America’s Great Outdoors — U.S. Dept. of the Interior

10/01/2013 05:30 PM EDT

Due to the lapse in appropriated funds, all public lands managed by the Interior Department (National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, Bureau of Land Management facilities, etc.) will be closed. For more information, FAQs, and updates, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.
Photo of Yellowstone National Park: Al Nash Photo of the Lincoln Memorial: Katherine Kelly

51,000 Casualties in One Battle — Gettysburg

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg….

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07/01/2013 10:56 AM EDT

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The Battle was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the “High Water Mark of the Rebellion”, Gettysburg was the war’s bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties. It was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln’s immortal “Gettysburg Address.”