The Battle of Gettysburg
Free Ranger programs that focus on the three days of this iconic Civil War battle, perfect for our first time visitors.
Saturday, June 08, 2013 to Saturday, June 29, 2013
Stay tuned to our park website www.nps.gov/gett, and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GettysburgNMP, for updates or changes to the summer schedule, and during your visit be certain to pick up a copy of the park summer newspaper that lists all of your choices for programs, tours and other events of interest. Best of all, these ranger guided programs are free of charge!
THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG - AN OVERVIEW (30 minutes) Want to understand the basics of the battle before you get out on the field? This is the program for you. Meet in the Ford Education Center inside the Museum and Visitor Center, daily at 9:30 A.M., 11:00 A.M., and 4:00 P.M.
THE FIRST DAY (1 hour) Why did the battle start at Gettysburg? How did the fighting on July 1 shape the rest of the battle? Find out on this program that meets at the Eternal Light Peace Memorial, Auto Tour Stop 2, daily at 10:00 A.M.
THE SECOND DAY (1 hour) July 2 saw the heaviest fighting of the entire battle. Understand the key decisions that shaped the day and the action that resulted. Park at Auto Tour Stop #10 and meet at the Peach Orchard, daily at 2:00 P.M.
THE THIRD DAY: "Pickett's Charge" (1 hour) Learn what happened during "Pickett's Charge" on July 3, 1863 and discover what its outcome meant for the Union and Confederacy. Meet at the "Ranger Program" sign in the National Cemetery parking lot between Taneytown Road and Steinwehr Avenue, daily at 10:30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.
ON McPHERSON'S RIDGE (1 hour) Edward McPherson's land was transformed on July 1, 1863, from a self-sufficient farm to a bloody battleground. Who was Edward McPherson and who farmed his land? What does their experience tell us about other farm families that lived on the Gettysburg battlefield? How did the fighting here shape and influence the strategy of the battle in the coming days? Join a ranger on this hour-long walk over the farm to explore these questions and more. Program begins at the West End Information Station on Rt. 30 West. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 1:30 P.M.
EAST CAVALRY FIELD (1 hour) Visit the scene of one of the largest cavalry battles of the war, where Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart was stopped by a Union cavalry force that included a new general named George Armstrong Custer. Meet at the parking area on Confederate Cavalry Avenue. (Take Route 116 east to reach this site.) Wednesday and Saturday at 1:30 P.M.
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