‘Gettysburg 150: Remembering Bucks County’s Role at Gettysburg’

Jun 12, 2013
‘Gettysburg 150: Remembering Bucks County’s Role at Gettysburg’

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) launched a new, month-long initiative Wednesday to honor the service and sacrifice of Bucks County citizens who served at the Battle of Gettysburg in recognition of the battle’s 150th anniversary.

“Like many of the important historical events that shaped our nation’s history, Bucks County residents played an important role in the Civil War- including at the Battle of Gettysburg,” said Fitzpatrick. “On the days leading up to anniversary of the battle I will be highlighting a Bucks County native or resident whose story shaped the outcome of the crucial encounter.”

In conjunction with local and national historical groups, the Congressman’s office has identified 22 individuals who served at Gettysburg with a connection to Bucks County. Short biographies, personal and military information and rare photos will all be highlighted during the project.

“These families endured immense strife if the father of the household was wounded or killed in battle,” said Betty Strecker of the Bucks County Civil War Round Table Library and Museum. “They [the veterans] are very important to us. Our country wouldn’t be where it is today without their service.”

“At Gettysburg, ordinary Americans from the 8th District rose to extraordinary circumstances in the name of freedom,” added Fitzpatrick. “Recognizing real names and real faces helps to remind us that the qualities of those 150 years ago still continue today.  They were just like us and we are just like them.”

Soldier profiles and more information about the ‘Gettysburg 150: Remembering Bucks’ County’s Gettysburg Veterans’ project can be found at: FB.com/RepFitzpatrick

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.