ALBG Fall Seminar:

Cemetery Hill; The Critical High Ground

September 9-10th, 2016



The ALBG is proud to announce that our annual fall seminar, held September 9th and 10th, 2016 will cover the incredibly important, yet often overlooked, fighting on East Cemetery Hill.  The programs begin on Friday night, the 9th, with LBG Dean Harry discussing General Richard Ewell’s decision to not attack Cemetery Hill on the night of July 1st.  Participants are to meet at 6:30 PM at the Gettysburg Heritage Center – 297 Steinwehr Avenue (the old Wax Museum). for opening festivities.  Our full day Saturday programming will start at the Heritage Center with LBG Bobby Housch covering the intense fighting on East Cemetery Hill and will conclude with LBG Stuart Dempsey exploring some of the heaviest fighting of the entire battle on West Cemetery Hill.  Registration fee includes Friday night reception with light refreshments, materials, transportation and lunch on Saturday.  This seminar will include significant walking over often uneven terrain.  Please dress and prepare appropriately.  For more information please see individual program descriptions below.


“A Moment of Most Critical Importance”

On July 1st Major General Richard Stoddard Ewell’s Confederate Second Corps met elements of two Union Corps north Gettysburg and drove them a mile and a half through the town. Confederates were poised on the threshold of a complete victory at Gettysburg, yet stopped half a mile short of their goal. LBG Dean Harry will discuss General Ewell’s still controversial decision not to attack Cemetery Hill and the subsequent Confederate failure to occupy Culp’s Hill.

“The Fight for East Cemetery Hill”

The battle for East Cemetery Hill was a significant action fought on the evening of July 2, 1863. LBG Bobby Housch will explain the action by discussing the shape and the configuration of the hill, Cemetery Hill’s relationship to other key terrain features, and the military decisions, positions, and movements of both sides. The tour will include some strenuous walking up and down the hill. Please be prepared to frequently move from one point to another.

“Earnest & Bloody Work”: The Defense of West Cemetery Hill

The longest sustained infantry combat of the battle of Gettysburg occurred in front of West Cemetery Hill, fought between Orland Smith’s Federal brigade and the Confederates of Pender’s Division. During nearly every daylight hour of July 2nd and 3rd, elements of these units engaged in deadly firefights for control of a stretch of high ground between Cemetery Hill and Seminary Ridge – a field of battle virtually forgotten today. LBG Stuart Dempsey will examine the bitter contest that Abner Perrin called, “The heaviest skirmishing I have ever witnessed.”


In the event it becomes necessary for you to cancel your registration please be aware of the following policy:

  • Cancellations must be received in writing.  The date of receipt of the written cancellation will determine the amount of refund based on the following;
  • Registrants will receive a 100% refund if the cancellation is received 60 or more days prior to the opening day of the scheduled seminar.
  • Participant cancellation received 45 to 59 days prior to the opening day of the seminar results in the forfeiture of 25% of the registration fee.
  • Participant cancellation received 8 to 44 days prior to the opening day of the seminar forfeit 50% of the registration fee.
  • No refund will be given for participant cancellation received 7 days or less before the opening day of the seminar.


100%: On or before July 11

75%:   July 12 to July 26

50%:   July 27 to August 31

0%:     September 1 and after.

cellation date.