The Three Days of the Battle of Gettysburg, A Field Tour
It was the greatest battle of the war, and a turning point in the fortunes of the armies that fought it. From the first crack of a trooper’s carbine in the gray dawn of July 1, 1863, to the weary popping of picket fire in the red glow of sunset two days later, the Battle of Gettysburg was an American epic that has retained a firm grip on the public imagination for more than 150 years. The stakes were high as 100,000 Federals in the Army of the Potomac under George Gordon Meade fought on Northern soil for the first time after repeated defeats in Virginia. For Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia, at that time the most successful army in the world, Gettysburg offered an opportunity to deliver what might have been the knockout blow to their opponent. But weary and outnumbered, the Southerners were unable to dispose of the resilient Federals who refused to break through three days of combat.
On Friday of our tour, we will concentrate on the first day’s battle action including the Reynold’s Woods fight, following the Iron Brigade’s 700-yard running battle with Archer’s Tennesseans and Alabamians, and the Union brigade’s demise later in the day at the hands of James Pettigrew’s North Carolina Brigade. John Buford’s cavalry action, the Railroad Cuts, Oak Ridge, and the 11th Corps line, with special attention given to Confederate General George Doles’ extraordinary successes, will be covered in detail. We’ll end the first day’s battle action with a discussion of the Seminary fight at James Stewart’s Battery B 4, US position at the 3rd Railroad Cut. We will then begin to cover the second day’s battle action, with a tactical appraisal of the actions on Little Round Top.
On Saturday, we’ll continue to cover the second day’s action including Devil’s Den – the Slaughter Pen – and the Wheatfield, where top Wheatfield author/historian, Jay Jorgensen will take the lead. Then we’ll address the fighting at the Peach Orchard and along the Emmitsburg Road, followed by the action at Culp’s Hill on July 2nd and 3rd and East Cemetery Hill.
On Sunday morning, we will visit the East Cavalry Field, where Union cavalry under David McM. Gregg intercepted and then checked J. E. B. Stuart’s Confederate cavalry. We will conclude with a solid look at Pickett’s Charge.
This tour will NOT involve strenuous walking, but rather we will bus from point to point, de-board, walk a bit as appropriate, and allocate our time so as to cover the entire battle. This tour will be enlightening, both for veteran Gettysburg trekkers as well as those who are fairly new to the campaign. Our historian team is truly outstanding and can well address any questions you pose. Throughout the tour, we’ll keep you supplied with hot coffee & donuts (in the mornings), water, soft drinks and snacks, and we’ll feed you well - our lunches will be held at the Dobbin House and General Pickett’s Buffet and we’ll host you on Saturday evening from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM at an Open Bar Social at the Appalachian Brewing Company.
JOIN US on this comprehensive tour of America’s greatest Civil War battle led by a very distinguished historian team.
Registration Fee - $325.
What is included in your registration:
· The services of expert historians chosen for their knowledge and experience
· Transportation to all sites as described
· Friday & Saturday lunches
. Saturday PM Open Bar Social at the Appalachian Brewing Company
(You buy your meal, We buy your Beverages!)
· Refreshments and snacks during the tour
· Map package and handouts
DIRECTIONS: Take Taneytown Road, Rt. 134, to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center entrance and enter. Follow the drive a short distance to Parking Lot # 3 sign and turn left. Proceed to the upper left corner and park.
Friday, October 27
8:00 AM on Assemble at Gettysburg NMP Museum & Visitor Center, inside
Parking Lot #3 at its upper left side (northwest corner), from the Lot #3 entrance.
8:30 AM Depart and Begin Tour
12:15PM Lunch at the Dobbin House Tavern
4:30 PM Arrive Back at Parking Lot #3
Saturday, October 28
8:15 AM Depart Parking Lot #3 and Continue Tour
12:00 N Lunch at General Pickett’s Buffet Restaurant
4:30 PM Arrive Back at Lot #3 Parking Lot
Sunday, October 29
8:30 AM Depart Parking Lot #3 and Continue Tour
11:30 AM Arrive Back at Parking Lot #3