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This Isn't What You Want After Entering Port-a-Potty

Man suffers minor injuries, apparently loses pants when a tree falls at Gettysburg

(Newser) - He was lucky in that the falling tree barely missed him. He was unlucky in that the massive trunk and limbs left him trapped in arguably the worst place: a port-a-potty. Barlow Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Joe Robinson didn't know quite what he was getting into when he...

Tree Holds Visitor to Gettysburg Captive in Portable Toilet

Crews cut the man out with a chain saw

(Newser) - Authorities say a man was rescued after a tree that fell during high winds trapped him inside a portable toilet at Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The Barlow Volunteer Fire Department said on its Facebook page that the crew was called to Little Round Top shortly before 4 p....

Trump: I'll Accept GOP Nomination at White House or Gettysburg

Final decision is coming soon, he says

(Newser) - President Trump is considering accepting the Republican nomination with a Gettysburg address. The president tweeted Monday that the site of his acceptance speech on Aug. 27 has been narrowed down to two locations: "The Great Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the White House, Washington, D.C." The White...

Trump Vows to Sue Accusers in His Gettysburg Address

'All of these liars will be sued after the election is over'

(Newser) - With 17 days left before the election, Donald Trump was set to give a "closing argument to voters" near the site of President Lincoln's most famous address at Gettysburg, CNBC reports. Instead, CNN states Trump spent the first 15 minutes of his speech railing against the corrupt media,...

Gettysburg: Stop Taking Our Stones, They're Cursed

People keep mailing them back with tales of woe

(Newser) - Robert E. Lee and the men of the Army of Northern Virginia aren't the only people Gettysburg was unlucky for. In a recent Gettysburg National Military Park blog post , park ranger Maria Brady describes how the park sometimes receives packages of stones from people who took them from the...

151 Years After Gettysburg, Officer to Get Medal of Honor

Lt. Alonzo Cushing helped repel Pickett's Charge

(Newser) - A century and a half after his valiant death in the Battle of Gettysburg, a Union Army officer is being awarded the nation's highest military decoration, thanks to a decades-long campaign by his descendants and Civil War buffs. The White House announced yesterday that President Obama has approved the...

Gettysburg Skull Auction Hastily Canceled

Sometimes things seem like a good idea at the time...

(Newser) - The planned auction of a skull found at Gettysburg that purportedly was that of a Civil War soldier has been canceled rather quickly amid an uproar, and officials say the remains have instead been donated by the auction company for burial with honors. Estate Auction Co. of Hershey had listed...

Gettysburg Address Was Short, Entirely Too Sweet

Chuck Thompson argues that the masterpiece of rhetoric missed its chance

(Newser) - Today is the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, perhaps the most famous and vaunted speech an American president has ever delivered. It's revered for Abraham Lincoln's force, clarity, and brevity—it's only 278 words, David Kusnet at CNN points out, and it uses mostly one- and...

Shutdown Scuppers KKK Rally
 Shutdown Scuppers KKK Rally 

Shutdown Scuppers KKK Rally

No Gettysburg address for white supremacists

(Newser) - Looks like the government shutdown has a silver lining some men in white hoods won't be happy about: A planned Ku Klux Klan rally at Gettysburg National Military Park is among the events at the Civil War battlefield that have been called off because of the budget stalemate, NBC...

KKK to Hold Rally at Gettysburg

And people are really not happy about it

(Newser) - The Ku Klux Klan has been granted a permit to hold a rally at the Gettysburg battlefield next month and the opposition has come out swinging. The Maryland-based chapter will hold an event near Meade's Headquarters Oct. 5. As one man, whose great-great-great-grandfather was in the Battle of Gettysburg,...

Gettysburg Photo Now Has 2 Would-Be Lincolns

Amateur historians differ on which one is the real Abe

(Newser) - A fascinating photo debate is underway regarding Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg, reports USA Today . An amateur historian thinks he's spotted Lincoln in a photo by Alexander Gardner. The controversy? A different amateur historian identified another figure as Lincoln in the same photo six years ago. The two would-be Lincolns...

Map Sheds Light on Lee's Fateful Gettysburg Decision

New map indicates Lee couldn't see large numbers of Union soldiers

(Newser) - On the second day of fighting at Gettysburg, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee listened to scouting reports, scanned the battlefield, and ordered his second-in-command, James Longstreet, to attack the Union Army's left flank. It was a fateful decision, one that led to one of the most desperate clashes of...

Stop Mindlessly Glorifying the Civil War

Tony Horwitz looks at the historians challenging our rose-colored recollections

(Newser) - We're coming up on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and odds are we'll hear a lot about heroism and that famed address, Tony Horwitz writes at the Atlantic —and almost nothing about the "unromantic slaughter" in places like Iverson's Pits, where soldiers...

Santorum's Last Day Was a Mess
 Last Day 
 Was a Mess 

Santorum's Last Day Was a Mess

Which was typical for his campaign: Dana Milbank

(Newser) - Rick Santorum's final day on the campaign trail was spent "in typical disarray," writes Dana Milbank in the Washington Post . The first two events he had scheduled for yesterday were canceled so late the night before that his website schedule was never updated, leading supporters to show...

Ground Zero Mosque Is Sacrilege

 Ground Zero Mosque 
 Is Sacrilege 
Charles Krauthammer

Ground Zero Mosque Is Sacrilege

Some places belong to others

(Newser) - There are some places you just don’t build. Some places are sacred, and Ground Zero is one of them. “It belongs to those who suffered and died there,” writes Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post . That’s why a commercial viewing tower near Gettysburg was taken down,...

Parks Boss Had 3400 Porn Pics; Feds Avert Gaze

Report overlooks Gettysburg chief's thing for on-the-job sex shots

(Newser) - A federal investigative report has cleared a parks official even though he pored over thousands of porn pics on his computer while he was supposed to be working. The superintendent of the popular Gettysburg National Military Park was cleared of misconduct accusations linked to financial dealings with the Gettysburg Foundation,...

Lincoln's Gettysburg 'Poetry' Resonates

(Newser) - If anyone has a right to be tired of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, it's writer and producer David Grubin. As a sixth-grader, he had to write it out 100 times or so—his teacher's favorite form of punishment. The actual words meant little to him as a 12-year-old, but their...

Pack Your Bags and Shout 'Aieee!'
Pack Your Bags and Shout 'Aieee!'

Pack Your Bags and Shout 'Aieee!'

Creepiest destinations have everything from ghosties to UFOs

(Newser) - Do you like scary movies? Then you may enjoy the real thing even more. The Discovery Channel finds 10 spots guaranteed to send your shorts to the dry cleaners.
  1. Lizzy Borden Bed-and-Breakfast, Fall River, Mass.
  2. Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, Calif.
  3. Roswell, NM
  4. Salem, Mass.
  5. New Orleans

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