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Anti-history Protesters are Destroying Tourism in Gettysburg, Museum Claims

Anti-history Protesters are Destroying Tourism in Gettysburg, Museum Claims

“What family wants to come here with threats of “anarchists burning flags”.”

The anti-history crowd responsible for the eradication of Civil War statues and monuments around the country is destroying tourism in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Much of the original Gettysburg battlefield is preserved and maintained by the National Park Service. The Gettysburg History Museum, a separate entity, is also a well-frequented attraction. Or it was.

And it’s the Museum that’s publicly lamenting the damage they claim is caused by extreme revisionists.

On their public Facebook page, the Gettysburg History Museum said protesters are killing tourism:

The museum also refuses to censor history.

For their refusal to surrender fact to immature and insecure emotion, the museum, along with the battlefield will be subjected to militant anti-history protests planned by Antifa groups on the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. These Antifa groups plan to burn Confederate battle flags and desecrate graves.

Philly reports:

Officials in Gettysburg are bracing for protests this weekend coinciding with the 154th anniversary of the Civil War battle.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans and a group called Real 3% Risen have received special use permits for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in a special section north of Meade’s Headquarters.

“We make accommodations for people who want to exercise their First Amendment rights,” said Katie Lawhon, a spokeswoman for Gettysburg National Military Park.

Officials also are aware of plans for other rallies that have been announced on social media but have not obtained permits, and there are unconfirmed reports that anarchists plan to burn Confederate flags during the anniversary of the battle.

Lawhon said the park is working with the U.S. Park Police, the Pennsylvania State Police, and local law enforcement to keep order during the weekend.

“Our goal is to ensure that public safety and visitor safety is number one and that park resources are preserved,” she said.

Besides the two permitted protests, Civil War reenactors from the Maryland Sons of Confederate Veterans also received a permit for a “site specific” march starting at 10 a.m. from the North Carolina Memorial to the Veterans Memorial, where they will hold a ceremony, Lawhon said. Another popular private reenactment festival is also scheduled about two miles from the park, she said.

The battlefields, museums, and surrounding attractions have raked in upwards of $671 million in years past.

The Battle of Gettysburg was one of if not the bloodiest battle in the Civil War. Confederate troops led by General Robert E. Lee attacked Union forces for the second time in their own territory. More than 50,000 casualties later, and Lee’s troops were defeated. With the Confederacy defeated on Union soil, the battle is often marked as a turning point in the war and became the inspiration for Lincoln’s famed Gettysburg Address.

Lighting flags on fire and destroying graves won’t undo the past. But it’s a surefire way to prove one’s immature ignorance.

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Wrathchilde | June 28, 2017 at 5:58 pm

Fascist ‘antifa’ starts desecrating Confederate graves, they might just get more re-enactment than they bargained for.

    alaskabob in reply to Wrathchilde. | June 28, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    As Orwell noted, only the “now” is important for those wanting to destroy the underpinnings of society. Be they ISIS or our own brand of Red Guard (antifa), the past prevents them from achieving their goals… burning books is too easy…. buildings and monuments are now their target. Could we slip some Civil War reenactors some real Minie balls? Followed by a little bayonet practice on those left behind? Please??

      “Could we slip some Civil War reenactors some real Minie balls? Followed by a little bayonet practice on those left behind? Please??…”

      Don’t worry. You’ll get your chance – probably by proxy.

      Obama’s FEMA camps are going to be filled with – obamas.

    Old Coot in reply to Wrathchilde. | June 28, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    And since the antifa cowards are oh so fond of their masks, I say responding patriots start super-gluing those masks to their faces, starting with the parts that cover their eyelids!

      Close The Fed in reply to Old Coot. | June 28, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      My state of Georgia makes wearing a mask in public illegal unless you’re under 16 and it’s Halloween. More states need to do this.

        notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Close The Fed. | June 29, 2017 at 12:05 pm


        Arminius in reply to Close The Fed. | June 29, 2017 at 6:13 pm

        These are anti-KKK laws. The leftists need to be prosecuted under them and it needs to be advertised to the world what laws they’ve broken so the world knows who this Antifa/Black Bloc scum’s spiritual father is.

      Another Ed in reply to Old Coot. | June 29, 2017 at 12:21 am

      Florida Statutes Chapter 876:


      “876.12 Wearing mask, hood, or other device on public way.—No person or persons over 16 years of age shall, while wearing any mask, hood, or device whereby any portion of the face is so hidden, concealed, or covered as to conceal the identity of the wearer, enter upon, or be or appear upon any lane, walk, alley, street, road, highway, or other public way in this state.”

      It appears that there was a little problem starting about 150 years ago or so with people wearing hoods and masks…

George Will did a piece a few years ago about people going to Civil War battlefields expecting to see bullet holes in the monuments … completely amazed that so many battles were held on park land.

    Most Americans coming out of the liberal education system probably through the north and south BBQ’d.

    Tom Servo in reply to Neo. | June 28, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    I’ve heard of more than one millenial wondering why those ignorant 19th century armies decided to go out of their way to fight on that nice parkland.

On a deaths/per/each-day-of-battle, Gettysburg stands as the deadliest battle for Americans. About 7,100 killed in the 3-day battle, which will be commemorated this weekend (July 1-3). That alone distinguishes this site as worthy of honor.

Yet it is the left which is without honor, without a sense of decency, and without love for other Americans.

First, they came for the Confederate monuments.

You know the Union is next.

Already, the left has a reformed, progressive, “living” constitution that is interpreted to say whatever they want to say, whenever they want to say it. The reformed constitution was delivered by stork from the twilight fringe.

tarheelkate | June 28, 2017 at 6:55 pm

Speaking as the great-granddaughter of a man who fought at Gettysburg in a Union uniform, I am appalled at talk of burning Confederate flags and desecrating graves. Men on both sides fought valiantly and for causes they thought were right. Let them rest in peace, and do not dishonor their memories.

Break out the muskets. Behind them, the AR15s.

It would be hard to say which is the bigger threat to this country – the obesity epidemic, or the rapidly growing ignorance epidemic.

DieJustAsHappy | June 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm

To stand in the field where Pickett’s Charge took place and while remembering the account of it, it invoked in me what a very sad and great tragedy this battle was, indeed the Civil War itself. Also, Abraham Lincoln’s words came forth: “we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.”

There it is. It had been, is, and forever will always be “hallowed” ground. For those who cannot honor and treat it as such, they do well to re-consider their attempts at desecration because whatever they do, or attempt to do, it will be but only for a moment. For as long as there is a United States of America, there will be those, like the ones who gave their “last full measure of devotion,” who will “highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

It was a wretched time in our nation’s history and many a young man, from both sides, died way before their time. How dare any dishonor them and their sacrifice!

    Tom Servo in reply to DieJustAsHappy. | June 28, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    I’ve never gotten to Pennsylvania, but I’ve been to most of the battle sites in the south. Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge were especially impressive, as well as the earthen fortifications all around Vicksburg. When you walk a battlefield like that, it ceases to be words on a page, and usually you can see clearly why that battle unfolded the way it did. For exemple, the ground Thomas chose to save the Union Army when all appeared lost towards the end of a 2nd day; I stood where he stood, and could see “oh yeah, this IS a death trap that he sucked the Confederate charge into”.

      DieJustAsHappy in reply to Tom Servo. | June 29, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      It also brought to mind the very insanity of it all. Or, as attributed to General William T. Sherman, “I am sick and tired of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.”

I’m thinking the Bikers for Trump need to ride and meet the enemy.

Perhaps the justice department will be ready with a terrible swift sword.

    mailman in reply to Rick. | June 29, 2017 at 4:31 am

    If only that would be the case.

    People need to start being held accountable for their actions.

    Someone also needs to be getting out in to the media hammering out at every opportunity that this is no longer the era of Obama, laws WILL be enforced and people WILL be held accountable for their actions!

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” -George Orwell, 1984

Any questions?

the title is MISLEADING the story is about Leftist Fascists that are Destroying Gettysburg Museum

    Old0311 in reply to mathewsjw. | June 29, 2017 at 8:47 am

    The museum is awesome as is the entire Gettysburg experience. When you look at the medical display and see the bone saw, it will send a cold chill up your back. Dead or wounded, the dead may have gotten the better deal.

      tarheelkate in reply to Old0311. | June 29, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      The family story goes that when my great-grandfather was wounded in the leg at Petersburg, his men smuggled a pistol into the hospital (such as it was). When the surgeon approached with the saw my GG said, “You start cutting, and I start shooting.” The surgeon shrugged and said, “It’s your life.” He survived, and after convalescence served until the end of the war.

When they are done with stone, they will come for flesh.