Civil War program at library

“Civilians at Gettysburg,” a living history program in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of this historic battle, will be presented at the Peterborough Town Library on Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.

Rather than address the military events leading up to and occurring from July 1-3, 1863, this presents another point of view. Ginny Gage and her husband Lew, from Cornish, have been studying and visiting the Gettysburg battlefield for more than 30 years.

In this presentation, the Gages portray Sarah Broadhead, who was living in Gettysburg with her husband and daughter, and Charlie McCurdy, a young boy also residing in the town. Both roles are based upon original diaries and reminiscences of civilians living in Gettysburg during the summer and autumn of 1863.

The Gages will speak briefly about the demographics of the town in 1863 and what it was like before, during and after the famous battle. The presentation will conclude with Ginny Gage describing the involvement of Harriet Dame, a resident of Concord, and the nurse and nurturer of “her boys” in the 2nd. New Hampshire Regiment.

For more information, call the library at 924-8040.

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