Topics & Presenters
9:30 a.m. | Hugh Reid Miller
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
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
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
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
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
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).