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Gettysburg's Battlefield Book Series!

Gettysburg National Military Park is pleased to announce the selections for the 2017 Gettysburg Battlefield Book Series. Meeting every Saturday from January 7 - March 11, this series will examine significant works of history and literature on topics related to the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War.

We invite you to read along over the course of the winter before attending the informal one hour discussions in the Ford Education Center of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Park staff will lead the meetings, providing a brief overview of that week’s topic and discuss the chapters read. The books tie in with the theme of the Winter Lecture Series: Controversies, Myths, and Misconceptions- Refighting the Civil War.

From January 7 to February 4 we will examine our first book, The Killer Angels, by Michael Sharra. Winner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, it is an account of the battle of Gettysburg from the perspective of some of the key figures who were involved in the climactic event.

  • January 7 - Part 1: June 30 with Ranger Chris Gwinn
  • January 14 - Part 2: The First Day with Ranger Daniel Vermilya
  • January 21 - Part 3: The Second Day with Ranger John Nicholas
  • January 28 - Part 4: The Third Day with Ranger Caitlin Brown
  • February 4 - A Conversation with Jeff Sharra

From February 11 to March 11 we will examine our second book, Sickles at Gettysburg, by James Hessler

  • February 11 - Chapter 1-3: (Pages 1-68) with Ranger Chris Gwinn
  • February 18 - Chapter 4-7 (Pages 69-142) with Ranger Daniel Vermilya
  • February 25 - Chapter 8-11 (Pages 143 – 212) with Ranger Matt Atkinson
  • March 4 - Chapter 12-15 (Pages 213-300) with Ranger John Hoptak
  • March 11 - Chapter 16-Epilogue (Pages 301-406)
  • A Conversation with James Hessler

We hope you will join us this winter, read along, and share your thoughts and perspectives on these two fascinating books.

Upcoming Event Dates

  • MAR 4
  • MAR 11

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