Our Centennial Year Evening

Walks Through History” Series – 2015

2015 is the Centennial Year of the start of our modern LBG force.  It  will also mark the fourth 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 2015

Dates:        June 9, 16,  23, 30, July 7, 14, 21,  28, August 4,  11, 18, 25 , September 1, 8.

Time:          All programs will run from 5:30 PM until approximately 8:30 PM

Where:       To be provided prior to the scheduled date in joining instructions.

Cost:          $30 per session.  (Buy 6 – get one free); Click for details.


June 9, 2015 –  Stuart Dempsey  – “Fairfield County’s Own: The 17th Connecticut Volunteers”

Organized in southwestern Connecticut in the summer of 1862, the Seventeenth had fought one battle – a disastrous initiation at Chancellorsville – prior to Gettysburg. The regiment arrived on the field in the afternoon of July 1st with high morale, solid leadership, and a desire for redemption. Within thirty-six hours the Seventeenth had fought two engagements and lost nearly two hundred men; in the process establishing a reputation as a tough and steadfast unit. Spend an evening learning about this keen band of New England patriots, on the ground where they fought.  Please note this is a “caravan” tour after leaving Blocher’s Knoll expect to drive to other tour stops.
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June 16, 2015 – Richard Goedkoop  – “The Iron Brigade”

This walking tour will focus on the 2nd, 6th, 7th Wisconsin, 19th Indiana and 24th Michigan in their actions on July 1st from Seminary Ridge to Willoughby Run to the Railroad Cut and back to Seminary Ridge for their “last stand.” The program will also review the advances of the Confederate brigades of James Archers, Joseph Davis, and Johnston Pettigrew as they confront the “Black Hatted” westerners of the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Army Corps.

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June 23, 2015 –  John Archer – “Against fearful odds and with terrible loss….” The 147th New York Stands Alone.

Many students of the battle are familiar with the stubborn defense of Herbst Woods, or the dramatic action at the Railroad Cut on the morning of July 1, 1863. But over 250 yards from the neat line of monuments to Cutler’s Brigade, the 147th New York stood alone that morning, sacrificing themselves to hold the line against three Southern regiments.The tour starts on Stone Avenue by the McPherson Barn and covers about 1/2 mile of uneven terrain.

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June 30, 2015  –  Jim Miller – “Ohio Valor at Gettysburg”
Left alone, but standing to their duty, the brave men of the 8th Ohio found themselves isolated in the path of Pickett’s Charge. Rather than withdra, they held their ground and launched a counterattack which helped turn the tide of Pickett’s Chare on the third day at Gettysburg. Walk consists of about a half a mile of walking over gently rolling terrain.

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July 7, 2015 – Ralph Siegel – “Gunfight at the Peach Orchard”

Longstreet’s infantry attack on July 2 was preceded by an exchange of artillery gunfire that grew rapidly in volume and intensity. It may have been the largest close-range artillery fight of the entire Civil War. Never had so many veteran batteries engaged in such a fierce contest at such close range as E. P. Alexander;’s battalions faced off against the guns of Judson Clark and Freeman McGilvery.  There will be about a half a mile of easy walking along roadsides.

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July 14, 2015 – Britt Isenberg – “Brooke’s Brigade – Through the Wheatfield and Beyond”

Of the few Federal counterattacks at Gettysburg, the most formidable was that of Caldwell’s Division in the Wheatfield on July 2. At the heart of this action was Colonel John Brooke’s Begade of veterans, meeting with so much success that they outran their closest supports and were left to meet the weight of a relentless Confederate offensive in an overly isolated position.  We’ll follow the footsteps of Brooke’s Brigade, advance and retreat, and visit one of the more recent discoveries at Gettysburg on the way.

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July 21, 2015 – Phil Muskett – “O’Neal’s Brigade”

This evening’s walk will encompass Colonel Edward Asbury O’Neal’s Alabama brigade during the afternoon of July 1 1863. Where exactly was this brigade during the first day? Was it on Oak Hill or on the eastern slope of Oak Hill?  We will examine this and a few other interesting aspects of this birgade’s actions.  We will walk about a mile or maybe a little more. We will go done in the valley and back up the slope of Oak Hill. Good walking shoes are highly recommended.

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July 28, 2015 – Paul Bailey – “Here are some boys that will fight when their turn comes…”

In the early afternoon of July 2nd, General Abner Doubleday spoke these words to descirbe the men of the 2nd Vermont Brigade as the lay massed in columns on the southern slope of Cemetery Hill. Formed by the events of July and August 1862 when President Lincoln called for volunteers to serve for just nine months and within days of completing their enlistments without having experienced combat, few expected much from the Green Mountain Boys. However, led by Brigadier General George J. Stannard, these men will, at the critical times, move to the center of the storm, fill the gap, recapture guns and execute two flank attacks that devastate the Confederates.  This walk will cover those actions.

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August 4, 2015 – Dean Harry – “All resolved to fight as they had never fought before” – the July 1st Fight for Oak Ridge.”

This walk will examine the Union defesne of Oak Ridge on July 1st by Major General John Cleveland Robinson’s division. We will begin on Oak Hiil and discuss the arrival of Major General Robert Rodes division and Major General Abner Doubleday’s reaction to the threat posed by Confederates on the right flank of the Union 1st Corps.  After a short walk to Oak Ridge, we will examine the Union defense of the ridge beginning with the arrival of skirmishers of the 97th New York and ending with the retreat of the 16th Maine. We will focus on the defeat of Iverson’s and O’Neal’s attack by Baxter’s brigade and the subsequent defeat of Paul’s brigade by various elements of Rodes’ division. This tour involved a moderate hike of some uneven ground.

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August 11, 2015 –  Gary Vezza– “Kershaw’s Brigade  ‘…align to the right.”

Kershaw’s South Carolina Brigade attacks acrss the Emmitsburg road on July 2nd. Follow this brigade as it moves through the Rose farm and toward the Stony Hill and the Peach Orchard. Walk will cover moderate terrain for perhaps one to one and a half miles..

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August 18, 2015 – Joel Busenitz – “Biddle’s Brigade”

This evening walk will concentrate on the actions of Biddle’s Brigade.

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August 25, 2015 –  Dave Hamacher –  “The Key to the Position – the First Corps on Culp’s Hill”

When the 7th Indiana Regiment arrived on Culp’s Hill on the evening of July 1st the men in the regiment quickly saw the importance of that position. By the end of the day the Union 12th Corps would arrive but the men of the 7th, plus the rest of General Cutler’s Brigade and the Iron Brigade, would aid in the defense of the hill for the remainder of the battle. This walk will cover the actions on July 1-3 on Culp’s Hill. We will begin on East Cemetery Hill and walk to Steven’s Knoll and over to the fighting on Culp’s Hill. The walk will cover about one to two miles over paved roads and on some of the paths in the woods. It will consist of moderate to heavy walking.

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September 1, 2015 –  Bobby Housch – “East Cemetery Hill”

This walk will cover the terrrain of East Cemetery Hill, the man-made structures, the personalities and the positioning of troops on the three days of the battle. In order to keep the tour as chrononlogical as possible, the walk will involve climbing the hill multiple times. Please be prepared for some strenuous walking.

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September 8, 2015 –  Dave Donahue – “Guns West of Gettysburg”

On July 1st, the Union 1st Corps fought a successful delaying action that gained time for the rest of the Army of the Potomac to secure the vital high ground sount of Gettysburg. This walk will examine Civil War artillery tactics and the actions of Colonel Charles Wainwright and his 1st Corps artillery brigade durin that first day’s action. It will include a walk in excess of over a mile over some difficult terrain.

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