Summer Evening Walks

WALKS THROUGH HISTORY

Tuesday Evenings throughout the Summer of 2018

All WALKS begin at 5:30 PM

Individual sessions will be $30 each, however there are discounts. If you purchase the entire program of twelve evening sessions, in advance you will receive two of the programs free.   If you have any questions please contact Registrar LBG Jim Cooke at cooke1863@comcast.net  Walk-on registration is available on the day of the tour, you pay the presenter directly.

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June 5           Christina Moon           “Like Fire Along The Line” The 20th Maine: Myths, Legends, and a Bayonet Charge to Protect the Union Left Flank

Perhaps no regiment, and no regimental commander, is more mythologized at the Battle of Gettysburg than the 20th Maine and Joshua Chamberlain.  From the Killer Angels, to Ken Burns’ “Civil War”, and Ted Turner’s “Gettysburg”, they have gotten more press than most other units combined.  In this program we will unpack some of those more pervasive myths and legends, we’ll try to get to the bottom of what actually happened on the Union left flank, and we’ll talk about the role these 380 Maine men played in the defense of the Union left on July 2nd, 1863.  We will meet at the Little Round Top Parking area.

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June 12     Bruce Rice       The Men Who Fought on Culp’s Hill, The Rest of the Story

This tour has been configured for the visitor who is interested in the human interest stories of the men who fought here.   We will only cover the actual fighting on the hill at a cursory level and we will discuss a few of the monuments, but the central theme is the men, their story before and after the battle, the rest of the story. This  will be a moderate one mile walk, up and down Culp’s Hill, on the Park roads.   We will meet at Indiana State Monument/Spangler Spring area.

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June 19    Rich Goedkoop      “What Mean These Stones?” (Joshua 4:21) Monuments, Markers and Plaques Along Cemetery Ridge

Join LBG Rich Goedkoop for a walk along Cemetery Ridge from the George Weikert house to the Abraham Brian farm looking at the significance of selected monuments in this critical portion of the Union battle line. We will discuss the leaders, their men, the units, their monuments and dedications to better understand the battle, its evolving import and the memorial period of the GNMP. This light to moderate illustrated walk will cover about a mile and a half on fairly even terrain. We will begin on the benches adjacent to the New Jersey Brigade monument and end in Ziegler’s Grove.

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June 26     Jerry Hahn      Carr’s Brigade on July 2nd: The overlooked determination of their stand on the Emmitsburg Road Ridge

We often stand at The Peach Orchard talking about Sickle’s Salient, the fight by Graham’s Brigade troops, and note the Excelsior Brigade monument. In this walk we will revive the memories of “BG” Joseph B. Carr’s Brigade troops and their determined stand, facing portions of three Confederate Brigades along the Emmitsburg Road Ridge. How did their determination help secure the time for MG Hancock to scramble and strengthen the Cemetery Ridge line? We will meet at the intersection of United States and Sickle’s Avenues and once again face the foe. It is fairly easy terrain and an easy walk of less than a mile.

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July  3    BATTLE ANNIVERSARY – NO ALBG WALK


July 10     Bobby Housch    East Cemetery Hill

This tour will cover the terrain 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 chronological as possible, the walk will involve climbing the hill multiple times. Please be prepared for some strenuous walking. We will meet at the Howard Equestrian Monument.

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July 17     Ralph Siegel     Three Way Attack of Kershaw’s Brigade

Confederate Brig. Gen. Joseph Kershaw at Gettysburg commanded the largest brigade in Longstreet’s First Corps. On July 2nd this big brigade of veteran fighters would lead the long march (and counter-march) to the Peach Orchard, only to have their attack plans disrupted. Once Kershaw’s brigade did step off, joining in the fight behind Hood’s Division, it proceeded to split into three segments in a bloody, confusing and unexpected fight, costing the Camden lawyer a third of his men. Guests should park in the Longstreet Tower lot and meet at the South Carolina memorial. The walk will end at the Stony Hill section of the Wheatfield, in case guests wish to make provisions for car-pooling to ferry back.

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July 24     Stu Dempsey     Courage & Good Conduct: Lockwood’s Brigade at Gettysburg

The soldiers that Gen. Henry Lockwood led to Gettysburg were some of the least experienced in the Army of the Potomac, with little understanding of the realities of battle that awaited them. By day’s end on July 3rd, they had become different men: fighting men, forged in the crucible of combat. Join LBG Stuart Dempsey as we explore how 1,800 soldiers from Maryland and New York were transformed from rookies into veterans on the bloody slopes of Culp’s Hill. Meeting point: Father Corby monument, Hancock Avenue.  Note: After the first tour stops on Cemetery Ridge, participants will caravan by vehicle to Culp’s Hill. The tour includes walks along Cemetery Ridge and Culp’s Hill, including a couple of moderate inclines.

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July 31       Chris Army      Come on you Wolverines!!” – A look at the action on East Cavalry Field

On July 3, 1863, two brigades of Union cavalry led by Gen. David M. Gregg were sent east of Gettysburg along the Hanover road in an effort to cover Meade’s right flank. Vitally important to this mission was the protection of the Union Army’s supply line along the Baltimore Pike. Joining Gregg was a brigade led by BG George A. Custer. The ensuing fight featured a clash between these Union cavalrymen and the Confederate horsemen under Gen. Jeb Stuart, the reasons and results of which are still debated today. We will look at the action by discussing the ground, the road network, the command structure and decisions made during this fateful attack.  Meet in the parking lot of St. Marks Church at the corner of the Baltimore Pike and White Church Rd. From there we will travel out to East Cav Field.

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Aug 7      Rob Abbott     Colonel John Brockenbrough’s Brigade at Gettysburg

Colonel John Brockenbrough’s Virginia Brigade is usually either singled out for its poor performance at Gettysburg or omitted entirely from a battle narrative. Primary sources are scarce and many aspects of the brigade’s historical contribution at Gettysburg remain disputed.  This battle walk will retrace their actions on Day 1 and Day 3 and consider the varying interpretations.  We will meet at the 150th Pennsylvania Infantry monument for Day 1.  Halfway through the walk, we will move to the Brockenbrough Brigade Tablet on West Confederate Avenue to interpret their participation in the Day 3 Longstreet’s Assault.  We intend to walk all the way to the Bliss Farm and back, so dress accordingly.

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Aug 14    Bill Trelease   THE U.S. REGULARS AT GETTYSBURG;  A Semi-circle of fire

The brigades of Sidney Burbank and Hannibal Day, part of the Union 5th Corps had the distinction of being the only infantry units in the Army of the Potomac that consisted of regular U.S soldiers.  For these men, being a soldier was their career and, as a result, they were highly disciplined and professional and, late in the afternoon of July 2nd, they would need every bit of those two qualities as they advanced to confront the final Confederate surge through the Wheatfield.  Their fight would be brief, confusing , but very bloody.  In fact, Burbank’s Brigade would end up suffering the highest casualties of any other brigade in the hard pressed 5th Corps that afternoon.   We will review the role of the regulars in the Army of the Potomac leading up to Gettysburg and then discuss what happened to them on that terrible afternoon of July 2nd was they fought their way out what became a “semicircle of fire”.  We will meet at the monument to Walcott’s battery at the intersection of Crawford Avenue and the Wheatfield Road.

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Aug 21     Britt Isenberg    “Discovering the Enemy” – Buford’s Division at Gettysburg

There is much left to be said about General John Buford’s Division at Gettysburg even with the large amounts of published material focusing on his command. This tour will challenge some of the broad assertions that have been made about his division’s role over the years, but more importantly focus on the job of cavalry, Buford’s operational objectives, the division’s intelligence gathering, and the realities of their tactical deployment that ultimately took them into battle on July 1, 1863. Along the way we will be introduced to General John Buford and meet some of the fascinating men who rode in the ranks with him. “Boots and saddles!”  We will meet at the Eternal Light Peace Memorial.

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Aug 28    Eric Lindblade   Pettigrew’s Brigade on July 1

Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Eric Lindblade as we follow in the footsteps of the North Carolina brigade under the command of James J. Pettigrew. The focus of the tour will be on the heavy fighting on July 1 seen by the 11th and 26th North Carolina and the flanking action of the 47th and 52nd North Carolina that helped to drive Union forces from McPherson’s Ridge. In addition, a number of the controversies and myths of the brigade will be discussed. This tour will consist of a light to moderate walk along Meredith and Reynolds Avenue with a number of stops pertaining to the brigade.  We will meet at the monument to the 151st Pennsylvania on Reynolds Avenue.

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