ALBG Fall Seminar:

Tragedies, Travesties, and  Controversies of the First Day

September 16th to 17th, 2017



The ALBG is proud to announce that our annual fall seminar, held September 16th and 17th, 2017 will cover a variety of topics related to the first day of the great Battle of Gettysburg.  The programs begin on Saturday night, the 16th, with an orientation program and program at the Gettysburg Heritage Center.  Participants are to meet at 6:30 PM at the Center – 297 Steinwehr Avenue (the old Wax Museum) for opening festivities.  Our full day Sunday programming will start at the Heritage Center several programs detailed below.  Registration fee includes Saturday night reception with light refreshments, materials, transportation and lunch on Sunday.  This seminar will include significant walking over often uneven terrain.  Please dress and prepare appropriately.  For more information please see individual program descriptions below.


Saturday, September 16th – Gettysburg Heritage Center Meeting Room 6:30 – 7:30

Registration and light refreshments 7:30 – 8:30

Opening Presentation – LBG Jim Hueting “Fight or Fall Back: Meade’s Dilemma on July 1st”

Meade’ Conundrum: “a question or problem having only a conjectural answer”
An examination of factors leading to his decision to offer battle at Gettysburg

Sunday, September 17th Field Program #1 – 8:30 to 9:30 AM

“The Death of John Reynolds”  by LBG Chuck Burkell

Perhaps one of the major events regarding the Battle of Gettysburg to occur on July 1, 1863 was the death of Major General John Fulton Reynolds. This presentation will examine whether Reynolds acted heroically at the moment in time, or did he actually misuse his authority and rank, which of course also resulted in his death? With Reynolds’ personal and military history, follow his positions on Seminary and McPherson’s Ridges whereby the participant will ultimately be confronted with the important question of how Reynolds used his authority while confronting danger on the morning of July 1.

Field Program #2 – 9:30 to 10:30 AM

“Iron Brigade Rout of Archer’s Brigade and the Capture of Archer” by LBG Dan Rathert

After initial contact at Marsh Creek at 7:30 am, James Archer’s brigade of Alabama and Tennessee infantry steadily pushed John Buford’s Union cavalry to the east.  Stubborn resistance by the troopers bought time for Union infantry reinforcements, including the Iron Brigade, to arrive from the south and slam into the Confederates’ right flank.  This assault badly damaged two of Archer’s regiments and resulted in his capture near the west bank of Willoughby Run.  This tour will focus on Archer’s advance and the attacks by the Iron Brigade that stopped him and his men.  The tour will begin near the John Burns statue on Stone Avenue.

Field Program #3 – 10:30 to 11:30 AM “Railroad Cut and the Charge of the 6th Wisconsin” by LBG Larry Korczyk

Description of program not yet available.

L U N C H – 12:00 to 1:00 PM

Field Program #4 – 1:30 to 2:30 PM “Oak Ridge and Iverson’s and O’Neal’s Brigades” by LBG Mary Turk-Meena

Unwarned, unled as a brigade, went forward Iverson’s deserted band to its doom. Deep and long must the desolate homes and orphan children of North Carolina rue the rashness of the hour.” With brigade losses of 65% and almost 90% for the 23 NC, we’ll discuss the tragedy of Iverson’s ill-fated attack on the afternoon of July 1, what happened, why it happened and who’s to blame.

Field Program #5 – 2:30 to 3:30 PM “Collapse of the 11th Corps Line – Barlow and Krzyzanowski’s Brigade” by LBG Chris Rebmann

A position “which no troops in the world, of equal numbers, could have held.” So wrote Arthur T. Lee of the 82nd Ohio in describing the 11th Corps line north of Gettysburg on July 1st.  When General Francis Barlow advanced his division to the knoll that now bears his name, additional troops moved forward to support his right.  Thousands of Union soldiers became trapped in a near-indefensible position. We will explore that line from right to left beginning at Blocher’s Knoll, with a soldier’s eye view of the courageous resistance and ultimate collapse of two Union divisions.

Field Program #6 – 3:30 to 4:30 PM “To Carry the Hill If Practicable – Could Ewell Have Taken Cemetery Hill on July 1st” by LBG Tony Nicastro

Description of program not yet available.

We will be returning by bus to the Gettysburg Heritage Center approximately 5:00 PM


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.