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Gettysburg Map is Being Saved

A lighted, plaster-and-steel topographical map of the Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania has been saved from the scrap heap and will be restored and put on display in a nearby town.I’ve written before about the Civil War, which I find fascinating.

It seems a lighted topographical map of the Battle of Gettysburg is going to be saved after all.

The battle is considered one of the turning points of the war, and the map was put on display at the battlefield in the 1960s to help visitors understand troop movements and the various aspects of the battle.

The Associated Press had a story that tells what happened when the lighted map was put up for sale:

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) – The massive light-up map depicting the Battle of Gettysburg will head to a nearby town after being saved from the scrap heap.

A businessman from Hanover placed the winning bid of $14,010 to claim the 12-ton Gettysburg Electric Map last week. Scott Roland says he hopes to use the 30-by-30-foot map as the centerpiece of a conference center in the middle of town.

The plaster-and-steel topographical map shows how Union and Confederate troops moved during the three-day battle in July 1863. The map went on display for the battle’s centennial but officials at the Gettysburg National Military Park pulled the plug on it when they opened a new visitor’s center in 2008.

Roland isn’t sure how long it will take to get the map on display.

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