October 29: Encounters with History - Connecticut at Gettysburg with Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey
This is a full-day indoor and outdoor program. A lecture will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Ford Education Center in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, followed by an hour lunch and an outdoor moderate walking program on uneven ground from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. No state of its size contributed more to the Union war effort than Connecticut. Its manufacturing muscle and maritime industry played key roles in the North’s victory, as did the valor of its soldiers and sailors: regiments from the Nutmeg State fought on dozens of the war’s battlefields, from Louisiana to Pennsylvania. The indoor portion of this program will examine various aspects of Connecticut’s wartime effort, concluding with histories of the State’s forces that fought at Gettysburg. After lunch, we will follow the actions of some of these units on the field and evaluate their role in the battle.
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November 19: Remembrance Day
The 14th Annual Remembrance Illumination, held at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
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December 3: Encounters with History - "In the Wake of the Storm": Stories of the aftermath of the battle with Licensed Battlefield Guide Britt Isenberg
This is a half-day indoor program. A lecture will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Ford Education Center in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Since the guns went silent more than 150 years ago, thousands upon thousands of people have spent hours examining the tactical and strategic history of the Battle of Gettysburg. Just as important, but often overlooked until recent years, is the story of what was transpiring a couple hundred yards to the rear of the respective battle lines. Together we will investigate some of the macabre aspects of the aftermath as we step over fallen soldiers, picking our way across the battlefield landscape in an attempt to make our way to the rear in search of help. Hopefully we can find a field hospital, or some sort of salvation from the awful mess that we call Gettysburg, in the wake of the storm.
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