Ranger Programs at Gettysburg

Ranger Program

A battlefield program at Gettysburg.

(National Park Service)


Gettysburg offers a variety of ranger guided programs and battlefield walks for park visitors throughout the year. A full schedule of programs is offered during the summer months from mid-June through mid August with select programs that highlight different aspects of the battlefield and cemetery provided in the spring and fall. We also offer our Mid-Winter Lecture Series of indoor programs, held at the Museum and Visitor Center from January through March. Check our park web site prior to your visit for updated schedules and announcements!

152nd Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg


152nd Anniversary Ranger Guided Programs, July 1-3, 2015

Special ranger-guided programs cover key moments of the three day battle and aftermath. These special ranger-guided programs focus on personalities and units that played a major role in the Battle of Gettysburg and campaign and take visitors to locations on the battlefield park that are not usually featured throughout the remainder of the season. 152nd Anniversary Ranger Guided Programs, July 1-3, 2015

July 1-3 Anniversary Guide (pdf)



From mid-June through mid-August, Gettysburg National Military Park offers a variety of ranger guided programs for our visitors with subjects ranging from battle history to medical practices of the Civil War, "Visit to the Past" living history presentations, and battlefield hikes. Programs are offered at the Museum and Visitor Center, on the battlefield, and in the Soldiers' National Cemetery, with lengths between twenty minutes and two hours depending on the subject matter and location. We also offer special programs and activities for our younger visitors. The complete summer schedule is available on the Summer Ranger Programs page or download a pdf of the program schedule:

(June 6 to August 16, 2015.)



Daily Programs at 3:30 p.m.

Programs are two hours in length (unless otherwise noted)

Date Program - Ranger Start Location End Location
June 28 Meade Breaks Longstreet: July, 2 1863 - Bill Hewitt Father Corby Mon. on Hancock Ave. PA Monument
June 29 "With bayonet, clubbed musket, sword, pistol, and rocks" –The Attack and Defense of East Cemetery Hill - Dan Welch Baltimore Street Entrance to National Cemetery Howard Equestrian on East Cemetery Hill
June 30 Solving the Mystery of Capt. Johnson's Reconnaissance - Troy Harman Longstreet Tower Soldiers and Sailors Monument
July 1 See Battle Anniversary Schedule
July 2 See Battle Anniversary Schedule
July 3 See Battle Anniversary Schedule
July 4 See Battle Anniversary Schedule
July 5 Whirlwind in the Wheatfield - John Hoptak Sykes and Wheatfield Rd. 11 PA Monument, Ayers Ave.
July 6
Clash at East Cavalry Field - Tom Holbrook Confederate Cavalry Ave. Michigan Cavalry Monument
July 7 Junius Daniel's Brigade on July 1st - Dan Vermilya Eternal Light Peace, Auto Stop # 2 Railroad Cut N. Reynolds Ave
July 8 Ambrose Wright's Brigade - Matt Atkinson Virginia Memorial High Water Mark Auto Tour Stop # 15
July 9 Meade Assumes Command: "much oppressed with a sense of responsibility" - Chuck Teague Ranger Site #3 at Visitor Center Meade Equestrian Statue
July 10 Sickles' July 2 Reconnaissance - Caitlin Kostic Peach Orchard, Auto Tour Stop #4 Berdan Ave.
July 11 Gordon Strikes Barlow's Knoll - July 1, 1863 - Troy Harman Jones' Battalion Ave. Barlow Knoll


Nightly at 8:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

At the Park Amphitheater, near Auto Tour Stop # 6

Date Program Ranger
June 28 "In Great Deeds, Something Abides..." Joshua Chamberlain in History and Memory Nate Hess
June 29 Going Home: The Grand Review and the Demobilization of the Armies John Hoptak
June 30 The Pipe Creek Line: Meade's Intended Position for Battle Chuck Teague
July 1 Letter's From the Battlefield: July 1 Karlton Smith
July 2 Letter's From the Battlefield: July 2 Bert Barnett
July 3 Letter's From the Battlefield: July 3 Chuck Teague
July 4 Letter's From the Battlefield: The Aftermath Caitlin Kostic
July 5 "Martyrs of the Race Course" - The Forgotten Decoration Day Dan Welch
July 6 War's Relentless Hand: The Civilian Contribution Evangelina Rubalcava
July 7 The Incredible Dan Sickles Matt Atkinson
July 8 Women of the Battlefield Chuck Teague
July 9 1864 - War for the Railroads Bill Hewitt
July 10 A New Birth of Freedom: A Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation Dan Vermilya
July 11 "Many are called but few are chosen" –Berdan's Sharpshooters Caitlin Kostic


Ranger-guided walks and programs are offered on a limited schedule annually in April through early June, and from late August through mid-October. Focusing on key moments of the battle, the aftermath and the Civil War experience, the programs are held at famous sites like Little Round Top, Devil's Den, Culp's Hill, and the Soldiers' National Cemetery. During this season, programs and program times can change on a daily basis so please inquire at the Museum and Visitor Center Information Desk for a printed schedule, or call (717) 334-1124 x 8023.



Winter's cold does not deter Gettysburg rangers from continuing to study and develop programs regarding Gettysburg, the Civil War and this events impact on our history. From January through mid-March, the park offers a series of lectures that touch on many different aspects of the Civil War and with the observance of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War at hand, the programs will expand beyond the boundaries of the Gettysburg Campaign. The causes of the conflict, presidents and generals, the great battles and profound decisions, the aftermath and reconstruction with their ties to Gettysburg will be the focus of the series through 2015. Programs are held on weekends in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. A full schedule of programs will be posted on our Schedule of Park Events page in December 2015.

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