Location: Gettysburg NMP Museum and Visitor Center | Map Time: 1:30 PM to 2:30 AM Fee Information: Free of charge Contact Name: Gettysburg National Military Park Contact Phone Number: (717) 334-1124, ext. 8023
The Civil War in 1864
Gettysburg National Military Park Mid-Winter Lecture Series 2014
Today's Program: "Day after day we stupidly and drearily await the order that summons us to the fearful work." - The Army of the Potomac from Brandy Station to Petersburg, with D. Scott Hartwig.
The winter and spring of 1864 brought a major re-organization and new faces to the Army of the Potomac.The advent of Ulysses S. Grant signaled that the war this army had known from 1861-1863 was about to change.As one soldier quipped, Grant "wants soldiers not yappers." On May 4, the army pushed into the tangles of the Virginia Wilderness to commence its spring offensive. All knew hard fighting lay ahead but few could have imagined how deadly it would prove, for the spring and summer of 1864 in Virginia would herald a new type of relentless combat that took a psychological as well as a physical toll on the army, and tested it as nothing before in the war had.
This series of free, one-hour programs begins at 1:30 p.m. in one of the theaters at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Additional lectures will take place on weekends in the Ford Education Center through March 9 and are free of charge. Full schedule available by calling 717-334-1124 x 8023 or by visiting www.nps.gov/gettMore »