Since 2016, ACE Southeast has been working seasonally with Gettysburg National Military Park. Located in southern Pennsylvania, Gettysburg National Military Park protects and interprets the location of the battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. The park contains over 43,000 artifacts from the 1863 battle, as well as a historic cemetery. The goal of the work being performed in the park is to restore the land and structures to a historically accurate depiction of what the soldiers would have experienced back in 1863.
In previous years, the crews have taken part in invasive species removal, maintaining and stabilizing park trails and building and re-establishing wooden fences and stone walls. This summer, the crew has been led by ACE crew leader, Rebecca Speckenbach and the work has primarily been focused on re-establishing the wooden fences around the park and brush cutting the grounds. The fences are primarily used now to contain cattle.
Last summer the crew worked on repairing rock-wall structures that played a large role in the outcome of the battle of Gettysburg. The walls served as protection for soldiers on both sides of the conflict but have degraded by varying degrees over the years. In the upcoming weeks, the crew will be shifting from fence repair to rock work before returning to their base in Asheville, NC.