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Dovetailing nicely with our War in their Words article on page 56, astounding news from Gettysburg National Military Park in late January revealed that new efforts to interpret the Culp’s Hill area of the Gettysburg battlefield are underway. Trees and brush will be removed and invasive species treated on all earthworks stretching from Spangler’s Spring to the summit of Culp’s Hill, where key battle action occurred July 2-3, 1863. A new trail will also be constructed from the 150th New York Infantry monument to Forbes Rock, a prominent landmark named for the artist Edwin Forbes, who created several paintings of the Culp’s Hill area that popularized the rock.

The conservation efforts will allow visitors to experience the rugged terrain traversed by soldiers during the epic battle, as they never have been able to before. Additional interpretive signs will also be added to further explain the significance of the events in the area.

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