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2019 Winter Lecture Series

February 2 - March 31

Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 pm
Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center

National Park Service rangers and leading historians from across the country offer free hour-long talks exploring important aspects of the American Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. All programs are free of charge and open to the public. Schedule is subject to change. Limited seating is available on a first come - first serve basis.

Date Program Presenter
Sun. March 24 If These Things Could Talk: Artifacts in the Collection of Gettysburg National Military Park Tom Holbrook
Sat. March 30 Scapegoat or Scandal?: JEB Stuart during the Gettysburg Campaign Matt Atkinson
Sun. March 31 Lincoln Mythed: Memorial Biographies and the Damage Done to History – A Discussion Bert Barnett

Spring Ranger Programs

April 1 - June 7, 2019

Free ranger-led hikes, walks, and talks that explore key moments and locations on the Gettysburg battlefield. Stop by the Visitor Center Information Desk or visit our Calendar for weekly schedule programs and times. Please note that all programs are weather permitting and subject to change.

Program Description Location Date(s) Time(s)
Cemetery Ridge Hike: Crisis at the Union Center (90 min) Hike from the Visitor Center to Cemetery Ridge, where fighting raged on July 3, 1863. Visit the site of Pickett’s Charge, explore the Bloody Angle, and walk in the footsteps of the men who struggled there. Ranger Site 1 at
Museum & Visitor Center
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Four Score and Seven Years Ago: Lincoln and the Soldiers’ National Cemetery (35 min) Visit the site of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and explore the Soldiers’ National Cemetery where over 3,500 soldiers killed in the battle were laid to rest. National Cemetery, Taneytown Rd. Gate tbd tbd
Hold to the Last! The Battle for Little Round Top (60 min) For over an hour on July 2, 1863, Union and Confederate troops battled for possession of this small hill. Explore the rocky summit, see original Union breastworks, and discover why Little Round Top was so important to both armies. Warren Statue, Little Round Top
Auto Tour Stop 8
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Cannoneers to Your Post! Join the Artillery (40 min) Join a National Park Service living historian and become part of a gun crew as you discover the role artillery played during the Battle of Gettysburg. Ranger Site 1 at
Museum & Visitor Center
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Care of the Wounded (60 min) Civil War medicine was more than just bone saws and amputations. Learn how the wounded were evacuated and treated, and discover the amazing story of the doctors and nurses who struggled to keep them alive. Ranger Site 2 at
Museum & Visitor Center
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Hardtack, Mud, and Marching: The Life of the Civil War Soldier (60 min) Over 160,000 soldiers participated in the Battle of Gettysburg. Who were they, where did they come from, and what was their experience during four years of war? Ranger Site 1 at
Museum & Visitor Center
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Stay and Fight it Out! The Third Day and Beyond (60 min) Visit the site of Pickett’s Charge, the climactic moment of the Battle of Gettysburg, and discover what the outcome of the battle meant for the Union and Confederacy. National Cemetery Parking Lot tbd tbd
The Forgotten Battle: The Fight for Culp’s Hill (60 min) Walk the wooded slopes of Culp’s Hill where the most sustained fighting of the battle took place. Culp’s Hill Tower, Slocum Avenue tbd tbd
Then and Now: The Photographs of Devil’s Den (60 min) We’ll use our Then and Now webpage to help tell the story of the aftermath of the battle around Devil’s Den and stand where the photographers stood when they captured their iconic pictures. Be sure to bring your smart phone or tablet for this interactive program. Devil’s Den Parking Lot tbd tbd
Living History Programs and Demonstrations Join Civil War living historians every weekend from April - October for free rifle and cannon firing demonstrations. Multiple Locations
Throughout the Park
Every Weekend April - October See full schedule on our Living History webpage

Last updated: March 20, 2019

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