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Thousands converge on Gettysburg to mark 150th anniversary of Civil War battle

Union and Confederate re-enactors skirmish during a re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg on June 29, in Gettysburg, Pa. Over three days, more than 10,000 re-enactors will pay tribute to the battle that took place in Gettysburg on July 1-3, 1863, during the 1861-1865 US Civil War.John Moore / Getty Images
Re-enactors watch a demonstration of a battle during ongoing activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, June 29, at Bushey Farm in Gettysburg, Pa. Union forces turned away a Confederate advance in the pivotal battle of the Civil War which was also the war's bloodiest conflict with more than 51,000 casualties.Matt Rourke / AP

By Genaro C. Armas, The Associated Press

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — As re-enacted war raged several miles away, tourists strolled a commercial strip of Gettysburg to survey T-shirts, hats and other trinkets to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's pivotal battle.

 More than 200,000 people — including thousands of re-enactors — are expected to visit this small south-central Pennsylvania town through Fourth of July weekend to mark the milestone. Read the full story.

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Re-enactors take part in a demonstration of a battle.Matt Rourke / AP
Confederate artillerymen fire at Union positions during a re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg on June 29.Karen Bleier / AFP - Getty Images