From the woods where Pickett's Charge began, the National Park Service beamed the battle of Gettysburg across the country to at least 300,000 pupils on May 3.

Park rangers and Civil War re-enactors took part in a televised "field trip" broadcast live via satellite to schools in more than 30 states. The hour-long program was created as growing interest in the park has forced officials to turn away increasing numbers of pupils every year.

"They may never be able to get here," said Barbara Sanders, one of the rangers who devised and presented the program, which


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