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This is what happens at a Civil War battle reenactment

The Historic Latta Plantation hosts the Tar Heels at Gettysburg Civil War reenactment on Saturday.
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The Historic Latta Plantation hosts the Tar Heels at Gettysburg Civil War reenactment on Saturday.

Historic Latta Plantation welcomed visitors and reeneactors Saturday for the Tar Heels at Gettysburg Civil War Battle of Gettysburg reenactment.

Clint Johnson, color sergeant of the 26th North Carolina Regiment, said reenactors try to make the battle as accurate as possible with historical records, clothing for the time period and camping out in the woods for the weekend.

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A spectator uses her phone to capture part of the Battle of Gettysburg reenactment. History leaves no word as to what kind of phone Matthew Brady used for his photos. Jenna Eason jeason@charlotteobserver.com

“It’s the closest you’re ever going to come to really understanding history,” Johnson said at the Huntersville facility.

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Ron McNeil, left, with the 26th North Carolina Regiment, and Matthew Paris, with the 49th North Carolina Regiment, reload their weapons at the Tar Heels at Gettysburg Civil War reenactment. Jenna Eason jeason@charlotteobserver.com

The event continues Sunday.

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Confederate soldier actors fire on opposing Union troops at a Gettysburg reenactment on the Historic Latta Plantation. Jenna Eason jeason@charlotteobserver.com

Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and free for children 5-years-old and under.

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