ABRAHAM LINCOLN LIBRARY AND MUSEUM PRESENTS "SHADOWS OF GETTYSBURG"
March 10, 2009 - Harrogate, Tennessee — The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) will be hosting the play “Shadows of Gettysburg” on Monday, March 23 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. This event will be held in the Arnold Auditorium inside the ALLM. Admission is free, and is open to the public.
“Shadows of Gettysburg” is a five-act play encompassing the three-day Battle of Gettysburg, and culminates with President Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address. The play brings to life the passion and drama inherent on both sides—Union and Confederate—as Generals Robert E. Lee and George Meade, and their troops prepare for the forthcoming battle. General Lee prepares to reinforce General Henry Heth while General Meade attempts to stop the Confederate army of northern Virginia’s advance into Union territory.
Meanwhile, in his Washington, D.C. office, President Lincoln laments the terrible loss of General John F. Reynolds, ponders the outcome of this tremendous battle, and shows his concern for the people of the North. General Stonewall Jackson follows his men in spirit—advising and encouraging—as the men he led for over two years engage in inconceivable battlefield feats. This battle brings to light the true tragedy of a war that saw brothers fight among brothers and fathers fight sons in the greatest battle ever fought on American soil.
Three days of fighting in and around the small town of Gettysburg results in over 54,000 casualties. This tremendous battle leaves the town’s residents to deal with thousands of wounded soldiers and the battlefield detritus created by three days of fighting. It soon becomes necessary to create a large cemetery to hold and honor the thousands of dead soldiers. The nation’s foremost orator, Edward Everett, was chosen to address the crowd while President Lincoln was invited to say “a few words.”
Music will be provided by Janice Derreberry and Chelsea Ryan of Claiborne County, Tenn. Reserved seating is recommended. Contact Carol Campbell at 423.869. 6439 for more information.
The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is located on the historic campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Housing one of the top five Lincoln and Civil War private collections in the world, the Museum is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about this and other programs at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, call 423-869-6235.
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