Perspectives on Gettysburg July 2, 1863 Itinerary
Friday, June 15, 2018
6:00 PM. Check in at headquarters hotel for meet and greet and to pick up your map handout. Scott’s opening lecture will take a look at the Face of Battle at Gettysburg on July 2 by exploring the nature of the battle that the soldiers and civilians on each side experienced. A spirited Q&A will follow before breaking, when you can go get some dinner on your own.
Saturday, June 16, 2018
8:15 AM. We will travel to Seminary Ridge and the haunting North Carolina Monument, where will discuss Lee’s and Meade’s plans for July 2. We will then move down Seminary Ridge to the Rogers Farm, where we will discover and discuss what Longstreet found after his flank march and the alterations he made to Lee’s plans. We will also discuss how Daniel Sickles, a New York congressman, found himself advanced in front of the Union lines and in disobedience of Meade’s orders. Our next stop is at the north slope of Little Round Top, where we will walk half a mile to Strong Vincent’s position on the dominating terrain. Once there, we will examine their defensive alignment that would accept Law’s and Robertson’s attacks. After leaving the 20th Maine position, we will go to the line of the Gettysburg Trolley to get a unique perspective of the fighting in the Devil’s Den between the Texas Brigade and Benning’s Georgians against Ward’s Third Corps brigade. After lunch, we will walk Kershaw’s attack from Warfield Ridge to the Wheatfield (about half a mile). We will then walk from Wheatfield Road along Caldwell’s Counterattack, where the 2nd Corps unit temporarily cleared the Wheatfield and aligned woods of Confederates. We will then return to the hotel. Lunch is included, and dinner will be on your own.
Sunday, June 17, 2018
8:15 AM. We start off at General Barksdale’s stepping-off point, where we will walk his attack that collapsed Sickles’ line and created a crisis for the Union army. We will visit the Trostle Farm before going over to the Codori farm next to the Emmitsburg Road, where we will walk the assault of Anderson’s units led by Wright and Perry, which crested Cemetery Ridge. This is often overlooked in the larger interpretation of the charge by Pickett and Pettigrew the next day. After lunch we will head to Culp’s Hill, starting at the tower to walk the Union works and intersperse the fighting initiated by Ewell’s Second Corps on the Union right. Time permitting, we will conclude at East Cemetery Hill to discuss the second element of Ewell’s assault. We will then return to the hotel with the program now completed. Lunch is included with the program, and we will be dismissing before dinner. Thank you for coming.
Registration includes two lunches, battlefield maps, the academic program, support of a professional historian, tour director, and on-the-ground transportation appropriate to the registration. We will also provide snacks, bottled water, and a limited selection of sodas.
Ten percent of your registration fee is a tax-deductible contribution to the BGES 25th Anniversary Capital Reserve Campaign.