Gettysburg: High Tide of the Confederacy


Featuring Highly Regarded Civil War Historians:

-Scott Hartwig -Jeff Wert -Jim Hessler -Wayne Motts

Headquarters for this tour of the Battle of Gettysburg will be at the Days Inn located at 865 York Road (U S Route 30) Gettysburg, PA 17325 Telephone 717- 334-0030 Civil War Journeys has secured a block of rooms (Group Code CGA232) for tour participants at $99 per night plus applicable taxes.

This three-day program will start Thursday evening October 3 in the Meade Room at the Days Inn with a lecture featuring the distinguished Gettysburg historian Wayne Motts. His talk will focus on the friendship between Lewis Armistead and Winfield Scott Hancock. [Wayne Motts discusses Confederate general Lewis Armistead]

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On Friday we will follow historian Scott Hartwig as he leads the group on a comprehensive tour of the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg. We will make interpretive stops at the Herbst woods where the Iron Brigade stood firm and the nearby railroad cut. Coverage will also be afforded the fighting at Oak Hill, Barlow’s Knoll and Kuhn’s brick yard. Lunch will be at the Herr Tavern. Other interpretive stops will include the Theological Seminary, Lee’s headquarters and East Cemetery Hill where the First and Eleventh Corps rallied at the end of the fighting on the first day of the battle.

Saturday, with the acclaimed historian Jeff Wert as our guide, we will spend the entire day on the southern end of the battlefield covering the dramatic events of the second day of the battle. [Jeff Wert author of Sword of Lincoln discusses Mr.Lincoln’s army]

Interpretive stops will include the North Carolina monument, Bushman and Slyder farms, Little Round Top, Devil’s Den, Wheatfield and Sherfy peach orchard along with a stop at the site where Gen. Sickles was wounded. Lunch will be at the Farnsworth House. In the afternoon we will finish Longstreet’s assault with interpretive stops at the 1 st Minnesota monument and end the day with a stop at Culp’s Hill.

Sunday we will follow Jim Hessler, an authority on Gen. Custer and author of the definitive work on the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble assault: Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg (2015). [Jim Hessler describing Gen. Pickett’s assault at Gettysburg Jul 3, 1863]

We will start the day covering the exciting action between Gen. Stuart and Gen. Custer at East Cavalry field. From there we will visit the scene of the morning fighting at Culp’s Hill. After lunch at General Pickett’s Buffet we will swing around to the Virginia Memorial and walk in the footsteps of Pickett’s Virginians as they conducted their gallant assault against the Second Corps on the afternoon of July 3 rd . We will finish the tour by interpreting the Union defense of Cemetery Ridge and return to the Days Inn by 4:30 PM.


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