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The Battle of Gettysburg: Heroism, Sacrifice and History

Relive one of our nation’s most defining moments as you join experts to learn about The Battle of Gettysburg, experiencing the museums, monuments and culture of this historic site.
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Program No. 9114RJ
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4 days
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1,049
Pennsylvania

The Battle of Gettysburg: Heroism, Sacrifice and History

Relive one of our nation’s most defining moments as you join experts to learn about The Battle of Gettysburg, experiencing the museums, monuments and culture of this historic site.
Length
4 days
Starts at
1,049
Program No. 9114 RJ
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May 23 - May 26, 2021
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May 23 - May 26, 2021
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Jun 20 - Jun 23, 2021
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Oct 3 - Oct 6, 2021
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At a Glance

The Battle of Gettysburg — July 1-3, 1863 — determined the outcome of the Civil War. This bloodiest of battles left 28,000 Confederate and 23,000 Union casualties. Expert battlefield guides bring history alive as you trace battlefield strategies, separate legend from lore and gain an understanding of the impact on the town and its people. We’ll also pay our respects at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile daily and standing indoors and out; climbing flights of stairs; getting on/off a motorcoach.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience the new Gettysburg National Military Park & Museum and explore sites related to each day of the battle.
  • Be entertained by a folk musician who plays Civil War-era music on his handmade dulcimer, banjo, accordion and harmonica.
  • Meet Hannah Shearer, close friend to Mary Lincoln, in an exceptional living-history presentation.
Featured Expert
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Ted Gajewski
Ted Gajewski has a keen interest in the Civil War, so much so that when he retired from his job as a Pittsburgh steelworker three years ago, he relocated to Gettysburg, Pa. Ted became a Licensed Battlefield Guide in 2001 and has attended every seminar sponsored by the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Ted Gajewski has a keen interest in the Civil War, so much so that when he retired from his job as a Pittsburgh steelworker three years ago, he relocated to Gettysburg, Pa. Ted became a Licensed Battlefield Guide in 2001 and has attended every seminar sponsored by the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides.
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Dave served as a high school principal and teacher for thirty years and is now an adjunct professor in the Civil War Era Studies program at Gettysburg College. He was also the Executive Director of the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg. Dave is active in the North-South Skirmish Association, the Maryland Arms Collectors Association and St. John Lutheran Church in Fairfield, Pennsylvania.
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Tom was a founding member of the West Orrtanna String Band, as well as the Orrtanna Mountain Steamers, and played with these groups from 1972 to 1999. Through funding from The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, their five albums were archived and preserved in a set, “Traditional Music from Orrtanna.” Tom is also an instrument maker, specializing in the hammer dulcimer. He is a sought after artist-in-residence and lives with his family in the foothills of the Appalachians, near Gettysburg.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
High Tide at Gettysburg
by Glen Tucker
A wonderful history of the battle from a Confederate view point. He also makes great use of anecdotal incidents.
At Gettysburg or What a Girl Saw and Heard at the Battle- A True Narrative
by Mrs. Tillie (Pierce) Alleman
An excellent story as Tillie Pierce a young teen age girl tells about her involvement and reaction during the Battle of Gettysburg.
The Killer Angels
by Michael Shaara
A Pulitzer prize fictional novel of the battle of Gettysburg.
Women at Gettysburg
by Women at Gettysburg
Extraordinary and Fascinating Biographies of 40 women who served, nursed, or aided the soldiers after Gettysburg
Gettysburg: A Journey In Time
by William Frassanito
A study of Civil War photography and the use of photos as historical documents. Photos of the Gettysburg battlefield were taken immediately after the battle and each photo is analyzed and accompanied by a modern view.
The Gettysburg Campaign:A Study in Command
by Edwin Coddington
Highly recommended by the Gettysburg National Military Park and Battlefield Guides. Extremely authoritative account of the entire Gettysburg Campaign.
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4 days
3 nights
7 meals
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DAY
1
Arrival, Living History Presentation
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
D
Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Afternoon: Check in at the hotel after 4:00 p.m. You are welcome to come to the designated room to meet the Group Leaders, choose your seats, etc. between 5 and 5:30 PM. An orientation in the designated classroom will be begin promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Dinner: Hotel dining room

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

DAY
2
Gettysburg Visitors Center & Museum, Battle: First Day
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
B,L,D
Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll begin by taking a field trip to the Gettysburg National Park Visitors Center and Museum. While there we'll have the chance to watch the 22 minute film "A New Birth Of Freedom" and see the newly restored Cyclorama Painting. This will give you a great overview and understanding of the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. There is free time to browse the gift shop and book store which has an outstanding collection of Civil War related books. Explore the museum, an extensive collection of artifacts found on the Gettysburg battlefield as well as other significant battlefields and historic places of the Civil War.

Lunch: In the Hotel

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll discuss the first day of fighting at Gettysburg in class before venturing on a field trip to the sites of the first day's battle where we'll explore McPherson Ridge, Eternal Light Peace Memorial and Barlow's Knoll. Bus will return to hotel. A talk and walk around the town, led by a town historian, will follow the field trip.

Dinner: In the hotel

Evening: Presentation/Demonstration - "The Civil War Soldier and Accoutrements. "

DAY
3
Battle: Second Day, Soldiers' National Cemetery, Performance
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
B,D
Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll have a class on the Second Day of Battle at Gettysburg followed by field trip to the site where the second day of fighting took place. The trip will be capped off with a walking tour of Cemetery Hill, including Soldiers' National Cemetery, where we will se the 500 wreaths decorating the graves.

Lunch: Enjoy the opportunity to sample local fare on your own.

Afternoon: After an afternoon on your own to enjoy the town and its offerings or to rest up at the hotel, we will visit The Shriver House. Volumes have been written about the military aspects of the Battle of Gettysburg. Far less, however, has been written about the 2400 citizens who found themselves in the middle of one of the most historic battles ever fought on American soil. What happened here is more than a story of military maneuvers; it is also the story of the Gettysburg citizens - people like George and Hettie Shriver and their two daughters, Mollie and Sadie - whose lives were changed forever as a result of the events that occurred on the rolling hills of Gettysburg, PA, in 1863. Meticulously restored to its 1860s appearance, the house will allow you to step back in time to visualize what life was like in mid-19th century, south central Pennsylvania to gain a better understanding of how the battle affected the families who called Gettysburg "home."

Dinner: Hotel dining room

Evening: This evening we'll enjoy a performance from a folk musician playing Civil War Era music.

DAY
4
Third Day Battle at Gettysburg
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
B

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll discuss the Third Day of the Battle at Gettysburg with a morning class followed by a field trip to the site where the third day's fighting took place. The program will conclude by 11:30 AM.






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