This summer, passionate students of history will don military uniforms to mark the 150th anniversary of a little-known but significant Civil War skirmish.

A re-enactment of the Battle of Hanover is scheduled for Tuesday, July 2 - a few days after the battle's 150th anniversary.

More than 200 people and horses will re-create the battle scene on the Sheppard Farm in Union Township, Adams County. The 600-acre farm includes some of the land where cavalries fought in 1863, according to a news release from the Land Conservancy of Adams County.

The conservancy hosted a Battle of Hanover re-enactment on the farm five years ago to mark the 145th anniversary, said Marti Shaw, the conservancy's administrator.

"That's where the Hanover action took place," she said. "It's very close by, if not the exact same place."

The news release describes the June 30, 1863, battle as an "engagement that delayed J.E.B. Stuart's return to Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia during the Gettysburg campaign."

Shaw put it this way: "(Stuart) wanted to get to Gettysburg, and (the Union) held him up."

J. David Petruzzi, author of The Complete Gettysburg Guide, will narrate the re-enactment.

"The countryside will rumble with the roar of cannons as horse-drawn artillery units maneuver into position, and the earth will tremble from the hoofbeats of hundreds of horses as the Battle of Hanover begins to rage," according to the news release.

The schedule: The event is open to the public. Beginning at 1 p.


m., spectators can interact with vendors and re-enactors. The re-enactment is scheduled for 6 p.m.

"It's a mini Gettysburg re-enactment really; lots of things to do," Shaw said.

Ticket sales and other proceeds benefit the conservancy, which preserves rural land and historic properties in Adams County.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 12-18, and those under 12 get in free.

For tickets or more information, call (717) 334-2828, email, or visit

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