“The Fight for the Wheatfield”

April 7-8th, 2017

  url.jpg The ALBG is pleased to announce the spring seminar in 2017 will focus on the battle for the John Rose’s 20-acre wheat field forever after simply known as “The Wheatfield.”  Perhaps no single area at Gettysburg was as hard-fought as this small piece of Pennsylvania farmland with estimates of 4,000 casualties in the confines of the field alone.  Join us on Friday, April 7th as we meet at Gettysburg’s Heritage Center at 297 Steinwehr Avenue where LBG Rob Abbott will talk about the units and personalities involved in this action.  Saturday morning will begin with LBG Tim Smith discussing the approaches the armies made onto the Rose Farm.  After a lunch break to recharge, LBG and ALBG President Steve Slaughter,  will lead the group in a walk to discuss the actual fighting in the Wheatfield on the afternoon of July 2.   Please prepare accordingly for outdoor programs in unpredictable weather.  Registration fee includes Friday night reception with light refreshments, materials, transportation and Saturday lunch.  For more information, please see detailed program descriptions below. ************************************************************************************* Friday, April 7th – Gettysburg Heritage Center

6:30 PM – Welcoming reception at the Gettysburg Heritage Center, Steinwehr Avenue

7:00 PM – Presentation: “They Fought in the Wheatfield” with Rob Abbott

The fighting on the afternoon of 2 July 1863 in the Wheatfield at Gettysburg is some of the deadliest and most confusing of the entire battle.  Join LBG Rob Abbott as he leads an overview of the commanders and forces on both sides.  Class materials are intended to be complementary to the Saturday sessions with LBGs Steve Slaughter and Tim Smith.

Saturday, April 8th – in the Gettysburg National Military Park 

8:30 AM – Arrive and board bus for field portion of the seminar.

8:45 AM – Bus departs for “Approach to the Rose Farm” with Tim Smith.

On the afternoon of Thursday, 2 July, the Confederate soldiers of, Anderson’s, Kershaw’s, and Semmes’ brigades fought almost entirely on the Rose property. The carnage of this day would be displayed in numerous photographs created by Alexander Gardner and his team. Of the sixty negatives the team would produce between July 5 and July 7, one fifth were created on the farm of George Rose.   This walk will concentrate on the action during the battle on the approach to and on the Rose Farm property notably the area known as Rose Woods. In addition the site of many of the Garner photographs will be examined.

12:00 PM – Depart for the Artillery Ridge Campground for lunch. 12:45 PM – Depart for the Wheatfield and “Struggle for the Wheatfield” program with Steve Slaughter.

Although originally lightly defended, and not initially expected to become a hot sector of Union General Daniel Sickles’ newly reconfigured Third Corps line, “The Wheatfield” lay between Gen. Sickles vulnerable left flank at Devil’s Den to the south, and the high ground salient of the Peach Orchard along the Emmitsburg Road to the northwest.  As the minutes and hours of the afternoon of July 2nd passed by, the sector simply known as “The Wheatfield” would become a magnet for bloody action—-funneling into a swirling, confusing, tornado of battle.  “The Wheatfield” and its surrounding woods would become one of the most highly contested pieces of ground between Union and Confederate infantry during the three days of Gettysburg.

4:00 PM – Depart to return to the Gettysburg Heritage Center 4:15 PM – Dismissal and Thank you. Appropriate shoes and dress are highly recommended for all field programs.  Be prepared for any type of weather.



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 February 9

75%:  February 10 to February 24

50%: February 25 to March 30

No refund: March 31 or later.