16301
Pennsylvania

Three Civil War Battlefields: Harpers Ferry, Antietam and Gettysburg

Dive deep into the story of the Civil War as you learn about John Brown’s raid in Harpers Ferry, the Emancipation Proclamation in Sharpsburg and the war’s turning point in Gettysburg.
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Program No. 16301RJ
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5 B 3 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Class
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
D
Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Afternoon: Check into the hotel any time after 4:00 pm. Registration and orientation will be at 5:15 pm. We'll gather in our designated classroom and take some time to review the schedule, safety guidelines and emergency procedures for the week. We'll also answer any questions and begin to get acquainted with each other.

Dinner: After orientation we'll enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Evening: After dinner there will be a presentation/demonstration by a local historian about the "The Civil War Soldier and Accoutrements."

DAY
2
Visitors Center, Cyclorama, Harpers Ferry & Antietam Preview
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
B,L,D
Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning we'll board the bus and head to the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitors Center and Museum. There we'll spend the morning gaining insight on the Battle of Gettysburg at this state of the art facility. View the twenty two minute film "A New Birth of Freedom" narrated by Morgan Freeman, followed by a viewing of the restored cyclorama painting (one of only three left in the U.S.) which is a depiction of the Battle of Gettysburg. This will give you a great overview and understanding of the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. Visit the museum gallery at your leisure and have a chance to see an extensive collection of artifacts and relics that were found on the battlefield of Gettysburg and other prominent battlefields of the Civil War. Browse the book store and gift shop with an outstanding collection of books on the Civil War and the battle of Gettysburg.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will have a preview of the battles at Harper's Ferry and Antietam led by a licensed battlefield guide. This will be followed by a walking tour of the streets of Gettysburg with a local historian.

Dinner: We will enjoy an early dinner in order to get to the Visitor Center in time for our personal group presentation.

Evening: We will be treated to an in-depth up close and personal look at the history of cycloramas in the U.S., and especially the Picketts Charge cyclorama here in Gettysburg.

DAY
3
Field Trip to Harpers Ferry & Antietam Battlefields
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
B,L,D
Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, we'll travel to Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, West Virginia, and enjoy a presentation and walking tour with a licensed Harpers Ferry guide.

Lunch: We will enjoy a picnic lunch at the Visitor Center (weather permitting) - or on the bus.

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll continue on to Antietam, the site where 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, captured or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. Highlights of your visit include the Dunker Church, Sunken Road and Burnsides Bridge.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Free Time.

DAY
4
Gettysburg: Day One, Battlefield Tour, Civil War Folk Music
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
B,L,D
Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning we'll begin our program with a class on the first day of fighting at Gettysburg. Following our discussion, we'll venture out to visit the first day's corresponding sites from our lecture.

Lunch: Following our field trip, we'll return to the hotel for lunch.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will visit the Seminary Ridge Museum for a self-guided tour. Three floors of exhibits connect individuals and groups to the dilemmas which led to the Civil War, provide a powerful and personal view of the battle's first day, and show the work of one of the battlefield's largest field hospitals.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: We will watch the movie "The Gettysburg Story." This film brings alive America's battle as never before. Stunning aerial drone and time lapse cinematography with 3D maps dramatically show the exact ground where the battle that changed history was fought. Aired nationwide for the 150th battle anniversary, it is narrated by Stephen Lang and produced by Gettysburg local Jacob Boritt.

DAY
5
Gettysburg: Day Two, Battlefield Tour, Shriver House
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
B,D
Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning we'll discuss the second day of fighting at Gettysburg before boarding the bus to visit the battlefield and view the sites where the second day's fighting took place. On our field trip we'll travel on Confederate Avenue along the Southern line of Pickett's Charge, Little Round Top, the 20th Maine monument and the Wheatfield.

Lunch: Participants will enjoy lunch on their own and some leisure time to explore the downtown area.

Afternoon: At 4:30, we'll gather to walk to the Shriver House Museum, which has been restored and furnished to its original 1860s decor. A visit to the museum will lend understanding to what the civilians experienced and the events that took place in the small town of Gettysburg during the battle.

Dinner: Special farewell dinner with a social beforehand.

Evening: Meet a local renowned folk musician while he plays Civil War era music. He will discuss his handmade hammer dulcimer, the banjo, accordion and harmonica as he plays his musical selections.

DAY
6
Gettysburg: Day Three, Program Concludes
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
B

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: Day Three of the Battle - lecture and field trip to the battlefield to see the locations discussed.






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