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Friday, April 20, 2018
Friday Evening Program: Panel Discussion: Dissent and Resolution at Gettysburg
Kick off the Spring Muster weekend with a lively historical discussion with noted members of the Gettysburg Foundation Historians Council. Panelists will debate some of the controversies surrounding the Battle of Gettysburg both in 1863 and today. The Friday evening program will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
On Saturday, eight different programs will be offered. Attendees will choose one program in the morning from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and one in the afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A boxed lunch will be offered in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The available programs are listed below:
Program #1 Indoor AM: "What Manner of Men": A Statistical Look at a Confederate Regiment at Gettysburg with Licensed Battlefield Guide Eric Lindblade
Collectively the infantry, artillery, and cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg were made up of over 250 individual units. Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Eric Lindblade as he takes an in-depth look at the composition of one of the most famous regiments in Lee's Army: The 26th North Carolina. Using the words of those who served in the regiment as well as a modern statistical analysis we can gain a better understanding of the makeup of the regiment that "covered itself in glory" at Gettysburg, and the impact the battle had on those in the ranks and their families.
Program #2 Indoor PM: A Dozen Dogged Days: Meade’s Army of the Potomac Command: 2 July-14 July 1863 with Licensed Battlefield Guide Doug Douds
Major General George Gordon Meade enters his fifth day of command locked in the Civil War's bloodiest battle. This seminar will study how Meade used his staff and principal subordinates to fight the final two days of the Battle of Gettysburg and assessed the challenges and opportunities posed by pursuing Lee’s defeated army toward a swollen Potomac River. These twelve days reveal Meade’s leadership no less than his first 96 hours of command and merit our study and reflection.
Program #3 AM or PM: “The Grandest Charge Ever Made” with Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee
On the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, the 21st Mississippi of Brigadier General William Barksdale’s brigade may have had the most success of any regiment, north or south, on the battlefield at Gettysburg, and possibly in the entire Civil War. They temporarily captured between ten and twelve Northern cannon and helped push the Union army back a full mile before they had to retreat for lack of support on either flank. The program will walk the entire path of the 21st MS that day beginning on Warfield Ridge and ending in front of the Plum Run Line on Cemetery Ridge. The walk will be about a mile, occasionally over some rough terrain.
Program #4 AM or PM: Rodes’ Division at Gettysburg with Licensed Battlefield Guide Mary Turk-Meena
Robert Rodes and his Division of Ewell’s Corps arrived at Gettysburg on the afternoon of July 1 with a reputation for solid fighting and inspired leadership during the Peninsula Campaign and Antietam (Sharpsburg) in 1862 and having led Stonewall Jackson’s flank attack at Chancellorsville. What happened at Gettysburg? During this program we will explore and evaluate the leadership of Rodes and his brigade commanders, from the preemptive and uncoordinated attack on the afternoon of July 1 to the failure to support Early’s attack on Cemetery Hill on July 2. This tour includes a moderate field walk of approximately one mile over some uneven terrain.
Program #5 AM or PM: Ring of Fire with Licensed Battlefield Guide Charlie Fennell
Many Civil War enthusiasts believe that General Lee wanted to attack the Union Position at Gettysburg at dawn on July 2. Whether this is accurate or not is another story, but if he had he would have most likely have been successful for there was 1000 yard gap in the Union position along the vital Baltimore Pike separating the 1st Corps on Culp’s Hill from elements of the 12th Corps near Powers Hill. This gap extended for nearly one mile. On the morning of July 2, Union leaders attempted to close this gaping hole in the Union line by assembling 49 guns to cover this gap. After this line of fire was established what role did it play in the battle? Furthermore, what role does this ground play today in battle field preservation and interpretation? This tour includes a moderate walk of approximately one mile that will travel over Power’s Hill.
Program #6 AM or PM: The Last Stand of Krzyzanowski’s Brigade with Licensed Battlefield Guide Ralph Siegel
July 1, 1863, was the day the Army of the Potomac would stand and fight. This is embodied in the fabled Bucktails and Iron Brigade to the west. To the north, this was seen in the valor of Col. Vladimir Krzyzanowski’s 2nd Brigade. After the XI Corp line was placed in a weak position through the hubris of inattentive generals, it would fall to Krzyzanowski’s men to correct this defect with the strength of their courage and the fire of their muskets. Any study of these five regiments dispels the low reputation often consigned the XI Corps. The battlewalk of one mile over easy ground will quite literally trace the footsteps of this hard-hit brigade.
Program #7 AM or PM: "What Mean These Stones?" (Joshua 4:21) with Licensed Battlefield Guide Richard Goedkoop
Join LBG Rich Goedkoop for a walk along Cemetery Ridge from the George Weikert house to the Abraham Brian farm looking at the significance behind selected monuments in this critical portion of the Union battle line. We will look at the men, units, monuments and their dedications to better understand the battle and its evolving import. This light to moderate walk will cover approximately 1 1/2 miles on fairly even terrain.
Program #8 AM or PM: Before God, Before Mother, They Call For The Surgeon with Licensed Battlefield Guides Fran Feyock and Dr. Richard Schroeder
Join Licensed Battlefield Guides Rick Schroeder and Fran Feyock as they follow and discuss the wounded soldier’s medical journey at Gettysburg. From the personal impact of suffering a wound, to the field aid station, the Field Hospital and finally the General Hospital, the wounded soldier’s survival depended upon the skills and ability of Union and Confederate Medical Corps to confront death at every turn. Rick, a practicing Orthopedic Trauma surgeon and Fran, a Nurse Anesthetist, will provide a unique perspective blending trauma, surgical, and anesthesia care today with those in the 1860’s. This tour includes an easy walk of less than one mile over paved or even ground.
Saturday Evening Banquet
Maine Roads to Gettysburg with author Tom Huntington
The story of Colonel Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine on Little Round Top at Gettysburg has entered into legend. But there’s much more to Maine’s story than that. The state’s soldiers made their presence felt all over the battlefield during the three days of fighting in July 1863 and during the two years before that. In a talk about his new book, Maine Roads to Gettysburg, Tom Huntington tells stories about soldiers from the Pine Tree State who fought from Bull Run to Chancellorsville before they followed Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia into Pennsylvania. The Saturday Evening Banquet will be held at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center at 7:00 and will include a silent auction, basket raffle and cash bar.
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