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History-Rich Lecture Series Focuses on Gettysburg National Military Park


A rich lecture series that delves into the history of the bloody Civil War battle at Gettysburg runs through January and February at the park. NPS photo of the Wheatfield where the fighting on July 2, 1863, played out.

Civil War buffs will have lots of history to bone up on in the coming weeks as rangers from Gettysburg National Military Park discuss everything from weapons of battle to Lee's retreat during the park's winter lecture series.

The lecture series, which will be presented free of charge at the park's museum and visitor center, is scheduled to open on January 10, when "Colonel Sharpe and the Bureau of Military Information" is the topic up for discussion. The programs begin at 1:30 p.m. and run for about an hour. Here's the lineup:

Sunday, Jan. 10

Colonel Sharpe and The Bureau of Military Information

Saturday, Jan. 16

Think Bigger – Gettysburg in Space and Time

Saturday, Jan. 23

Civil War Maladies – The Cases of Robert E. Lee, A.P. Hill and Richard Ewell

Sunday, Jan. 24

E. P. Alexander and Resolving Conflicting Accounts of the Battle of Gettysburg

Saturday, Jan. 30

The Weapons of Gettysburg

Saturday, Feb. 6

The Veterans and the Battlefield: How Veterans Shaped the Gettysburg Battlefield Park

Sunday, Feb. 7

“To Judge and Act for Myself” – The Experiences of Colonel Charles Wainwright, Soldier & Democrat

Saturday, Feb. 13

“Unwilling Witness to the Rage of Gettysburg” – The Experience of Battle on July 2

Sunday, Feb. 14

The Federal Fight When it Wasn’t – The 24 Hours Between July 1 Collapse and July 2 Battle

Saturday, Feb. 20

Lee’s Retreat and Meade’s Pursuit

Sunday, Feb. 21

Gettysburg, The Turning Point… But Not as You Think

Saturday, Feb. 27

“More May Have Been Required of Them Than They Were Able to Perform” – Pickett’s Charge

Sunday, Feb. 28

Pettigrew and Trimble: New Insights Into the Other Half of Pickett’s Charge

For more information, visit Gettysburg National Military Park’s website at or call (717) 334-1124, ext. 8023.

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