December 9, 2013
National Park Service 2014 Winter Lecture Series (Jan-Mar): The Civil War in 1864
Saturdays and Sundays, January 4 – March 9, 2014, 1:30 p.m.
Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
(Programs will be held in theaters Jan. 4 – Feb. 23, and in the Ford Education Center, March 1 – 9.)
Schedule is subject to change
Saturday, January 4
“My time I suppose has passed, and I must now content myself with doing my duty unnoticed - George G. Meade in 1864" with NPS Ranger Chris Gwinn
Not all of George Meade’s battles were waged on the battlefield. The year 1864 found the victor of Gettysburg under attack from the northern press, the United States Congress, and from the ranks of his own army. Would Meade be able to win the 2nd battle of Gettysburg? Would he be overshadowed by the emergence of U. S. Grant on the bloody battlefields of the Overland Campaign? Explore the most tumultuous year in George Meade’s life.
Sunday, January 5
"1864 - The War for the Rail Lines" with NPS Ranger Bill Hewitt
The Federal offensives of 1864 were designed to take advantage of the rail lines under its control and disrupt and destroy the Confederate rail system. Conversely, the Confederates needed to threaten the ever lengthening supply lines of the Federals, and fiercely protect their own rail lines in order to survive.
Saturday, January 11
"General U.S. Grant tries to win the war in '64" with NPS Ranger Matt Atkinson
General Grant received overall command of the entire Union war operation in 1864. Until this point in the war, Union strategy had been effectively without concert of action. Grant sought to correct this by ordering offensives across the entire Confederacy in the spring of 1864 in an attempt to overwhelm the Confederate armies and end the war.
Sunday, January 12
"The Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association" with NPS Ranger Angie Atkinson
In the spring of 1864 the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association was officially chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The organization’s purpose was to preserve the site of the greatest battlefield of the war that had yet been fought. Nothing of its kind and purpose had ever really existed before.
Saturday, January 18
"We have preaching in camp every day: The Southern Religious Revivals of the Winter of 1863-1864" with NPS Ranger Troy Harman
Did the defeat at Gettysburg with its heavy casualties spur the great revivals that swept through the Southern armies during the winter of 1863 and 1864? The revivals changed the Confederate soldier's tone, tenor and perception of the war. The intensity of those outdoor revivals were, and still are unrivaled as a phenomenon within an American army during a war. What prompted these religious spectacles and what did they look like? How did these events shape the South going forward?
Sunday, January 19
"Damn the Torpedoes! Admiral Farragut at Mobile Bay" with NPS Ranger Karlton Smith
Ever since the capture of New Orleans, in April 1862, Rear Admiral David G. Farragut had set his eyes on the city of Mobile, AL and especially Mobile Bay. This was last major haven for blockade runners on the Gulf Coast. Finally, in August 1864, Farragut and part of his West Gulf Blockading Squadron, with help from the Army, will have their chance to close off Mobile Bay. This would prove to be the last major naval engagement of the war and the last major naval engagement in which wooden ships played a prominent part. The Age of Sail was coming to an end.
Saturday, January 25
“Day after day we stupidly and drearily wait the order that summons us to the fearful work; The Army of the Potomac from Brandy Station to Petersburg" with NPS Ranger D. Scott Hartwig
The winter and spring of 1864 brought a major re-organization and new faces to the Army of the Potomac. The advent of Ulysses S. Grant signaled that the war this army had known from 1861-1863 was about to change. As one soldier quipped, Grant “wants soldiers not yappers.” On May 4 the army pushed into the tangles of the Virginia Wilderness to commence its spring offensive. All knew hard fighting lay ahead but few could have imagined how deadly it would prove, for the spring and summer of 1864 in Virginia would herald a new type of relentless combat that took a psychological as well as a physical toll on the army, and tested it as nothing before in the war had.
Sunday, January 26
"There is no use talking about peace now, we have got to fight it out. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia in 1864" with NPS Ranger John Heiser.
The Army of Northern Virginia emerged from the defeat at Gettysburg a dangerous and still viable army. Throughout the late summer and fall of 1863, Lee’s command continued to outmaneuver the Army of the Potomac. Through the winter of 1863-1864 the army recovered and prepared itself for the spring. By April, Longstreet and his veterans were back from Georgia and the army was fit, tough, and ready for the new Union offensive all knew was impending. Hardened as Lee and his veterans were the campaign in Virginia that spring and summer eclipsed anything they had experienced and tested the army as it had never been tested before.
Saturday, February 1
"Yankees in Georgia! How Did They Ever Get In?! - Sherman's Army and the March from Atlanta to the Sea" with NPS Ranger Bert Barnett
Following the capture of Atlanta in September of 1864, momentous decisions faced General William Tecumseh Sherman. Where to go now, and why? His forces, energized with victory, lay seemingly poised into the very heart of the Confederacy, yet also at the end of a long, potentially vulnerable supply line. Mythology meets practicality as we explore Sherman's solution to this conundrum, as his forces target Savannah.
Sunday, February 2
"The Civil War – The Untold Story – A PBS Film
Episode Five – With Malice Towards None"
In the spring of 1864, General William Tecumseh Sherman’s army of 100,000 men marches from Chattanooga toward Atlanta, Georgia, the industrial hub of the Deep South. Twenty miles north of Atlanta, Sherman’s army is soundly defeated at Kennesaw Mountain. Sherman’s defeat combined with Grant’s bloody stalemate in Virginia, stirs a Northern electorate grown weary of war. The presidential election is in November, and Abraham Lincoln’s chances for a second term are dwindling by the day. The Democrats nominate George McClellan. The party’s platform calls for a negotiated peace with the Confederacy in which slaveholders will be allowed to keep their property. If McClellan is elected, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation will almost certainly be struck down. Though victorious at Kennesaw Mountain, the outnumbered Confederate Army falls back to a defensive position at Atlanta. After 6 weeks of bloody conflicts around Atlanta, Sherman wires Washington: “Atlanta is ours and fairly won.” For the first time in the war, many in the North now believe victory can be achieved. Eight weeks later, the president defeats McClellan in a landslide. After the election, Sherman begins his March to the Sea. The largely unopposed march across Georgia to Savannah is a psychological blow to the Confederacy, and a stunning conclusion to the war in the Western Theater.
Saturday, February 8
"The Saddest Affair of the War – The Battle of the Crater" with NPS Ranger John Hoptak
Few other single-day battles of the American Civil War have captured as much attention as the July 30, 1864, Battle of the Crater. On that Saturday and after weeks of preparation, soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania exploded a mine underneath the Confederate defensive line just east of the city of Petersburg and in so doing presented a golden opportunity for the Union brass to break the siege at Petersburg and perhaps bring an end to the war. But after so remarkable a feat in tunneling under the Confederate lines and in exploding the mine, the resulting attack was a complete and tragic disaster for Federal arms. The fighting that ensued in the Crater between the Union 9th Corps and the soldiers of William Mahone's Confederate Division was severe, savage, and costly. The battle also witnessed the first large-scale involvement of black troops in the war's Eastern Theatre. In the end, the battle resulted in a resounding defeat for the Union and a victory for the Confederates--their last major victory of the war--with total casualties exceeding 5,000 men. Afterward, there was much finger-pointing and blame in an affair that brought out the worst in the Union high command, revealing prejudice, bias, and jealousy at the the highest levels of command.
Sunday, February 9
"So You Think You Could Command a Civil War Army?" with NPS Ranger Chuck Teague
At one time or another in 1864, there were eighteen armies in the field varying in size from 7,000 to 70,000 soldiers. About two dozen generals were tasked to command these forces; some did poorly, but all struggled. Civil War buffs can be critical of the blunders committed, imaging how they might have done better. Yet what was the magnitude of pressures faced? In this program you will be invited to sit in the saddle commanding an army on the move and into battle, and reckon the myriad decisions you would need to be making. Any wrong decision might well lead to defeat. Are you ready to command?
Saturday, February 15
"If These Things Could Talk - 1864" with NPS Ranger Tom Holbrook
Original objects from the park’s museum collection are examined for the larger stories they tell about the war in 1864 and the advances in technology of weapons that occurred that year.
Sunday, February 16
"Little Mac vs. Honest Abe: Abraham Lincoln, George McClellan, and the Election of 1864" with NPS Ranger Chris Gwinn
By the summer of 1864 Abraham Lincoln’s chances of being elected to a second term seemed bleak. The end of the war was nowhere in sight, members of his own cabinet eyed the presidency for themselves, and George McClellan stood poised to triumph in the fall elections. The fate of the Union rested not on the battlefield, but with the ballot. Join Ranger Christopher Gwinn and explore the most pivotal Presidential election in American history.
Saturday, February 22
"Kennesaw Mountain and the Atlanta Campaign" with NPS Ranger Dan Vermilya
The fall of Atlanta in September 1864 ranks as one of the most important Union victories of the American Civil War. Yet, at the outset of the campaign, Union success was far from a sure thing. On June 27 the Confederate army under Gen. Joseph Johnston made a determined stand on Kennesaw Mountain, blocking the road to Atlanta for the Union army under General William Tecumseh Sherman. Sherman chose to make a frontal assault upon Johnston’s position which resulted in some of the hardest, and most costly fighting of the entire campaign. Although a Confederate victory the battle at Kennesaw Mountain provided important lessons for Sherman and his men that ultimately helped them to capture Atlanta some two months later.
Sunday, February 23
“Can those be men? – The Prisoner of War Experience in 1864" with NPS Ranger Dan Welch
Seeing Union prisoners return from Belle Isle Prison in Virginia, Walt Whitman remarked, “Can those be men?” Entering the fourth year of the war and the cessation of prisoner exchange by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, previously established temporary prisoner-of-war camps ballooned beyond capacity prompting the construction of new pens in 1864 by both Union and Confederate authorities. With increased numbers of prisoners came explosions of disease, illness, and death. Trace the prisoner of war experience in 1864 through diaries, journals, and letters from soldiers both North and South.
Saturday, March 1
"Battle of Brice's Crossroads - Nathan Bedford Forrest's Greatest Victory" with NPS Ranger Matt Atkinson
Forrest entered the service as a private and surrendered as a Lieutenant General. Along the way, this uneducated backwoods fellow learned the art of war - Forrest style, culminating in the year 1864 with controversy at Fort Pillow, his greatest victory Brice's Crossroads, and an all-out effort by Union General William T. Sherman to thwart "that devil Forrest."
Sunday, March 2 (Ford Education Center)
"Like the Oncoming of Cities - Freedom's Dilemma" with NPS Ranger Angie Atkinson
By 1864 slavery was being destroyed by the sword and by Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Wherever the Union army went tens of thousands of African Americans fled the plantations where they had been enslaved and sought freedom behind Union lines. No one was prepared for the numbers that arrived and particularly how quickly they came. As one chaplain wrote, "it was like the oncoming of cities." The army was forced to improvise and established camps for the newly freed people but it was not trained or equipped to facilitate the transition of hundreds of thousands from slavery to freedom. The challenge to the army and the freedmen proved immense.
Saturday, March 8 (Ford Education Center)
"Spring 1864 Congressional Hearings on Meade at Gettysburg: Witch hunt or Fair Play?" with NPS Ranger Troy Harman
General George Meade had to appear before a congressional subcommittee in Washington in the Spring of 1864 to answer several questions seemingly aimed at diminishing his performance at Gettysburg. The several loaded questions leveled at him, and his corps' commanders, who also testified, appear in retrospect to be unfair at best, and a witch hunt at worst. What were the intentions of the Committee on the Conduct of War? Did they simply ask questions that needed to be asked, or did they hope to raise doubts about the administration's ability to prosecute the war? Why burden the memory of a great Union victory with innuendo's that Meade could have done more?
Sunday, March 9 (Ford Education Center)
"Longstreet to the Rescue: The Battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864" with NPS Ranger Karlton Smith
On the morning of May 6, 1864, the second day of the battle of the Wilderness, Gen. Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia were on the verge of collapse. At the critical moment, Lt. Gen. James Longstreet and his First Corps came swinging onto the field "like a fine lady at a ball." This program will examine the impact of Longstreet's attack on the morning of May 6, the circumstances surrounding Longstreet's wounding, and what the Confederates thought could have happened if Longstreet had not been wounded.
December 2, 2013
Heritage Hike, May 3-4, 2014
Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Larry Korczyk from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on May 3-4, 2014 for a two-day, fifteen mile battlefield hike unlike any other. The Heritage Trail Hike will go to areas that are not included in the standard battlefield tour. “Walking Fields of Glory” is based on the Gettysburg: Heritage Trail Guide with some modifications. Korczyk will lead this two-day vigorous hike of the battlefield while pausing a few places along the way to tell brief stories of the battlefield and the men who fought there along with some history of the monuments you will pass. This very strenuous hike will include hills, creeks, and rocky terrain.
On Saturday, the hike will cover the ten-mile Billy Yank trail which takes approximately seven hours to complete, and cover areas such as Devil’s Den and Culp’s Hill. On Sunday, the hike will finish with the five-mile Johnny Reb trail, which takes approximately four hours to complete.
Both days the tour will start and end at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Backpacks, hiking shoes and walking sticks are suggested. This tour will proceed rain or shine.
Registration Deadline: April 18, 2014
The registration fee of $90 for members and $115 for non-members includes a morning and afternoon water/snack break and box lunch on Saturday, a water/snack break on Sunday, and a copy of the Gettysburg: Heritage Trail Guide.
For more information, or to register for this event, please contact Ann Swade at 717-339-2148 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Become a Member! The Friends of Gettysburg is the membership component of the Gettysburg Foundation, the non-profit partner working with the National Park Service to enhance the preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg. Benefits of membership are: free admission to the Cyclorama, Film and Museum experience at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center and the David Wills House, 10% discount on merchandise with the Friends of Gettysburg and the Museum Bookstore, discounts on public programs, invitations to member-only events and many more.
To become a member, please contact our Membership Department at 717-339-2156.
November 25, 2013
First Corps Members-only Breakfast, April 6, 2014
Join the Friends of Gettysburg for their annual First Corps Breakfast. The First Corps Members-only breakfast will be held at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel, 95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg. The buffet- style breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Registration Deadline: March 21, 2014. Open to First Corps Members and their guests, $25.00 per person
The special guest speaker will be Dr. Brian Jordan.
Dr. Jordan is Adjunct Professor of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College. A cultural historian of the American Civil War, he earned his doctorate from Yale University in December 2013, under the tutelage of David Blight. His dissertation, Embattled Memories: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War, is under contract with W.W. Norton & Company and slated for release in April 2015. He has published a number of book chapters, articles and reviews in scholarly journals and popular magazines, as well as Unholy Sabbath: The Battle of South Mountain in History and Memory (2012). He is currently at work on a third book, Waving the Bloody Shirt: The Life and Times of Benjamin Butler.
For more information, to become a First Corps member or to register for this event, please contact Ann Swade at email@example.com or 717-339-2148.
November 25, 2013
Spring Muster, April 4-6, 2014
Join the Friends of Gettysburg for the annual Spring Muster. The Spring Muster includes battlefield tours, lectures, Friends of Gettysburg merchandise, lunch, an evening banquet, and the latest news about the Gettysburg Foundation. The weekend-long event of tours and programs will be held at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel, 95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg 17325.
Rooms have been reserved for Friends of Gettysburg at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel at a special rate of $134.00 plus tax exclusively for the Spring Muster weekend. When making a reservation, please let the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel know that you are with the “Gettysburg Foundation.” To make reservations at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel, please call 717-339-0020 or 866-845-8885.
Registration Deadline: March 21, 2014. Open to members and non-members: $140 Members/$165 Non-members (the registration fee does NOT include lodging.) For more information or to register for this event, please contact Ann Swade at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-339-2148.
Schedule of Events:
Friday, April 4, 2014
4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Registration packet pick-up in Wyndham Hotel Gettysburg lobby
4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Merchandise Room open
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.: Members’ Lounge open
7:30 p.m.: Special Musical Guest: Susquehanna Travellers
Saturday, April 5, 2014
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.: Registration packet pick-up in Wyndham Hotel Gettysburg lobby
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.: Members’ Lounge open with coffee and juice. Hotel Restaurant will be open for breakfast
8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.: Morning Tours
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Merchandise room open
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Afternoon Tours
6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.: Happy Hour
7:30 p.m.: Evening Banquet Buffet and Auction
Sunday, April 6, 2014
8:30 a.m.: First Corps Breakfast with featured speaker Dr. Brian Jordan (First Corps Members only)
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: Merchandise Room open
Friday Evening Musical Guest: Susquehanna Travellers
The Susquehanna Travellers perform the music of 19th Century America, focusing on the Civil War era and Irish music. The band got its start playing traditional tunes around the campfire at Civil War re-enactments. Since 2002, the Travellers have performed concerts and played for Victorian balls and dance demonstrations throughout the Mid-Atlantic States. The cost is $8.00 per person (this is in addition to the registration fee.)
Saturday Tour #1 - AM Indoors: Diversity in the Civil War and Gettysburg: Germans, Irish, Hispanics, African Americans and Women Soldiers with Licensed Battlefield Guide Joe Mieczkowski
Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Joe Mieczkowski for an in-depth presentation of the role that various ethnic groups during the battle and the Civil War.
Saturday Tour #2 - PM Indoors: Gettysburg’s Forgotten Corps Commander: General George Sykes with National Park Service Ranger John D. Hoptak
National Park Service Ranger John D. Hoptak takes a biographical look at the life and service of General George Sykes, commander of the 5th Corps, Army of the Potomac, at Gettysburg.
Saturday Tour #3 - AM or PM: Guns West of Gettysburg with Licensed Battlefield Guide Dave Donahue
On July 1st, 1863, the Union I Corps fought a successful delaying action west of Gettysburg, which helped buy time for the Army of the Potomac to move to the vital high ground south of town. Licensed Battlefield Guide Dave Donahue’s one mile strenuous battle walk follows the actions of the I Corps Artillery batteries in order to trace their contribution to this fight.
Saturday Tour #4 - AM or PM: Everything You Can See in the Cyclorama with Licensed Battlefield Guide Chris Brenneman
Follow Licensed Battlefield Guide Chris Brenneman on a driving tour of the battlefield focusing on everything that is visible in the Cyclorama. The easy, flat terrain tour will start with the most distant objects and work its way to the very center of the painting at the high watermark.
Saturday Tour #5 - AM or PM: Devil’s Den: Fighting, Photos, and Folklore at Gettysburg’s Strangest Place with Licensed Battlefield Guide Garry Adelman
Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Garry Adelman for a one mile, moderate tour of Devil’s Den where terrible conflict, documentary photography, and abundant historical accounts unite with boulders, monuments, rock carvings, and wild, scenic beauty. Devil’s Den’s unique combination of qualities has fostered myth and legend but at the same time these qualities foster engagement on numerous levels, and through various historical periods and topics. In a treatment that spans 201.2 million years, learn about the Den’s origins, the battle that made it famous and the fascinating story of its evolution into one of the most iconic of all Civil War places.
Saturday Tour #6 - AM or PM: Gettysburg’s Electric Railway with Licensed Battlefield Guide Sue Boardman
The controversial Gettysburg Electric Trolley operated between 1893 and 1916 as a commercial enterprise. Some said it was a great way to see the battlefield; others said it was a desecration of hallowed ground. Today it is but a footnote in the interesting evolutionary history of the Gettysburg National Military Park. Although long gone, the footprint of the trolley’s path remains. Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Sue Boardman on a moderate to strenuous walking tour that follows the trolley bed from East Cemetery Hill to its termination near Little Round Top.
Saturday Tour #7 - AM or PM: Waiting for Pickett: The Repulse of Pickett’s Charge with Licensed Battlefield Guide John Zervas
The study of Pickett’s charge is most often approhed from the Southern Perspective. What acdid the Confederates do wrong? Was Lee’s plan flawed? Was Longstreet sufficiently aggressive? Join Licensed Battlefield Guide John Zervas for his presentation that will build on a comment of General George Pickett himself. When asked sometime after the war, “Why did the charge fail?” he replied “I always thought the Yankees had something to do with it.” Who was waiting for Pickett? What Union forces? How were they positioned? Who were their leaders? this one and a half mile, moderate tour will walk the Union line, meet these men and hear their stories as it focuses on the repulse of Pickett’s charge.
Saturday Tour #8 - ALL DAY: The Unknown Second Assault on Little Round Top: The Pennsylvania Reserve Division at Gettysburg with Licensed Battlefield Guide Guillermo L. Bosch
Using a combination of classroom instruction in the morning and fieldwork in the afternoon, Licensed Battlefield Guide Guillermo L. Bosch will discuss this little-discussed second attempt by Confederate attackers from Anderson’s, Semmes’, Kershaw’s, and Wofford’s First Corps brigades to pierce the Union lines at Little Round Top defended by members of the Pennsylvania Reserve Division of the Union Fifth Corps. The history of the PARES before Gettysburg will be detailed and their defense of, and subsequent counterattack from, the northern slope of LRT (In conjunction with soldiers from the Union Sixth Corps) will be explored. Some walking involved.
Saturday Tour #9 - ALL DAY: Treasures of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with Licensed Battlefield Guide and CEO of the National Civil War Museum Wayne Motts
Visit the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg for a behind-the-scenes tour of some of its rarest Gettysburg artifacts and manuscripts. After the museum tour, travel to the Gettysburg Battlefield with Licensed Battlefield Guide Wayne Motts for a battlefield tour of locations where the items and people associated with them were present. This unique program will cover the Battle of Gettysburg like you have never experienced it before. Learn the battle through the personal connections of artifacts and manuscripts now housed in the collection of the National Civil War Museum.
November 21, 2013
Spend an "Evening with the Painting," February 22, 2014
Join the Gettysburg Foundation’s Sue Boardman, Licensed Battlefield Guide and author/historian, on the platform for an exclusive "after-hours" program Saturday, February 22, 2014 of the Gettysburg Cyclorama painting at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center at 5:00pm. Visitors will explore the history of the genre of cycloramas and in particular the history of the Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama. Presentation will include a discussion of the massive multi-year conservation effort of our country's largest painting. The painting concludes with extended time on the platform to view the painting in full light and a journey under the diorama to see how the illusion comes to life. There will be time for a question and answer session.
This special program lasts about two hours and is limited to 50 attendees. Single adult ticket price is $20 and youth ticket (age 6 to 12) is $10. This program begins in the Ford Motor Company Fund Education Center.
Other upcoming dates for this program are: March 22 at 5:00 p.m.; April 26 at 6:00 p.m.; May 23 at 6:00 p.m.; June 7 at 6:00 p.m.; July 5 at 6:00 p.m.; July 26 at 6:00 p.m.; August 16 at 6:00 p.m.; September 27 at 6:00 p.m.; October 11 at 6:00 p.m.; November 14 at 4:30 p.m. with a repeat show at 6:30 p.m.; December 6 at 5:00 p.m.
To order tickets, please visit http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/18 or call the Reservations Department at 877-874-2478. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at the ticket counter in the lobby of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA.
November 21, 2013
John Scott Adams Seminar, March 15 and March 22, 2014
The Gettysburg Foundation announces their John Scott Adams Seminar to be offered March 15 with a repeat program on March 22, 2014. Join Licensed Battlefield Guide James Hessler as he discusses East Cavalry Field: Cavalry Clash That Saved The Union.
This is a full-day program consisting of a half-day indoor lecture and a half-day battlefield tour. Program begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Ford Education Center Classroom of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA .
The program will explore the often neglected and frequently misunderstood July 3 clash on East Cavalry Field. The class will examine the roles (orders, strategy, and tactics) played by both J.E.B. Stuart and David M. Gregg’s commands in attacking and defending the field. Was Stuart coordinating with Pickett’s Charge? Why did Gregg insist on defending this position? What role did flamboyant Union General George Armstrong Custer really play? Does East Cavalry deserve more attention than an overlooked side-show that occurred during Pickett’s Charge? The tour will cover a mile or less of moderate terrain. Recommended reading includes: “Protecting the Flank” by Eric Wittenberg and “Custer at Gettysburg” by Mike Phipps.
Registration deadline for this event is February 28, 2014. Open to Members and Non-members, the cost is $70 Members/$95 Non-members. Optional boxed lunches are available for pre-order at $12 each.
For more information, please visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org or contact Ann Swade at 717-339-2148 or email@example.com.
Become a Member
The Friends of Gettysburg is the membership component of the Gettysburg Foundation, the non-profit partner working with the National Park Service to enhance the preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg. Benefits of membership are: free admission to the Cyclorama, Film and Museum experience at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center and the David Wills House, 10% discount on merchandise with the Friends of Gettysburg and the Museum Bookstore, discounts on public programs, invitations to member-only events and many more.
Membership levels range from individual ($32) to Gettysburg Society ($5,000). For more information, please contact Marie Kuykendall, firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-339-2159, or visit www.friendsofgettysburg.org
October 18, 2013
From Lincoln's Desk: A Special Display of Signed Documents, Nov. 16 - Dec. 31, 2013
View a special exhibit in the Gettysburg Address Gallery of the Museum of the American Civil War including the following documents: pages with signatures of individuals who attended the November 19, 1863 Dedication Ceremony in Gettysburg; a letter from President Lincoln to a member of his administration specifying remarks in a newspaper, and a signed pardon from President Lincoln.
Location for this exhibit is the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Museum of the American Civil War. The fee is included in the price of the museum ticket.
For tickets, call 877-874-2478 or 717-334-2436 or click here http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/18
September 30, 2013
Historic Rupp House Hosts Annual Holiday Open House, December 14 & 15, 2013
The Gettysburg Foundation invites you to attend a Holiday Open House at the Historic Rupp House, December 14, from noon to 8 p.m. and December 15, from noon to 4 p.m.
Located at 451 Baltimore Street in Gettysburg, will showcase 1860s-style decorations and your hostess will be none other than Mrs. Caroline Rupp herself! Mrs. Rupp welcomes you to join her for this festive time and will be serving holiday punch, tea and cookies in the library.
Offering interactive exhibits that use sight, sound, touch and even smell, the Rupp History Center allows visitors to immerse themselves in 19th century culture and learn about the civilians and the soldiers who struggled here, the John Rupp family and the preservation work that is critical to understanding the Battle of Gettysburg.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, please call 717-338-1243 or visit our website at www.gettysburgfoundation.org
October 8, 2012
150th Anniversary of Battle of Gettysburg and Gettysburg Address Commemorative Events for 2013
To see the numerous events scheduled for this special year at Gettysburg, download a copy of the attached schedule.Read Morecategories: Press Releases
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