ALERT: Due to effects and power outages from Saturday’s storms, the Eisenhower home is closed. Shuttle buses continue operating for visitors to tour the grounds during this time. Learn more. Purchase shuttle tickets.

ALERT: Due to Saturday’s storms, the George Spangler Farm & Field Hospital is closed Sunday-Monday, July 3-4, 2022.

ALERT: Due to Saturday’s storms, debris and hazardous trees, Wright and Howe Avenues are closed. All other park roads are open. For updates, visit nps.gov/gett.

The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

President Abraham Lincoln 
Gettysburg Address 
November, 1863  

During his Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln humbly acknowledged that his brief speech would not stand the test of time - that words alone could never compare to the actions of the men who nobly fought and died here. 

However, his important words still resonate today. Gettysburg and Lincoln’s address still inspire new dialogues and thoughtful discussions.

Sacred Trust Talks & Book Signings

Co-sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation, the Sacred Trust event commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, offering free talks in the event tent on the front lawn of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center and ticketed evening programs in the theater. These talks offer various perspectives and topics on the American Civil War.

Through a signature series of thought-provoking talks, Sacred Trust brings the lessons, teachings and inspiring stories of Gettysburg to today’s audiences in commemoration of the annivesary of the 1863 battle.

Sacred Trust brings authors of Civil War titles for book signings in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center Main Lobby. Books are available for purchase during the signings.

Commemorating the 159th Battle of Gettysburg

Join us for Talks & Book Signings July 1-3, 2022, at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA.

 

Daytime Talks in the event tent on the front lawn. Tickets not required.

 

Evening Talks in the theater inside the Museum & Visitor Center. Free Tickets required for theater seating.

 

Free tickets for 7 p.m. evening Talks will be available on schedule:

 

July 1, 7 p.m. Talk - SOLD OUT

July 2, 7 p.m. Talk - SOLD OUT

July 3, 7 p.m. Talk - SOLD OUT

Saturday, July 2 Talks

Topics & Presenters


9:30 a.m. | General, They Are Coming

Jeffry D. Wert

The Union assault of the Confederate Mule Shoe in May 1864 at Spotsylvania resulted in more than a 20-hour struggle. To the combatants, nothing compared to its duration and the proximity of their opponents. Wert will chronicle the fighting, which is based on his new book The Heart of Hell.

Jeffry D. Wert is a Civil War historian and author. His recent book is The Heart of Hell: The Soldiers' Struggle for Spotsylvania's Bloody Angle (University of North Carolina Press, June 2022).

 

 

 

11 a.m. | After the Peach Orchard

James Hessler

The historiography of the battle’s second day is dominated by the Union Army’s defense of Little Round Top, but the day’s most controversial actions occurred around Joseph Sherfy’s Peach Orchard along the Emmitsburg Road. Co-authors of the book Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard, Hessler and Isenberg discuss the aftermath of the fight. What happened after the last shots were fired? What did the Sherfy family experience when they returned to their devastated farm? How did competing veterans’ interests influence our memory of the battle for the Union left? Finally, how has battlefield preservation reclaimed this hallowed ground?

 

 

Britt Isenberg

James Hessler has been a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide since 2003. He is the author/co-author of three award-winning books on the Gettysburg campaign: Sickles at Gettysburg (2009), Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg (2015, co-authored with Gettysburg Foundation President and CEO Wayne E. Motts) and Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard (2019). James also co-hosts the popular Battle of Gettysburg Podcast..

Britt Isenberg is the Leadership Program Manager for the Gettysburg Foundation. He has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg since 2014 and has authored/co-authored three books about Civil War history: The Boys Fought Like Demons (2016), Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard (2019) and The 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry (2022).

 

 

1 p.m. | Hood’s Texans at Gettysburg and Beyond

Susannah J. Ural

Ural will open with an exploration of the leadership and initiative that the men of Hood’s Texas Brigade demonstrated during the Gettysburg Campaign. Ural then expands into a larger discussion of the brigade throughout the war to understand what made them one of the Confederacy’s most effective units.

Dr. Susannah J. Ural is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Digital Humanities at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is also a Senior Research Fellow in USM’s Dale Center for the Study of War & Society. A military historian by training, Ural is the author of numerous books and articles that explore the soldiers and families of the American Civil War.

 

 

2:30 p.m. | Gettysburg’s Leadership Lessons – Then and Now

Tom Vossler

Using his 2020 book Battle Tested! Gettysburg Leadership Lessons for 21st Century Leaders as a guide, Vossler discusses those enduring leadership principles and lessons exhibited by select Gettysburg battle commanders that still have relevance today.

Tom Vossler served 30 years in the U.S. Army training and leading infantry and armor combat soldiers, beginning with combat duty in Vietnam and Cambodia. Since 1998 he has worked as a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide and has co-authored with Dr. Carol Reardon three books, The Gettysburg Campaign, A Field Guide to Gettysburg and A Field Guide to Antietam.

 

 

4 p.m. | Devil’s Den: The Best Stories of Gettysburg’s Strangest Place

Garry E. Adelman

Known for mythical tales of sharpshooters and ghosts, Devil’s Den was in fact a fierce battleground for which more than 5,000 men fought. But by 1895, Devil’s Den had evolved into a popular tourist attraction where visitors danced, drank and had their photos taken. Preservation eventually won the day, but not before a lifetime’s worth of stories were told by those involved. Adelman covers the horrific fighting, the historic photos and the impressive geology.

Garry E. Adelman is the award-winning author, co-author or editor of 20 books and 50 Civil War articles. He is the vice president of the Center for Civil War Photography and has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg for 27 years. He has lectured at hundreds of American Revolution and Civil War places and locations across the country and has appeared as a speaker on numerous televised documentaries. He works full time as Chief Historian at the American Battlefield Trust.

 

7 p.m. - Tickets Required (SOLD OUT) | An End or Beginning: Lee’s Army After Appomattox

Carrie E. Janney

Appomattox has long served to mark the end of the American Civil War. Yet closely examining the spring and summer of 1865 reveals a far more contentious, uncertain, ambiguous and lengthy ending to the American Civil War than previously understood. It underscores the complexity of decisions made by the US army, civilian authorities and soldiers from Lee’s army, as well as the unintended consequences of those decisions.

Dr. Carrie E. Janney is the John L. Nau III Professor of the American Civil War and Director of the John L. Nau Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia. She is the past president of the Society of Civil War Historians and a series editor for the University of North Carolina Press’s Civil War America series. She has published seven books, including Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation (2013) and Ends of War: The Fight of Lee’s Army after Appomattox (2021).

Sunday, July 3 Talks

Topics & Presenters


9:30 a.m. | Hugh Reid Miller

Matt Atkinson

Politician, lawyer, judge and member of Mississippi’s Ordinance of Secession Drafting Committee, Hugh Reid Miller served as Colonel of the 42nd Mississippi at Gettysburg. Mortally wounded during Pickett’s Charge, his death began an odyssey to bring his mortal remains back home…during wartime.

Matt Atkinson is a native of Houston, “Mississippi,” and has been employed at Gettysburg National Military Park for 19 years. He is currently working on a Vicksburg Campaign book. Matt’s passion is the Civil War, and he counts himself as very lucky to make a living at a hobby at the epicenter of it all–Gettysburg.

 

 

11 a.m. | Twilight of the Blue & the Gray: The Last Reunion of Civil War Veterans at Gettysburg

Christopher Gwinn

Seventy-five years after the Battle of Gettysburg, 1,845 Civil War veterans, Union and Confederate, white and black, gathered together on Gettysburg's hallowed fields one last time before passing on into history. Discover the stories of the veterans who attended and the history behind one of the most mythologized events in Gettysburg’s storied past with Gwinn’s presentation.

Christopher Gwinn is a 15-year veteran of the National Park Service. He is a 2006 graduate of Gettysburg College and holds a master’s degree in Public History. He has worked as an Interpretive Park Ranger at Antietam National Battlefield, Boston National Historical Park, and the National Mall and Memorial Parks, where he created some of the first public programming conducted at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Currently the Chief of Interpretation and Education at Gettysburg National Military Park, he manages and oversees all aspects of the visitor experience and has written numerous articles and journal entries on the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War era.

 

1 p.m. | The Hard Core: The U.S. Regular Army at Gettysburg

Carol Reardon

The professional soldiers of the U.S. Army contributed to the Union victory at Gettysburg in a variety of ways. In combat, in command and in a myriad of key support roles, Regulars set high standards for the volunteers to emulate and paid for their valor in blood.

Dr. Carol Reardon taught military and Civil War history for over 30 years at Penn State University, the U.S. Military Academy, the Army War College and Gettysburg College, and she has led hundreds of military staff rides on Civil War battlefields. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Gettysburg Foundation.

 

 

 

2:30 p.m. | Victory Summer 1863: Camp Nelson and the Gettysburg Campaign

Steve T. Phan

By July 1863, U.S. military forces were on the ascension following the dramatic victories at Gettysburg, Vicksburg and Tullahoma. In the Western Theatre, the Armies of the Cumberland and Ohio were tasked with delivering the final deathblow to the Confederacy with offensives into East Tennessee and Georgia. Camp Nelson, a massive U.S. Army supply depot in Central Kentucky, fueled the armies, who aimed to end the war by year's end.

Steve T. Phan is a park ranger and serves as the Chief of Interpretation at Camp Nelson National Monument in Nicholasville, Kentucky, the 418th unit of the National Park Service. He recently served as the historian for the Civil War Defenses of Washington, and as worked at several NPS sites, including Gettysburg National Military Park, Stones River National Battlefield, and Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument.

 

4 p.m. | From Gettysburg to the Titanic: One Gettysburg Veteran and His Story from the Battlefield to the Atlantic Ocean

Wayne E. Motts

Motts presents in public for the first-time the complete and true story of a Union soldier at Gettysburg who fought in the battle and later died as a passenger on the ill-fated ocean liner the Titanic.

Wayne E. Motts is the President and CE0 of the Gettysburg Foundation. He has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park for 34 years. Wayne is the author or co-author of two books including Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg: A Guide to the Most Famous Attack in American History (with James A. Hessler).
 
 
 

 

7 p.m. - Tickets Required (SOLD OUT) | Robert E. Lee and the Pursuit of Perfection

Allen C. Guelzo

Robert E. Lee was often characterized as remote and not given to self-revelation. But that was part of a lifetime pattern, cast by the long shadow of his father, Light-Horse Harry Lee, in which Lee was driven to pursue perfection, independence and security. Only at the end of his life, as president of Washington College, did he bring these pursuits into harmony.

Dr. Allen C. Guelzo is the Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University, where he also directs the James Madison Program's Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship. His most recent book is Robert E. Lee: A Life (Knopf, 2021).

Saturday, July 2 Book Signings

Authors & Book Signing Schedule


9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Ron Kirkwood

9 a.m.-4 p.m. | William Styple

9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Jeff Shaara

10:30-11:30 a.m. | Jeffry D. Wert

Noon-1 p.m. | James Hessler & Britt Isenberg

2-3 p.m. | Dr. Susannah J. Ural

3-4 p.m. | Garry E. Adelman

3:30-4:30 p.m. | Tom Vossler

6-6:45 p.m. | Dr. Carrie E. Janney

Sunday, July 3 Book Signings

Authors & Book Signing Schedule


9 a.m.-4 p.m. | William Styple

9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Jeff Shaara

2-4 p.m. | Dr. Carol Reardon

3-4 p.m. | Wayne E. Motts

6-6:45 p.m. | Dr. Allen C. Guelzo

 

Book signing schedules are subject to change.

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