Battle of Gettysburg Map Moved to Hanover

It took a crane and four tractor trailers to move a piece of history into downtown Hanover today.  Those involved hope an electric map of the Battle of Gettysburg will draw more attention to the role southwestern York County played in the Civil War.

The map was lifted into the second story of what may soon become the Hanover Heritage and Conference Center Wednesday.  The 50 year old map was created to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863. Hundreds of lights pinpoint key battles in what many consider was the turning point against the confederacy in the Civil War.

"We all took school bus rides to see the electric map," says State Representative Dan Moul, (R)-91st District. 

The National Park Service put the electric map up for auction after the old visitors cienter in Gettysburg was demolished.  Developer Scott Roland paid $14,010 for it.

"One of the most difficult things to do was to register to bid for the map on the GSA survey.  You had to show insurance, and be able to sign that if you got rid of it you'd dispose of it properly," says Roland. 

The map has an asbestos plaster which needs to be contained.  It had to be divided into 4 sections for moving.  Each piece weighs about 7,000 pounds.  A steel frame was built to prevent it from tearing apart and, once it's restored, it'll again be on public display.

"That's a coup for Hanover.  It's going to be a significant draw and do much to enhance downtown Hanover," says State Representative Will Tallman, (R)-193rd District. 

Those involved in the project, hope the map will also teach the public about the lesser known Battle of Hanover a month before the historic Gettysburg clash.  Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's Confederate cavalry, riding north to avoid the Union  Army, attacked a Federal cavalry regiment, driving it through the streets of Hanover.  Brig. Gen. Elon Farnsworth's brigade arrived and counterattacked.  Stuart was nearly captured.  The battle delayed Stuart's effort to join Gen. Robert E. Lee west of Gettysburg.

The goal is to have the electric map restored and ready for public display by sometime next summer.