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JAN 29

Civil War Lecture Series at the Farnsworth House with Tim Smith

Join us here at the Farnsworth House for a night of food, drinks, and knowledge. Lecture starts in Sweney’s Tavern at 6pm.

Topic Schedule

  • January 8: East Cemetery Hill - It was Cemetery Hill where Northern forces rallied on the evening of July 1. On the evening of July 2, it was the scene of heavy fighting, which devolved into a hand to hand melee. Following the war, it was one of the first areas of the field to be protected by early preservationists. And in the years that followed it became the site of veteran’s reunions and encampments. But at the same time, Gettysburg expanded and as the edge of the town became commercialized, much of the area where the conflict raged has been lost to development. Join Licensed Battlefield Guide and Historian, Timothy H. Smith, as we discuss the importance of Cemetery Hill, the battle that raged around it, and efforts to commemorate, memorialize and preserve this sacred site.

  • January 22: John Cleveland Robinson's Division at Gettysburg - As a compliment to last year’s very popular lecture on the destruction of Iverson's Brigade, this program will focus on the Union Defenders along Oak Ridge on the afternoon of July 1, 1863. As one of the more confusing and misunderstood actions at Gettysburg, the fight has been glossed over in many histories of the battle. Join Licensed Battlefield Guide and Historian Timothy H. Smith as we discuss the movements of the division in detail and examine how the changes in topography along the ridge have affected are interpretation of the events that occurred there.

  • January 29: The Tyson Brothers of Gettysburg - At the time of the Civil War, Isaac and Charles Tyson operated a photography studio in the town of Gettysburg. Immediately following the battle, they recorded a large amount of views around Gettysburg. And in 1867 they recorded a series of 80 Stereo views of the battlefield, the first complete coverage of the field. These early views give us some insight as to how the field appeared at the time that the first maps were being produced. Join Licensed Battlefield Guide and historian Timothy H. Smith as we discuss the story of the Tyson Brothers and the legacy they left behind.

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