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Sunday, July 7

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.

Opening the Gettysburg Campaign:
The Battle of Brandy Station, June 9, 1863

Eric Wittenberg
Time: 9:30 a.m.

Gettysburg’s Forgotten Corps Commander:
The Life and Career of Major General George Sykes

John Hoptak
Time: 10:30 a.m.

Reunion and Commemoration at Gettysburg
Sue Boardman
Time: 11:30 a.m.

Sickles at Gettysburg
James Hessler
Time: 12:30 p.m.

Despair, Defeat, Redemption and Determination: The Army of the Potomac in 1863
D. Scott Hartwig
Time: 1:30 p.m.

What Gettysburg Taught Me
Noah Andre Trudeau
Time: 2:30 p.m.

Through The Looking Glass: The Reflection of Military History at Gettysburg
William Hewitt
Time: 3:30 p.m.

A.P. Hill: Savior or Red Devil?
Patrick Falci
Time: 4:30 p.m.

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 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. and 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)

Little Round Top/

Location: Park at Auto Stop #8; meet at General Warren statue
Time: 11 a.m. (1 hour)


Location: Ford Education Center, inside the Visitor Center
Time: 1:30 p.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)

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)

Culp’s Hill

Location: Culp’s Hill Tower
Time: 3 p.m. (1hour)


Location: National Park Service information desk
Time: 3:30 p.m. (2 hours)

Long Remembered

Location: Meet at the "Ranger Program Begins Here" sign in the Soldiers' National Cemetery parking lot
Time: 6 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: Ranger Site #2, behind the Visitor Center 11:30 a.m., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.
Location 2: Museum and Visitor Center 10:30
Location 3: George Spangler Farm (via shuttle from Visitor Center) 1:30 p.m.
1 hour programs