Civil War History: General Robert E Lee Headquarters at Gettysburg Restored
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The Union stand on the property delayed but could not halt an overwhelming Confederate assault on this strategic location. That evening, Lee established his headquarters on the site.
To return the property to its wartime appearance, 10 modern structures were removed, as well as several post-war additions to the headquarters building. Relying on post-war surveys and period photographs of the home and grounds, historic contours were added back to the site, as well as a garden, fencing and dog house.
Twenty-four trees will augment the site in spring 2017 to recreate a historic apple orchard.
Finally, a new interpretive trail explains the dramatic events at the headquarters from July 1-3, 1863.
Eventually, Lee's Headquarters will be donated to the National Park Service for incorporation into the existing military park.
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October 28, 2016