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Friday, July 5

Sacred Trust Talks and Book Signings: 150 Years of History

The Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park present 1-hour talks by Civil War literary giants followed by question and answer sessions and book signings. All lectures are free and take place outside under the Museum and Visitor Center tent; book signings follow inside the Visitor Center lobby.

Two Retreats: Lee’s Withdrawal from Sharpsburg and Gettysburg — A Comparison
Ted Alexander

Returning to the Field of Glory: Veterans at Gettysburg
Caroline Janney
Time: 11:30 a.m.

The Long Civil War
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Time: 12:30 p.m.

Battlefields Are About Honor: Interpreting Slavery and Freedom at Gettysburg, 1863-2013
Jennifer Murray
Time: 1:30 p.m.

Ed Bearss
Time: 2:30 p.m.

The Gettysburg Story: America’s Greatest Battle As You’ve Never Seen It Before
Jake Boritt
Time: 3:30 p.m.

The Gettysburg Address Reads Like American History
Troy Harman
Time: 4:30 p.m.

'The Gettysburg Story' screening with filmmaker Jake Boritt 

The Gettysburg Story tells the history of the greatest battle fought on American soil as told through the stories of the characters who experienced those three pivitol days using the latest high-definition, cutting-edge technology available, including radio control aerial drone cinematography, motion control time lapse, dynamic geolocation digital graphic maps and more. Created by filmmaker Jake Boritt and narrated by acclaimed actor Stephen Lang (Avatar, Tombstone, Gettysburg), this film captures Gettysburg – a unique, timeless American place – as it’s never been seen before.

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center Theater.
Tickets: This event is free, seating is limited and tickets are required. Reserve your seat by calling 877-874-2478, international or local callers may dial 717-334-2436, or e-mailing our reservation staff at

Interpretive Programs

Please join National Park Service rangers for interpretive programs about the battle of Gettysburg, the civilian experience and the aftermath of the battle. Auto stop locations can be found on the Self-Guiding Auto Tour map, which is also available in the lobby of the Visitor Center. All programs are free.

Battle Overview

Location: Ford Education Center, located inside the Visitor Center
Time: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. (30 minutes)

First Day

Location: Auto Stop #2
Time: 10 a.m. (1 hour)

Second Day

Location: Park at Auto Stop #10; meet in the Peach Orchard
Time: 2 p.m. (1 hour)

Third Day

Location: Park in the Soldiers' National Cemetery South Parking Lot;
meet at “Ranger Program Begins Here” sign
Time: 10:30 a.m., 4 p.m. (1 hour)

Soldiers' National Cemetery

Visit the site of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
Location: Taneytown Road entrance to the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, Auto Stop #16
Time: 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. (1 hour)

Cemetery Hill

Location: Baltimore Pike entrance to the Soldiers' National Cemetery
Time: 11 a.m. (1 hour)

On McPherson’s Ridge

Location: Meet at the West End Guide Station, off Route 30 West; park on Stone Avenue
Time: 1:30 p.m. (1 hour)

The George Spangler Farm: An Army Hospital at Work

Location: Shuttle bus to the farm departs from the Museum and Visitors Center.
Tickets for this program are required and are free.
Time: 1:30 p.m. (1 hour)

Civil War Soldier

Location: Ranger Program Site #1, behind the Visitor Center
Time: 2 p.m. (1 hour)

Care of the Wounded

Location: Ranger Program Site #2, behind the Visitor Center
Time: 3 p.m. (1 hour)

Devil’s Den

Location: Devil’s Den parking lot
Time: 3 p.m. (1 hour)


Location: National Park Service information desk
Time: 3:30- 5:30 p.m.

Sunset on Cemetery Ridge

Location: Meet at the “Ranger Program Begins Here” sign in the Soldiers' National Cemetery parking lot.
Time: 7 p.m. (1 hour)

Evening Campfire

Location: Park at amphitheater, near Auto Stop #6
Time: 8:30 p.m. (1 hour)

Living History

Visit to the Past

Location 1: Soldiers' National Cemetery 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Location 2: Museum and Visitor Center 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Family Programs

Join the Army

Looking for new recruits ages 6-12 to enlist.
Sign up at the Park Service information desk.
Spots are limited to the first 25 participants!
Location: Ranger Site #1, behind the Visitor Center
Time: 11 a.m. (1 hour)

Hands-on History Cart

Location: Various locations in the Visitor Center
Time: 1 - 3:30 p.m. (ongoing)