Gettysburg prepares to limit walking tours - Trouble for tour companies
In time for the approaching tourist season, Gettysburg officials are about to approve an regulation that sets a 26-person limit for guided walking tours in the borough. Controversy was sparked last summer, when the public safety committee suggested a 15-person cap. Protests from the ghost-tour companies prompted the committee to raise that number to 26. If the ordinance passes in March, the regulations would be law by April 1. At least one owner of a ghost-tour company is not bothered by the timing. "We knew it was going to happen," said Mark Nesbitt, of the Ghosts of Gettysburg tour company, which averaged 25 people per tour, so they are not likely to lose money.
When the Smoke Cleared at Gettysburg by George Sheldon
The main difference of George Sheldon's "When the Smoke Cleared at Gettysburg: The Tragic Aftermath of the Bloodiest Battle of the Civil War" when compared to most books on the battle of Gettysburg, is the portrayal of the civilian side of this drama - the aftermath and the efforts to rebuild the town. This book mines the treasure of the accounts by civilians caught up in the conflict, and changes the story from numbers and military analysis to a human drama. The author draws information from local politicians, home guards, merchants, ex-slaves and free blacks, to flesh out the hard facts of the military battle.
Battle at Gettysburg - Lack of resources taking a toll on artillery
Time and lack of resources are taking a toll on historic buildings and artillery pieces at one of the nation's bloodiest battlefields. "You start to look around, and there's work everywhere that needs to be done," says Marc Pratt, chief of maintenance at Gettysburg National Military Park. The Patterson House, which served as a Union general's headquarters has rotted floors. The park owns more than 400 cannons. About 10 years ago, the park stopped on-field repairs because of warnings about the dangers of the lead paint used. For some time the artillery pieces "just sat there and rusted and deteriorated."