The Medal of Honor: Special Tours at Gettysburg September 21
Contact: Katie Lawhon, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3121
On Saturday, September 21, Gettysburg National Military Park will offer a series of free interpretive programs exploring the Medal of Honor and the battle of Gettysburg. The programs are being scheduled to coincide with the 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention, which is being held in Gettysburg, Pa.,September 18—22, 2013.
On July 12, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation that authorized a Medal of Honor be awarded to members of the United States Army who had demonstrated “gallantry in action, and other, soldier-like qualities.” One hundred and fifty years later, the Medal of Honor remains the highest honor bestowed to American military personnel.
During the three day battle of Gettysburg, sixty-three Union soldiers performed actions for which they would ultimately receive the Medal. Some men earned their medal through battlefield heroics; others purchased it through political connections. Each represents a compelling chapter in the story of the Medal of Honor and the battle of Gettysburg.
This series of three, one-hour programs, “Courage and Controversy: The Medal of Honor Gettysburg,” will examine some these men, their stories, and the history of the medal their nation bestowed upon them.
10:00 a.m. – The Medal of Honor: July 1st with Ranger Jared Frederick. Meet at the West End Guide Station, US 30
1:00 p.m. – The Medal of Honor: July 2nd with Ranger Christopher Gwinn. Meet at the intersection of the 20th Maine Trail and Sykes Avenue, Little Round Top
3:00 p.m. – The Medal of Honor: July 3rd with Supervisory Historian Scott Hartwig. Meet at the Angle, Hancock Avenue
Each program is an hour in length and involves some walking. All programs are free and open to the general public.
Gettysburg National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service that preserves and protects the resources associated with the battle of Gettysburg and the Soldiers' National Cemetery, and provides an understanding of the events that occurred there within the context of American History. Information is available at www.nps.gov/gett.
Did You Know?
John Burns, a 69 year-old veteran of the War of 1812 and resident of Gettysburg, fought side by side with Union soldiers on the first day of the battle of Gettysburg. His service is commemorated by a battlefield statue at Gettysburg National Military Park.