Catching up a bit, the U.S. Mint introduced the first 2011 coin in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program to honor Gettysburg National Military Park. The event was held at the park’s Museum and Visitor Center and was hosted by U.S. Mint Director for Sales and Marketing B.B. Craig; Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Bob Kirby; and Barbara Finfrock, vice chair of the Gettysburg Foundation.

The Battle of Gettysburg, the Union victory in the summer of 1863 that ended General Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North, was a turning point in the Civil War. Often referred to as the “High Water Mark of the Confederacy,” it was among the war’s bloodiest battles. It also provided President Abraham Lincoln with the setting for his most famous speech. Established by concerned citizens in 1864, the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association set out to preserve portions of the battlefield as a memorial to the Union troops that fought in the battle. In 1895, the land was transferred to the federal government and Gettysburg National Military Park was established.

The following is the B-Roll video from the quarter’s release:

Video courtesy of NewsInfustion

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