Gettysburg for the 148th

As the first days of July near, all Civil War enthusiasts, buffs, nuts, and wonks turn their eyes towards Gettysburg!

Scheduled for July 1, 2, and 3, the National Park Service hosts a series of battlewalks and “Real Time” programs.  And the Gettysburg Foundation hosts their Sacred Trust program.  Here’s the line-up of topics and speakers:

Friday, July 1

  • 10:30 a.m.  – “A Strong and Sudden Onslaught: The Cavalry Action at Hanover, PA” with Licensed Battlefield Guide/Author John Krepps
  • 11:30 a.m. “Gettysburg and Symbolic Truth: Monuments are Having Conversations in Broad Daylight” with NPS Park Ranger/Author Troy Harman
  • 12:30 p.m. “Robert E. Lee, Gettysburg and the Elements of Confederate Defeat” with Author Ethan Rafuse
  • 1:30 p.m. “Murder at Dawn: The Life and Death of Colonel Ellsworth” with Author Adam Goodheart
  • 2:30 p.m. “Who Was George G. Meade?” with Author Allen Guelzo
  • 3:30 p.m. “Are You Now or Have You Ever Been a Revisionist?” with Author Edward Linenthal
  • 4:30 p.m. “What is the New Birth of Freedom?” with Author William Morrisey

Saturday, July 2

  • 9:30 a.m. “I had been under fire…and had felt no inclination to run’” Patrick O’Rorke at First Bull Run” with Harry Smeltzer
  • 10:30 a.m. “The George Spangler Farm: 11th Army Corps Field Hospital” with Author Wayne Motts
  • 11:30 a.m. “Last to Leave the Field: Sergeant Henry Hayward’s Civil War” with Author Tim Orr
  • 12:30 p.m. “The Women of Gettysburg” with Author Bradley Gottfried
  • 1:30 p.m. “Varina Davis, First Lady of the Confederacy” with Author Joan Cashin
  • 2:30 p.m. “We Were There! The Smithsonian and the Civil War” with Author James Barber
  • 3:30 p.m. “A Filmmaker’s Journal Through the Civil War” with Director Ron Maxwell
  • 4:30 p.m. “From These Honored Dead”: The History & Memory of the Gettysburg Battlefield with Former NPS Ranger Jennifer Murray

Sunday, July 3

  • 9:30 a.m. “The Gettysburg Story: This Land Will Speak To You” with Authors Gabor and Jake Boritt
  • 10:30 a.m. “The Confederate Soldier at Vicksburg” with NPS Ranger/Author Matt Atkinson
  • 11:30 a.m. National Park Service Chief Historian Emeritus Ed Bearss
  • 1:30 p.m. “Antietam’s Bloody Prelude: The Battle of South Mountain” with Author John Hoptak
  • 2:30 p.m. “Lee and His Retreat from Gettysburg” with Author Kent Masterson Brown
  • 3:30 p.m. “Preservation By the Parcel: The On-Going Legacy of the Land By Citizen Volunteers” with Author Barbara Finfrock
  • 4:30 p.m. “A.P. Hill: From Confederate General to U.S. Army Base” with Patrick Falci

As you can see, the topics range far afield from Gettysburg.  Even Harry Smeltzer will be there making a pitch for his First Bull Run stuff!

I’m planning a trip up on Saturday, which might become Sunday.  We’ll see.  At any rate, more than a good reason to go visit Gettysburg this weekend.  I bet the Mine Saloon will be packed!