Battlefield Guides, Inc.
Evening "Walks Through History" Series - 2013
2013 will mark the second year of Licensed Battlefield Guide-led "Walks Through History." Each Tuesday evening, Guides will lead an evening walk dedicated to a specific topic. These are ideal for those who desire a more in-depth look at one aspect of the Battle of Gettysburg, or simply are looking for something to do on a beautiful, and at times not-so-beautiful, summer evening. Each session is offered for a fee of $30, payable to the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides. Purchase six programs and a seventh can be selected for free. If you wish to participate in all thirteen summer programs, the total cost would be $360. (11 paid plus 1 free session).
When: Tuesday Evenings throughout the Summer of 2013
June 4,11, 18, 25, July 9, 16, 23 will be at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
July 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27,September 3 will be at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: Contained within the program description.
Cost: $30 per session. (Buy 6 - get one free); Click for details.
June 4, 2013 - John Archer - "The Bullets Came Thick and Close" The 137th New York and Culp's Hill.
June 11, 2013 - Stuart Dempsey - "Forward with a Rush" The 27th Connecticut Volunteers.
Raised in the autumn of 1862 for nine months' service, the 27th Connecticut experiences a lot of war during its brief existence. Over 800 men mustered in at New Haven in October; by July 1st of the following year, just seventy-five remained in the ranks. The next day, the 27th entered the maelstrom of the Wheatfield, where over half of the tiny contingent would become casualties. Barely two weeks later, the handful of survivors left the Army of the Potomac and returned to the Nutmeg State, their term of service over. Spend an evening learning the short and tragic history of this earnest, and largely forgotten, regiment of New England patriots. We will meet at the Father Corby Monument on South Hancock Avenue and the tour will involve about two miles round-trip walking.
June 18, 2013 - Stuart Dempsey - "Our Boys Fought Like Madmen" - Candy's Brigade at Gettysburg.
By July, 1863, Colonel Charles Candy's brigade of Ohio and Pennsylvania regiments was one of the most combat-tested in the Army of the Potomac. Candy's men had already built a reputation for reliability in battle in the Shenandoah Valley, at Cedar Mountain, Antietam and Chancellorsvile; they would earn further laurels on the Third of July at Gettysburg. This walk will examine the history of this superb unit and its role in the defense of the bloody slopes of Culp's Hill. Meet at the Spangler's Spring parking lot. The tour will involve significant uphill walking.
June 25, 2013 - Phil Lechak - "Trains, Trolleys, and Parks within the Park"
In the years following the battle, visitors flocked to these grounds by many means of conveyance. The Gettysburg & Harrisburg Railroad and the Gettysburg Electric Railroad Company, also known as the Trolley, were some of those means and they have their own stories as well. During this same era there were three "parks" within the Park: Round Top Park, Tipton Park, and the Wible/Wheatfield park. This will be an all walking tour of moderate difficulty: some paths and some roads. We will visit the sites of the three parks and traverse a portion of the historic Trolley rights of way. We will meet at the parking area at the intersection of Sykes Avenue and Wheatfield Road. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
July 9, 2013 - Rich Kohr - The U.S. Marines at Gettysburg in 1922
In July, 1922 the U. S. Marine Corps conducted maneuvers at Gettysburg. The highlight of this event was a series of "recreations" of Pickett's Charge and using both Civil War and "modern" military tactics. We will examine why the Marines came to Gettysburg, where they encamped, and answer the question" "What would have happened if Robert E. Lee had tanks and machine guns?" Meet behind the Virginia Memorial to find out!
July 16, 2013 - Jim Miller - "Where Are My Men?" The 141st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry
The 141st Pennsylvania Infanty entered the Peach Orchard with 209 officers and men. When they were driven back Colonel Henry Madill commanded fewer than twodozen. As Madill passed Major General Daniel Sickles exclaimed "for God's sake can't you hold on?" Madill simply replied "Where are my men?" This tour will begin at the 141st Pennsylvania Monument and follow the retreat route to the Trostle farm. Participants are requesnted to park along Sickles Avenue near the Excelsior Monument.
July 23, 2013 - David Donahue - "Guns West of Gettysburg"
On July 1st, the Union First Corps fought a successful delaying action west of Gettysburg, which bought time for the rest of the Army of the Potomac to move to the vital high ground south of town. This battle walk follows the actions of the First Corps artillery batteries in order to trace their contributions to the fight. The tour will include approximately one mile of walking through fields and some rough terrain. Meet at the West End Guide Station on U.S. Route 30.
July 30, 2013 - Richard Rigney - "Union Counterattack at the Wheatfield" Caldwell's Division on July 2nd.
tour will cover the largest Union counterattack of the entire battle of
Gettysburg. The fighting on the Union left flank is becoming desperate,
John Caldwell and his division are sent to rescue the situation, the
battle hangs in the balance. This will be an easy 1 and 1/2 mile
walk on mostly flat terrain. The tour will start at Caldwell's
Divisional Tablet on Hancock Avenue, just south of the Pennsylvania
Monument and north of the New York Auxiliary Monument.
August 6, 2013 - Chris Brenneman - "Son of Cyclorama" Even More Things That Can Be Seen In The Gettysburg Cyclorama
Join Chris for a walking tour that focuses on some of the new items discovered during his investigation of the Gettysburg Cyclorama. The tour will cover some of the farms, people and monuments that can be seen in the Cyclorama. The tour will start at the Pennsylvania Monument and cover about 1 1/2 miles of mostly even terrain.
August 13, 2013 - Jim Martin - "Confederate Monuments at Gettysburg" The Lost Cause in Bronze and Granite.
This program will be a walking tour of the Confederate Monuments that were erected along West and South Confederate Avenues. We will explore the symbolism and history of the Confederate monuments and the distinctly southern memory of Gettysburg and the Civil War.
August 20, 2013 - Phil Muskett - "Posey's Brigade"
Confederate Brigadier General Carnot Posey fought his brigade as circumstances forced him on July 2nd and 3rd. Did Posey lose control of his brigade on July 2nd causing the Confederate attacks to break down? Did he misinterpret his orders? How did the Bliss farm affect Posey’s actions? What was Posey’s roll during Longstreet’s assault on July 3rd? We will examine these questions by studying the words of the participants and walking the ground. We will visit the remains of the William Bliss farm and the advanced positions of the brigade. Meet at the Posey Brigade marker, which is near the Virginia State monument. Wear good walking shoes and bring water, as we will be walking almost two miles.
August 27, 2013 - Joe Mieczkowski - "We Ain't Bakin' Bread" Street Fighting in Gettysburg
This program will be a comprehensive look at the fighting that took place in the streets of Gettysburg during the retreat of the Union army on July 1, 1863 and the sharpshooting that took place in the town throughout the three-day battle. We'll focus on troop movements including the 45th New York and the 55th Ohio regiments and others. We will discuss battle damage on the Civil War era buildings and artillery placements in town; the fighting of the soldiers and the response of the civilians. Many soldiers bled on the streets of the town and died in the dirt. Their stories will be told. Our group will form at the Gettysburg Fire Department parking lot off of Stratton Street. The total walk around town will consist of about two miles on pavement.
September 3, 2013 - Fred Hawthorne - "Their First and Last Battle" Stannard's Vermont Brigade at Gettysburg.
On the afternoon of July 3rd elements of Brigadier General George Stannard's 2nd Vermont Brigade were poised to play a significant role in repulsing Longstreet's assault on the Union Center. This walk will cover the actions taken by the 13th, 14th and 16th Vermont Infantries in that afternoon's actions and why they have largely been forgotten in the century and a half since the battle. The group will meet at the Pennsylvania Memorial on Hancock Avenue and that walk will cover perhaps a mile along gravel walkways and in the fields.