confederates were defeated and their plan of bringing the war to the doorsteps of the Union was abandoned. Considered a “turning point” in the Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg resulted in more than 50,000 casualties.
H.R. 1513, introduced by U.S. Representative Scott Perry (PA-4), and S. 782, introduced by Senator Bob Casey (PA), would expand the boundary of Gettysburg NMP to the Gettysburg Train Station and 45 acres along Plum Run at the eastern base of Big Round Top. The Gettysburg Train Station served as a field hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg, transporting 15,000 wounded soldiers after the battle. On November 18, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln arrived here by train to deliver the Gettysburg Address.
The Lincoln Train Station and Plum Run are set to be donated to the Park Service by the Gettysburg Foundation. The Train Station will be operated in a partnership between the NPS and the Borough of Gettysburg, and act as a downtown visitor orientation center for Gettysburg NMP. As the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address approaches, let's seize this opportunity to permanently protect the Lincoln Train Station! Please encourage your members of Congress to support H.R. 1513 and S. 782. Help expand the boundary of Gettysburg to include these important places.
For more information, please contact:
- Alan Spears, Legislative Representative, 202.454.3384, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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