The Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 3, 1863, hand-colored lithograph by Currier and Ives. US Library of Congress image.

Huge Gettysburg Battlefield map moved to new home

The Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 3, 1863, hand-colored lithograph by Currier and Ives. US Library of Congress image.

The Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 3, 1863, hand-colored lithograph by Currier and Ives. US Library of Congress image.

HANOVER, Pa. (AP) – The 12-ton light-up map of the decisive moments of the Battle of Gettysburg has been hoisted to its new home about 12 miles away.

A central Pennsylvania businessman hopes the map will be the centerpiece of a new conference center he’s building in Hanover.

The Hanover Evening Sun reports the last of the four huge pieces of the 30-by-30-foot plaster and steel map were hoisted into the second floor of a former bank building.

Scott Roland purchased the map at auction last month for $14,000. That saved the longtime fixture at the Gettysburg National Military Park from the scrap heap.

The map shows how Union and Confederate troops moved during the three-day battle in July 1863.

The map went on display for the battle’s centennial but park officials pulled the plug on it when they opened a new visitor’s center in 2008.

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Information from: The Evening Sun, http://www.eveningsun.com

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The Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 3, 1863, hand-colored lithograph by Currier and Ives. US Library of Congress image.

The Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 3, 1863, hand-colored lithograph by Currier and Ives. US Library of Congress image.