October 17 and 18, 2014
Registration Deadline: October 3, 2014
Open to Members and Non-members
$90 Members/$115 Non-members
Join the Friends of Gettysburg for the 23rd annual Fall Muster. The Fall Muster includes battlefield tours, lectures, Friends of Gettysburg merchandise, a banquet lunch, and the latest news about the Gettysburg Foundation. The two-day event of tours and programs will be held at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center; located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg. Pennsylvania 17325. Musters include Friends of Gettysburg merchandise and act as semi-annual meetings for Friends members. On Friday night of the Muster weekend, a special program is held, we welcome Chief of Museum Services Greg Goodell presenting “A Museum for All.” Then, on Saturday, battlefield tours are held- one three-hour tour in the morning and one three-hour tour in the afternoon with lunch included in-between tours. We hope you enjoy these special tours with our fantastic Licensed Battlefield Guides!
Schedule of Events:
Friday, October 17, 2014
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: Registration packet pick-up in the Group lobby of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Merchandise room open
7:00 p.m.: Friday Evening Program: “A Museum for All-Creating Civil War Galleries for Multiple Audiences” presented by Greg Goodell, Chief of Museum Services at Gettysburg National Military Park
Saturday, October 18, 2014
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.: Registration packet pick-up in the Group lobby of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.: Morning Tours
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Merchandise room open
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Afternoon Tours
Friday Evening Program: “A Museum for All-Creating Civil War Galleries for Multiple
Audiences” presented by Greg Goodell, Chief of Museum Services at Gettysburg National Military Park
Join Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Chief of Museum Services, Greg Goodell, for a special presentation on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in the Ford Education Center at the Gettysburg national Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Mr.Goodell will present how he strives to create Civil War Galleries for multiple audiences. Light refreshments will be available. There is no cost for the program but registration is required.
Saturday Tour #1 AM Indoors: Confederate Medicine with Licensed Battlefield Guide John Krohn
For this morning tour indoors, Licensed Battlefield guide John Krohn will give an overview of the Confederate States of America medical establishment; unique challenges; and the Confederate States of America wounded at Gettysburg.
Saturday Tour #2 PM Indoors: Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign with Licensed Battlefield Guide Dave Hamacher
Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Dave Hamacher for an overview of the cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign plus a look at all of the main cavalry action on those three days in July of 1863.
Saturday Tour #3 AM or PM: Candy’s Brigade at Gettysburg: “Our Boys Fought Like Madmen” with Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey
By July 1863, Colonel Charles Candy’s brigade of Ohio and Pennsylvania regiments was one of the most combat-tested in the Army of the Potomac. Candy’s men had already built a reputation for reliability in battle in the Shenandoah Valley, at Cedar Mountain, Antietam, and Chancellorsville; they would earn further laurels on the Third of July at Gettysburg. Join LBG Stuart Dempsey for an examination of the history of this superb unit and its role in the defense of the bloody slopes of Culp’s Hill. Tour involves significant uphill walking.
Saturday Tour #4 AM or PM: Barksdale’s Charge: “The Grandest Charge Made by Mortal Man” with Licensed Battlefield Guide Larry Korczyk
Follow Licensed Battlefield Guide Larry Korczyk for a presentation that will cover the battle action of Confederate General William Barksdale Brigade’s charge on 2 July 1863. The focus will be on the four Mississippi regiments within Barksdale’s Brigade and their attack on 2 July against the Union Third Corps of Union General Daniel E. Sickles. The presentation will involve moderate walking over relatively level terrain beginning at the Mississippi State Memorial and ending at the Plum Run swale. During the course of the walk, we will stop at the historic Sherfy Farm, Peach Orchard, and Trostle Farm covering approximately 1 mile of open ground. Good walking shoes are highly recommended.
Saturday Tour #5 AM or PM: “We know not what the morrow will bring ...” with Licensed Battlefield Guide Joanne Lewis
This three hour walking tour, led by Licensed Battlefield Guide Joanne Lewis, will explore the plight of Gettysburg’s civilians before, during, and after the battle. The tour will view battle damage, hear eye witness accounts, and discuss the impact the battle had on the town of Gettysburg especially the immigrant, black, and female population. Easy-medium walking.
Saturday Tour #6 AM or PM: A Blue and Gray Sea of Misery with Licensed Battlefield Guide Phil Lechak
As our late and dear friend, Greg Coco, reminded us- the Gettysburg landscape in the aftermath of the fighting was "A Vast Sea of Misery." The color of your uniform did not make a difference! This tour of two hospital sites, led by Licensed Battlefield Guide Phil Lechak, will include the 11th Corps Hospital at the George Spangler Farm and the George Wolf Farm, also more popularly known as Camp Letterman. We will travel some of the actual route of the ambulances as they brought wounded to the hospitals. Using current maps, period photographs, and first person accounts we will bring life to this often overlooked and under- appreciated part of the Battle Aftermath. Walking will be moderately difficult and involves paved and graveled roads, driveways, and potentially tall grassy fields.
Saturday Tour #7 AM or PM: Whose Hallowed Ground? – The Farms that Became a Battlefield with Licensed Battlefield Guide Tom Vossler
This program will be a walking tour of the land (the farms) which comprised the battle area on the south end of the battlefield on the second day of the battle. Picture Sickles versus Longstreet. The movements of the opposing forces will be considered but the focus of this program will be on the people who owned the land over which the battle was fought. We will consider what the land was before the battle, what it became during the battle and what were the tribulations of the land owners after the battle to recover from the biggest battle conducted on the North American Continent on their farm. This will be a brisk walking tour. In civil war tactical terms it is Quick Time (110 steps per minute) between farms. Participants in wheel chairs, and with walking canes will not be able to cross the fields and scale the fences involved in this tour. Sturdy, all-weather, walking shoes are recommended.
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