Perspectives on Gettysburg July 2, 1863
June 15-17, 2018
A BGES Weekend Warrior Program
It has been called the best three hours of fighting ever done by any soldiers. Of the three days fighting at Gettysburg, the most intriguing has always been Lee’s actions on Day 2 and the Union response to it. Entire tours have been designed around elements of the day, and there is no end of debate on the merits or demerits of the day and the participants. The battle has a scholarly magazine devoted to it, and any historian of note as well as many of little note has written their Gettysburg tome. Few have had the luxury of living the battle day after day for years and years. Meet one such man, our guide, who has served as a senior historian for Gettysburg National Military Park.
PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST BE PREPARED FOR EXTENSIVE WALKING, AS MANY SITES ARE AWAY FROM PAVED ROADS. IF YOU WALK IN, YOU MUST BE PREPARED TO WALK OUT.
Scott Hartwig is a highly respected historian who recently retired from his position as lead historian for the National Park Service at Gettysburg NMP. In his years at the park, he has overseen interpretation and had years of interaction with the grounds and artifacts in the park’s substantial collection. He is also the noted historian of the wonderful and exceptionally readable scholarly study of the 1862 Maryland Campaign. His book, To Antietam Creek, The Maryland Campaign of 1862, is part 1 of a two-book series that is bound to become the standard source for the pivotal 1862 campaign. He lives where he worked, in Gettysburg. This is his home turf.