154th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg – Schedule of Events

Gettysburg National Military Park just posted their schedule for this year’s anniversary programs. It’s another great lineup of activities, and I’m looking forward to it, even as I’m a bit sad there will be no Sacred Trust lectures this year. I urge everyone to come to Gettysburg, even though it will be crazy crowded, because these programs are well worth it.

The Blog of Gettysburg National Military Park

ela_sunrisesort-21The three day Battle of Gettysburg marked a turning point not only in the course of the American Civil War, but also for the future of the United States of America. Join Park Rangers and Licensed Battlefield Guides during the 154th Anniversary for a series of free guided walks and talks that discuss, explore, and reflect on this important chapter in our nation’s history.

Note: On all park avenues please park your vehicle on the right side of the road, unless otherwise directed, with all wheels on the pavement. Schedule is subject to change.

Daily Ranger-Guided Programs
Saturday, July 1 – Monday, July 3

Battlefield in a Box: An Overview (30 minutes) – Become part of the battlefield in this interactive overview program! Join a National Park Ranger and build a map of the battlefield using props. This program is perfect for the first time visitor wanting a better…

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2 comments

  1. Looks like quite the schedule of events.

    I wonder about the history of ‘Gettysburg as a turning point’. When was it first seen as such and how did it progress to its current status of the Battle of all battles?

    I’m not sure that it was seen that way in say, September 1863 – the eastern armies were back in their typical positions after another bloody campaign season with a similar outlook as the year before after Antietam.

    Gettysburg and Antietam are ‘celebrated’, if that’s the proper term, for what happened afterwards: the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address. Other than that they were observed as battles the Army of the Potomac could not, and did not, lose.

    In your lengthy and excellent blog do you recall any discussions or videos of the history of the history of Gettysburg.

    1. Hank, I think you’ll find the word used is “commemorate” instead of “celebrate.” 🙂

      Gettysburg was touted as a turning point in order to boost tourism to the battlefield.

      By history of the history of Gettysburg, do you mean the town, the battle, or the battlefield?

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