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Gettysburg Skull: Auction Canceled After ‘Unprecedented Outcry’


This skull is believed to belong to a soldier who died at the Battle of Gettysburg 150 years ago. It had been listed for auction



” The planned auction of a skull found at Gettysburg that purportedly was that of a Civil War soldier has been canceled following protests, and officials say the remains have instead been donated by the auction company for burial with honors.

  Estate Auction Co. of Hershey had listed the skull for sale at auction Tuesday in Hagerstown, Maryland, drawing protests from the U.S. National Park Service in Gettysburg and others.

  The listing was removed from a public auction website and replaced by a statement saying the auction company was donating the skull to the Park Service. “At the auction company’s request, it remains as part of the catalog due to its historical value,” the statement said.”


Christian Science Monitor










Americans All Over The Country Storm The Barricades Around Federal Monument And Parks In Defiance Of Closure





” As the shutdown settles uncomfortably into its second week, fed-up American’s across the nation are ignoring the federal government’s inability to get its house in order by defying barricades preventing them visiting national monuments, parks or malls.”



” Civil disobedience is becoming more common and the sight of veterans pushing through gates to pay their respects at the World War II Memorial or even a little boy unable to go to the zoo has left the Obama administration in an awkward position.”




“As thousands continue to visit national parks and others proudly post pictures to Twitter and Instagram of their alleged ‘trespassing’, one picture in particular has tugged at the heart and been held up as a symbol of the maddening gridlock on Capitol Hill.” 



” In Yorktown, Virginia, scene of the Battle of Yorktown, where George Washington decisively beat the British, the Carrot Tree Kitchens Restaurant is also refusing to close.”


Defiance: Over the weekend, one Twitter user snapped photos of Americans taking in Gettysburg memorials and monuments. The note in these pics reads 'Catch us if you can.'

” Visitors to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center posted pictures of themselves on Twitter tagged ‘Catch Us If You Can.’ “




” Some other citizens – even in the face of obstacles – refused to back down. An estimated 1,000 hikers and bikers entered Acadia National Park in Maine on Monday, bypassing barricades and signs declaring the park and its roads closed, according to local media reports.”




Here are a few random shots of other acts of civil disobedience at our parks.









Here are some videos of our intrepid citizenry taking back what is theirs .





















Ten Thousand People Take Part In Re-Enactment Of Battle Of Gettysburg




” Re-enactors fire the opening volley, starting the commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the most violent of the American Civil War.

More than 160,000 men fought at Gettysburg from July 1-3, 1863. Around 8,000 Union and Confederacy soldiers lost their lives over the three days as they fought in and around the Pennsylvania town, with tens of thousands wounded.

The battle is often described as the turning point of the war, when the Union ended Confederate Gen Robert E Lee’s invasion of the north.

Four months later, President Abraham Lincoln honoured the fallen at a cemetery in the town and delivered the Gettysburg Address, in which he redefined the purpose of the war.

While the Blue Gray Alliance re-enactment does not have the same number of soldiers involved as the original battle, everything else is being made as authentic as possible.”