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Tampa historian to honor 150th anniversary of Civil War battle


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The three-day battle at Gettysburg on July 1, 2 and 3 1863 was one of the bloodiest and most pivotal battles of the Civil War.

The Gettysburg National Military Park will host a series of events to commemorate the battle’s 150th anniversary beginning June 30.

Locally historian and art gallery owner Rob Rowen plans to honor the anniversary with a series of battlefield talks illustrated with a diorama of the battle. The first two events, on Saturday and June 8, will focus on the battle’s first day. The second day of battle will be discussed on June 15 and 22.

The final talk, on June 29, will focus on the battle’s last day, and what has become known as “Pickett’s charge”. Confederate Maj. Gen. George Pickett was one of three Confederate generals ordered to assault a Union stronghold on Cemetery Ridge. The charge resulted in massive casualties for the Confederacy.

Each lecture begins at 12:30 p.m. at Nuance Galleries, 804 S. Dale Mabry Hwy.

“I do this because it’s my passion,” Rowen said.

As a teenager Rowan once restaged the World War I Battle of Jutland with an uncle. He is an avid history reader and researcher of world history.

His Civil War talks are an annual event highlighted with miniature battlefield exhibitions. His Gettysburg diorama is 6-feet by 15-feet.

He researches old maps and documents to recreate his battlefields as faithfully as possible. His last visit to Gettysburg was more than a year ago. “I’m always improving on the dioramas,” Rowen said.


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