The Great Invasion, Prelude to Gettysburg

April 10-13, 2019

A BGES Civil War Field University Program

The invasion of Pennsylvania – working on the fortifications near Harrisburg, Pa., June 16th, 1863.
Courtesy Florida Center for Instructional Technology

In fall 1862, Robert E. Lee’s first northern expedition had been waylaid by Federals at Harpers Ferry. Now, in spring 1863, he was back. Bruised by battle and key personnel losses, he nonetheless pushed north in an expedition designed to cast terror in the Lincoln Administration and break the stranglehold that U.S. Grant had established at Vicksburg. This program follows Lee’s 14-day sortie into Pennsylvania and grounds you in the reasons and realities of Lee’s operation before he calls his forces together to meet the Army of the Potomac. This tour will take you to many lesser known sites such as York, Greencastle, Carlisle, Chambersburg, Hanover, Harrisburg, and Mercersburg, to name but a few. This is an absolute must-do tour if you are to understand Gettysburg.



A historian, award-winning author, and speaker who is actively involved in historic preservation and research, Robert Dunkerly holds a degree in History from St. Vincent College and a Master’s in Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University. He has worked at nine historic sites and written seven books and over 20 articles. His research includes archaeology, colonial life, military history, and historic commemoration. Robert is currently a Park Ranger at Richmond National Battlefield Park. He has visited over 400 battlefields and over 700 historic sites worldwide.