“If you ever come across anything suspicious like this item, please do not pick it up, contact your local law and/or enforcement agency for assistance”.
U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians joined Federal, state and local bomb squad personnel at a Civil War era unexploded ordnance course at the Gettysburg National Military Park. Around 35 bomb squad personnel from nine U.S. military, state and local bomb disposal units attended the UXO awareness course. Members of the U.S. Army’s 55th Ordnance Company (EOD); U.S. Air Force’s 316th EOD Wing; Pentagon Force Protection Agency; Pennsylvania State Police Bomb Squad; Maryland State Police Bomb Squad; Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department Bomb Squad; Montgomery County Police Bomb Squad; Arlington County Fire Department Bomb Squad; and Loudoun County Bomb Squad attended the training. R. Gregory Goodell, the museum curator at the Gettysburg National Military Park, conducted the training course to provide an overview of the variety of Civil War era artillery ammunition that bomb squad professionals are likely to encounter. This is particularly important for two reasons: the physical imprint clearly made by this ammunition on our physical landscape and the presence of historic artillery ammunition in accumulated museum collections across the country,” said Goodell. “Our military and law enforcement EOD teams are the first line of response in addressing this piece of our accumulated history.” Goodell said an enormous amount of artillery was fired during the Battle of Gettysburg, which was one of the costliest and most decisive battles of the Civil War. Both armies collectively expended around 55,000 rounds of artillery ammunition during the battle,” said Goodell. “This included all of the typical field artillery ammunition of the time – solid shot and bolt, cannister, shell and case shot.” A native of Westminster, Maryland, and graduate of Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland, Goodell has been at the Gettysburg Museum for 22 years. Goodell said the Battle of Gettysburg and Civil War continue to inspire a deeper study and examination more than 160 years (eight score) after the guns fell silent.
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