The Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

 
A black and white photo of storm clouds over the battlefield. Two monuments stand in the foreground.
Cemetery Ridge is visible as a storm approaches the battlefield.

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Daily Ranger Guided Programs & Events (July 1 - 3)

David Wills House Museum (Open 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thurs - Sunday)
Explore the home of David and Catherine Wills and visit the place where Abraham Lincoln completed the Gettysburg Address. This National Park Service Museum is open free of charge.

Killed in Action: Stories from the Soldiers’ National Cemetery (45 minutes)
More than 3,100 United States soldiers, wearing Union blue, gave their lives during the three-day struggle at Gettysburg. Their deaths, as Abraham Lincoln eulogized in his immortal Gettysburg Address, helped to ensure a “new birth of freedom". Join National Park Service interpreters for these special walks and discover the stories of those who offered up their lives upon these fields 159 years ago. Learn about who they were, why they served, and who they left behind. Daily at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. Meet at Taneytown Road entrance to the Gettysburg National Cemetery.

Gettysburg History Hike (90 minutes)
Hike from the Visitor Center to Cemetery Ridge where fighting raged on July 2 & 3, 1863. Get an overview of the battle, visit the site of Pickett’s Charge, explore the Bloody Angle, and walk in the footsteps of the men who struggled there. Daily at 10 a.m. Meet at Ranger Site 1 behind the Museum and Visitor Center.

The Care of the Wounded (50 minutes)
Over 27,000 soldiers were wounded in the Battle of Gettysburg. Explore how these men were evacuated, treated, and ultimately, how most of their lives were saved. Daily at 3 p.m. Meet at Ranger Site 2 behind the Museum and Visitor Center.

National Cemetery Tour (60 Minutes)
Explore the meaning and cost of the Battle of Gettysburg, and of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Find out how the National Cemetery was established, who is buried there, and why Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address still has meaning for us today. Daily at 5:30 p.m. Meet the Licensed Battlefield Guide at the Taneytown Road entrance to the Gettysburg National Cemetery.

100 Nights of Taps (30 minutes)
The notes of taps will fill the air in Gettysburg every evening this summer as the famous 24-note call is sounded in honor of those who served our nation. The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and Gettysburg National Military Park co-sponsor this event. Daily at 7 p.m. Meet at the Soldiers’ National Monument, Gettysburg National Cemetery.

Sacred Trust Talks and Book Signings

Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation are pleased to co-sponsor the returning Sacred Trust Talks & Book Signings event at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center on July 1, 2 and 3, 2022. Talks will be presented from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. with evening talks from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sacred Trust 2022 features five talks each day in an event tent on the front lawn and one talk each evening in the theater inside the Museum & Visitor Center. All the talks are free, and the evening talks are ticketed for theater seating. Authors will be signing books in the main lobby inside the Museum & Visitor Center with books available for purchase during the event.

Please visit the Gettysburg Foundation website for full schedule and how to obtain FREE tickets to the evening lectures.


Friday, July 1, 2022


Battlefield Hikes

These special 2 hour programs involve significant walking, occasionally over rough terrain. Water, headgear, sun protection, insect repellent and sturdy walking shoes are highly recommended. All four tires must remain on pavement when parking alongside avenues.

11 a.m. – First Shots on McPherson Ridge – Ranger John Nicholas
Meet at McPherson Ridge, Auto Tour Stop 1. Park on Reynolds Avenue. Program ends at McPherson Ridge, Auto Tour Stop 1.

5 p.m. [Updated due to weather conditions] – The End of the First Day – Ranger John Hoptak
Meet at the Eternal Light Peace Memorial, Auto Tour Stop 2. Park on Buford Avenue. Program ends at Eternal Light Peace Memorial, Auto Tour Stop 2.

Family Programs

While all programs are family-friendly, these have been specifically developed for families with children ages 4 to 13 in mind. Programs last 45 minutes and involve modest walking over paved / mowed surfaces.

10 a.m. – Follow that Regiment: The 153rd Pennsylvania
On July 1, 1863, the soldiers of the 153rd Pennsylvania found themselves in a tough position on Barlow’s Knoll, north of Gettysburg, outnumbered and under attack from two sides. By the time the battle was over, the 153rd lost more than 200 of its 565 men. March in the footsteps of this regiment, learn the stories of some of its soldiers, examine their monument, and meet a living historian portraying one of its soldiers.
Program lasts approximately 45 minutes; meet at Barlow Knoll. Park on East Howard Avenue.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Hands-On History Experience: The Cavalry, and Battlefield Communication
What was the cavalry and what kind of uniforms did they wear? How did Civil War armies communicate before there were cell phones, instant messaging, and telephones? Stop by the Group Lobby of the Gettysburg NMP Visitor Center anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. for an interactive hands-on experience focusing on Civil War cavalry and signal flag technology.
Group Lobby, Gettysburg NMP Museum and Visitor Center.


Saturday, July 2, 2022

Battlefield Hikes

These special 2 hour programs involve significant walking, occasionally over rough terrain. Water, headgear, sun protection, insect repellent and sturdy walking shoes are highly recommended. All four tires must remain on pavement when parking alongside avenues.

11 a.m. – The Peach Orchard – Ranger Matt Atkinson
Meet at Auto Tour Stop 10, the Peach Orchard. Park on North Sickles and United States Avenue. Do not park on Wheatfield Road. Program ends at the Trostle Farm, United States Avenue, Auto Tour Stop 11.

5 p.m. – Sacrifice of the 1st Minnesota – Ranger Christopher Gwinn
Meet at the Pennsylvania Memorial, Auto Tour Stop 12. Park on Sedgwick and Hancock Avenue. Program ends at the Pennsylvania Memorial, Auto Tour Stop 12.

Family Programs

While all programs are family-friendly, these have been specifically developed for families with children ages 4 to 13 in mind. Programs last 45 minutes and involve modest walking over paved / mowed surfaces.

10 a.m. – Follow that Regiment: The First Minnesota Infantry
The attack of the 1st Minnesota on July 2, 1863, ranks among the most famous small unit battle actions of the Battle of Gettysburg. Join a Park Educator for an interactive and experiential program following in the footsteps of this famous regiment and discover the stories of several men who served in its ranks and who now lie buried in the Gettysburg National Cemetery.
Program lasts approximately 45 minutes; meet at Pennsylvania Monument, Auto Tour Stop #12.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Hands-On History Experience: The Infantry, and Soldier Pastimes
What was the infantry and what kind of uniforms did they wear? How did Civil War soldiers pass the time in between campaigns and battles? Stop by the Group Lobby of the Gettysburg NMP Visitor Center anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. for an interactive hands’ on experience focusing on the uniforms and equipment of Civil War infantrymen and discover some of the games they played in camp.
Group Lobby, Gettysburg NMP Museum and Visitor Center.

Living History

From the roar of artillery to the flash of bayonets, living history demonstrations at Gettysburg National Military Park help bring the past to life. During the 159th Anniversary, Civil War living historians will encamp on the Gettysburg battlefield. Explore their camps, interact with these knowledgeable historians, and witness as they demonstrate the tools, tactics, and firepower of the two armies that waged war across these now hallowed fields.


1st PA Artillery Battery D
The Pennsylvania Memorial - Auto Tour Stop 12.
Firing Demonstrations at 11 a.m., 1 p.m.

Confederate Military Forces
Spangler Spring - Auto Tour Stop 13
Firing Demonstrations at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m.

The Liberty Rifles – 1st Minnesota
Meade’s Headquarters
Programs:
10 a.m. - "Salt Pork, Crackers, and Coffee: Army Commissary and Subsistence" Program
12 p.m. - Supper Call, "Field Music During the Civil War"
1 p.m. - Battalion Drill
3 p.m. - "Life on Campaign in the Army"

Meade’s Headquarters - The Lydia Leister Home.
Open to the Public from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Home of the widow Lydia Leister and her children, the two-room structure became the Headquarters of the Union Army of the Potomac. General George G. Meade held his famous “Council of War” here on the evening of July 2, 1863. National Park Staff and Living Historians will be on hand to share the civilian experience during the Gettysburg Campaign. Park in the National Cemetery parking lot or on Hancock Avenue.


Sunday, July 3, 2022

Battlefield Hikes

These special 2 hour programs involve significant walking, occasionally over rough terrain. Water, headgear, sun protection, insect repellent and sturdy walking shoes are highly recommended. All four tires must remain on pavement when parking alongside avenues.

11 a.m. – Cemetery Hill: “The Spot Above All Others” Ranger Troy Harman
Meet at the Soldiers’ National Monument, Gettysburg National Cemetery. Park at the National Cemetery Parking Lot and along Hancock Avenue. Program concludes at Stevens Knoll, Auto Tour Stop 14

3 p.m. – Pickett’s Charge, Ranger Angie Atkinson
Meet at the Virginia Memorial, Auto Tour Stop 5. Park along West Confederate Avenue. Program ends at Auto Tour Stop 15, the High Water Mark.

3 p.m. – The Defense of Cemetery Ridge, Ranger Karlton Smith
Meet at the Abraham Brian House. Park in the National Cemetery Parking Lot, along Hancock Avenue, and in the Hunt Avenue Overflow Lot. Program ends at Auto Tour Stop 15, the High Water Mark.

Family Programs

While all programs are family-friendly, these have been specifically developed for families with children ages 4 to 13 in mind.

10 a.m. – Follow that Regiment: Alonzo Cushing and Battery A, 4th US Artillery
In 2014, 151 years after his death at Gettysburg, Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing posthumously received a Medal of Honor for his actions on July 3, 1863. Discover more about his life and service, learn the steps in loading and firing a Civil War cannon, and walk with a Ranger to the famed Angle, where Cushing’s Battery helped repulse Pickett’s Charge.
Program lasts approximately 45 minutes; Meet at the “Ranger Program Begins Here” Sign, National Cemetery Parking Lot.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Hands-On History Experience: The Artillery, and Gettysburg Civilians
What was the artillery and what were the steps in loading a Civil War cannon? How were the people of Gettysburg impacted by the campaign and battle? Stop by the Group Lobby of the Gettysburg NMP Visitor Center anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. for an interactive hands’ on experience focusing on Civil War artillery and on the stories of Gettysburg’s civilians caught between the fire.
Group Lobby, Gettysburg NMP Museum and Visitor Center

Living History

From the roar of artillery to the flash of bayonets, living history demonstrations at Gettysburg National Military Park help bring the past to life. During the 159th Anniversary, Civil War living historians will encamp on the Gettysburg battlefield. Explore their camps, interact with these knowledgeable historians, and witness as they demonstrate the tools, tactics, and firepower of the two armies that waged war across these now hallowed fields.

1st PA Artillery Battery D
The Pennsylvania Memorial - Auto Tour Stop 12
Firing Demonstrations at 11 a.m., 1 p.m.

Confederate Military Forces
Spangler Spring - Auto Tour Stop 13
Firing Demonstrations at 10 a.m., 12 p.m.

Last updated: July 1, 2022

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