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Gettysburg, PA -- Re-enactors bring the Civil War back to life for thousands of spectators in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This key battle was fought over the first three days of July 1863.
Pickett's Charge ended with a stinging defeat again for the South at a Battle of Gettysburg re-enactment but events held in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's pivotal conflict are far from over.
The National Park Service holds its commemoration ceremony Sunday night featuring a keynote address by author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Her best-selling novel "Team of Rivals" in part inspired last year's Oscar-winning film "Lincoln."
The ceremony will be followed by a procession to Soldiers National Cemetery, where the graves of Union dead will be marked.
Earlier Sunday, the first of two massive re-enactments planned over a 10-day period wrapped up with the South's ill-fated Pickett's Charge. That famous attack took place on the last of the three-day Gettysburg encounter, on July 3, 1863.
AP/Gannett News Service