Battlefield Guides, Inc.
Evening "Walks Through History" Series - 2014
2014 will mark the third 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 evenings. 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.
When: Tuesday Evenings throughout the Summer of 2014
Dates: June 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 , August 5, 12, 19, and 26.
Time: All programs will run from 5:30 PM until approximately 8:30 PM
Where: Contained within the program description.
Cost: $30 per session. (Buy 6 - get one free); Click for details.
June 10, 2014 - Stuart Dempsey - "The Forgotten Florida Brigade"
June 17, 2014 - John Archer - "Written in Stone:" The 147th Pennsylvania Regiment at Culp's Hill.
In 1905, a 22-ton boulder was moved to the center of what became known as "Pardee Field." Later, a plaque was mounted on the stone that describes the actions of the 147th Pennsylvania on that ground - or does it? What they had to say about their actions during the battle. The tour will start at the Henry Slocum Equestrian Monument on Stevens Knoll and cover about 1/2 mile of uneven ground.
June 24, 2014 - Dave Donahue - "The Irish at the Center"
Irish immigrants and Irish Army of the Potomac. Many of them were present on Cemetery Ridge on July 3rd, 1863. This walk will highlight the fight that Irishmen in the 69th Pennsylvania, 8th Ohio, and 13th Vermont Infantry, as well as Battery B, 1st New York Artillery, made in the repulse of Pickett's Charge. We will walk approximately a mile over fields that have some rough terrain. Meet at the south cemetery (old Cyclorama) parking lot.
July 1, 2014 - Fred Hawthorne - Mr. Lincoln's Hallowed Ground:" Soldiers National Cemetery.
On this, the 151st Anniversary of the start of the Battle of Gettysburg this program will take a look at the background and development of the final resting place of many of the Union and several of the Condederate dead fof the great battle. A detailed, in-depth tour of the Cemetery grounds will be conducted and stories of many who were instumental in its development and of some of those who rest there will be told. Meet at the Rostrum inside the Taneytown Road gate. The program will take place on pavement and across the lawns and the total walk will be less than a mile.
July 8, 2014 - John Winkleman - "My Line Awaited the Clash:" Ward's Brigade and the Defense of Houck's Ridge"
Brigadier General John Henry Hobart Ward's brigade was the largest Union brigade at Gettysburg containing 8 regiments and almost 2200 men. It consisted of the1st & 2nd USSS, 3rd & 4th Maine, 86th & 124th New York, 99th Pennsylvania, and the 20th Indiana. John's program will cover the Union defense of Houck's Ridge on the afternoon of July 2, 1863. It will give the history and background of each of Ward's regiments, their commanders, and the units sent to assist them. It will then follow the action of each regiment as they fought off repeated Confederate attacks that afternoon. The program will last approximately 2 - 2 1/2 hours and will be over rough terrain, up and down Houck's Ridge. Meet at the Devil's Den parking area.
July 15, 2014 - Jim Pangburn - "Early and Rodes' Divisions on July 1st"
On July 1st two divisions of Richard Ewell's 2nd Corps approached Gettysburg from the north ultimately assisting in the destruction of the Federal lines north of town. This tour will be by car caravan to follow the divisions from Heidlersburg. We will meet at the Rutter's Convenience store at the intersection of Pennsylvania State Routes 94 (Carlisle Pike) and Routes 234 (East Berlin Road), north of Hampton in Reading township in Adams County. We will caravan to the battlefield portion of the tour stopping at the June 30 Campsites near Heidlersburg.
July 22, 2014 - Rich Kohr - "Roy Stone's Bucktails on McPherson's Ridge"
This program will deal with the fight of Roy Stone's Bucktails during the late morning and afternoon of July 1, 1863.
July 29, 2014 - Chris Brenneman - "Everything You Can See In The Cyclorama"
This tour will start at the Pennsylvania Monuent and include approximately one mile of easy walking. We will discuss everything pictured in The Battle of Gettysburg cyclorama by Paul Philippoteaux. We will talk about the farms, units, officers, and terrain of Gettysburg. This tour will use the Cyclorama to discuss the way in which the battle was interpreted in the late 1800's. The painting also reveals some of the ways in which the battlefield has changed over the years. Finally, we will discuss some of the things the artist "got right" and "got wrong" in his recreation of Pickett's Charge.
August 5, 2014 - Kim Hostetter - "The Pennsylvania Reserves on Little Round Top"
"In the name of Pennsylvania, Charge!" was the battle cry of the Pennsylvania Reserves as they charged off Little Round Top the evening of July 2nd. This walk, which will focus on McCandless' Brigade at Gettysburg, will cover the formation of the Pennsylvania Reserves, their grueling march toward Gettysburg, and their often overlooked actions on July 2nd and 3rd. We will meet at the parking area at the northern base of Little Round Top (not at the parking lot on top of the hill), located at the northeast corner of the intersection of the Wheatfield Road and Sedgwick Avenue. There will be moderate walking, mostly on paved roads, but some on uneven or grassy areas.
August 12, 2014 - Joe Mieczkowski - "Foreign Born Troops At Gettysburg"
Serving alongside comrades keeps you in the war - not commitment to cause. During the Civil War, soldiers in the field were most loyal to men who looked like themselves or to those from similar ethnic backgrounds. The tour is an examination of diversity in the Battle of Gettysburg. Most of the soldiers were born in the United States, but there were large percentages of foreign-born soldiers - particularly from Germany and Ireland. We will discuss foreign troops from many nations in the battle and in the war. The tour will include stops where these immigrant soldiers fought alongside Americans. We will discuss African American soldiers, Hispanic soldiers, and women. We will show where they fought and their motivations for participating.
NOTE: TOPIC CHANGE DUE TO ILLNESS
Deb Novotny - "Evergreen Cemetery"
Walking Tour of the Historic Evergreen Cemetery: hear the stories of some of Gettysburg’s civilians: James Gettys, Mary Virginia Wade, Cpl. Johnston Skelly, John Burns, Edward McPherson, John Burns, Salome Myers, Samuel S. Schmucker, Samuel Weaver, David Wills, and many others. Also included will be the possible site of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Moderate walking about a mile.
August 26, 2014 - Phil Muskett - "Wait a little; we are all going in presently:" Barksdale's Mississippians at the Peach Orchard.
Confederate General William Barksdale’s brigade will lose almost half their men in the fighting on July 2, 1863. These brave Mississippians will advance nearly a mile, fighting with parts of four Union brigades. Join Phil Muskett as we walk this hallowed ground and study the actions of these brave men. We will meet at the Mississippi state monument on West Confederate Ave. We will walk to the Peach Orchard and then to the Codori Thicket. Bring water and wear proper shoes. We will be walking on pavement and through fields for a distance of almost two miles.TO REGISTER AND PAY BY MAIL PRINT THE MAIL-IN REGISTRATION FORM AND SEND IT IN WITH YOUR PAYMENT INFORMATION OR CHECK,