Thousands march in Pickett's Charge commemoration

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By GENARO C. ARMAS, Associated Press

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Thousands of history buffs have taken a mile-long commemorative march across the Gettysburg field where the Confederate Army made its ill-fated Pickett's Charge 150 years ago to end the pivotal battle of the Civil War.

A National Park Service spokeswoman said it was the most ambitious program ever planned to remember the South's failed assault, during which 12,000 men in nine brigades tried to break the Union lines. It ended the three-day Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3, 1863.

On Wednesday, visitors broke up into nine groups led by park rangers and re-enactors dressed in period uniforms.

The march wasn't a re-enactment with gunfire and bayonets. The Park Service says it was a respectful commemoration that ended with buglers playing "Taps."

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