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I first started going to the Gettysburg battlefield in 1956. My sister attended the small but by then prestigious Gettysburg College. At that time you could still (if you were lucky) find artifacts laying hidden on the site. Civil war veterans, albeit drummer boys, were still living. Several local private collections were easily accessible to tour and view weaponry and memorabilia. As a young boy I relished the history of this place. The stories of the horror and carnage were at odds with the modern day tranquility of the place. I attended the Centennial celebration of the battle. My repeated connection to this battlefield forever instilled in me a sense of history and a desire to read and learn more. 50 years later I found myself taking graduate level seminars on civil war history. Gettysburg is unique and significant for more reason than I can state here, but somehow grandstand seating for “off site” reenactments sends the wrong message.