Gettysburg Winter Lecture Series Begins January 5
Contact: Katie Lawhon, (717) 334-1124
Gettysburg Park Rangers will continue their popular, free winter lecture series throughout January, February and March of 2013, with a special look at the Civil War in 1863. Programs will explore topics such as the Army of the Potomac's resiliency; the Vicksburg Campaign; the fighting at Chickamauga and at Chancellorsville. Lectures examine the command and legacies of Fighting Joe Hooker, Admiral David Dixon Porter, Robert Gould Shaw and the men of the 54thMassachusetts Volunteer Infantry unit. A special lecture on January 19 will offer an opportunity to examine original artifacts from the park's collection. Additional topics include larger issues such as the strategic dilemma of the Confederacy in 1863; the cultural meaning of Gettysburg; the mythology of Pickett's Charge; and the unique perspective of Union army surgeons at Gettysburg.
The lectures are sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park and take place on Saturdays and Sundays beginning January 5 through March 10, except January 13. They are held at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center in one of the film theaters through February 24 and in the Ford Motor Company Fund Education Center on March 2, 3, 9 and 10. Programs begin at 1:30 p.m. and last approximately one hour.
For more information and a schedule of programs go to Gettysburg National Military Park's website atwww.nps.gov/gettor call 717/ 334-1124 x 8023.
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.