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OCT 7

Licensed Battlefield Guide Topic Tours

Join Licensed Battlefield Guides as they take over our horse-drawn carriage for 2 hours to give their own specialty tour on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Each Guide has their love of the Battlefield and and an area of specialty when it comes to Gettysburg... We want them to share it with YOU.  All Carriage Tours depart from the Gettysburg Heritage Center at 297 Steinwher Avenue.

Tour Schedule

  • September 2: A SPECIAL EVENT! Master Wet-Plate Photographer R J Gibson joins us on a 2 hour Carriage/ Battlefield Photo Journey.  Rob will bring you back to Gettysburg as it was in 1863, as War-Time photography was in its infancy.  Special emphasis on Gardner's photo study "Dead on the Rose Farm" will be made, with a field trip off the carriage to the sites of these historic photographs.  Technical information and information as to the history of photography.  Group Tintype taken on site using his 1938 Package Truck Side Car- Traveling Darkroom; Prints of the plate included in the price and mailed.  
  • September 3: "The 26th North Carolina at Gettysburg" presented by Licenced Battlefield Guide Eric Lindblade
    • On July 1, 1863, the 26th North Carolina entered the Battle of Gettysburg with over 900 men in the ranks, over the course of three days they suffered 762 casualties: the most of any regiment in a single battle in the Civil War. Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Eric Lindblade as he recounts the history of one of the most famous regiments in all of the Army of Northern Virginia and their role in the Battle of Gettysburg. Included with the carriage ride will be a walking tour of the area where the 26th North Carolina fought on July 3, 1863, and “covered themselves in glory.”
  • September 10: "Art and Sculpture of the Battlefield: The emotion and actions behind the monuments" presented by Licenced Battlefield Guide Joe Mieczkowski, ALBG Past President
    • This is a special 2 hour carriage tour unlike any other.  Using several dozen pieces of historic artwork and photographs to enhance the story.
      The program includes drawings and illustrations done by soldiers who were on the field and tells the story through their eyes.
      The tour will include music as heard by soldiers and will visit important battlefield sights with "now and then" views."
      At once the tour is fascinating and emotional.
  • September 24: "Crucial Ground: The Peach Orchard"  presented by Licenced Battlefield Guide Ralph Siegel
    • Join LBG Ralph Siegel for a 2 Tour by Carriage on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Route circles the Peach Orchard via Warsaw Ridge, also giving guests great views of the Eisenhower Farm.
      On this tour our exclusive focus will be on the fighting on July 2nd, the bloodiest day of the battle. The Peach Orchard, sometimes overlooked, was the center of the stage on which would occur some of the heaviest infantry and artillery fighting of the American Civil War. Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Ralph Siegel as we cover this critical terrain at a comfortable pace to allow for all the detail and emotion of this intense battle, from the opening cannon shots to the suicide charge of the 1st Minnesota Infantry that ends the day.
  • October 7: "The Pickett – Pettigrew – Trimble Assault" presented by  Licenced Battlefield Guide Eric Lindblade
    • On the afternoon of July 3, 1863 almost 13,000 Confederate soldiers launched an attack that has become one of the most famous in all of American military history. Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Eric Lindblade on a 2 hour Battlefield Carriage Tour as he discusses the numerous facets of this legendary attack and attempts to separate what happened from the many controversies and myths that have emerged in the over 150 years since.  
  • October 29: "Culps Hill; the often unmentioned, crucial and continuous 2 day struggle" presented by Licenced Battlefield Guide Eric Linblade
    • Join LBG Eric Lindblade for a 2  hour Tour by Carriage on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Culp’s Hill and East Cemetery Hill are two of the most unique, and often overlooked, portions of the Gettysburg battlefield. These areas witnessed heavy fighting at night, a rare occurrence in the Civil War, with the longest sustained fighting of the battle raging in and around Culp’s Hill on July 2 and 3. Join us for the first guided horse carriage tour of this fascinating portion of the battlefield and learn the history and stories behind those who fought at both locations. For early visitors to Gettysburg both Culp’s Hill and East Cemetery Hill were popular destinations, our tour will be one of the first carriage tours of these areas since the late 19th century. This tour is to highlight the critical impact these locations had on the outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg.  There will be a 15-30 minute stop at Spangler Spring, guests may get off the carriage to walk the spring, use the restroom and talk to the LBG. This tour does go through a portion of the town in order to get to East Confederate Avenue.
  • October 29: "Culps Hill; the often unmentioned, crucial and continuous 2 day struggle" presented by Licenced Battlefield Guide Ralph Siegel
    • Join LBG Ralph Siegel for a 2  hour Tour by Carriage on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Culp’s Hill and East Cemetery Hill are two of the most unique, and often overlooked, portions of the Gettysburg battlefield. These areas witnessed heavy fighting at night, a rare occurrence in the Civil War, with the longest sustained fighting of the battle raging in and around Culp’s Hill on July 2 and 3. Join us for the first guided horse carriage tour of this fascinating portion of the battlefield and learn the history and stories behind those who fought at both locations. For early visitors to Gettysburg both Culp’s Hill and East Cemetery Hill were popular destinations, our tour will be one of the first carriage tours of these areas since the late 19th century. This tour is to highlight the critical impact these locations had on the outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg.  There will be a 15-30 minute stop at Spangler Spring, guests may get off the carriage to walk the spring, use the restroom and talk to the LBG. This tour does go through a portion of the town in order to get to East Confederate Avenue.
  • October 29:  "Gettysburg Battlefield and the National Cemetery post 1863; bringing soldiers stories alive from the CW to Vietnam" presented by Licenced Battlefield Guide and WW2 Expert Ralph Siegel
    • Start on our Horse-drawn Carriage on a 1 hr overview of the central Battlefield, highlighting its various uses and transformations through the century-  Camp Colt, Reunion camps, Military Training grounds- and discussion of President Eisenhower, his home and his influence.  The carriage will take you into the Taneytown Road Cemetery parking lot to dismount and walk into the National Cemetery to commence a 45-minute foot tour through both the old and new sections.  
      Highlights of the walking tour include:
      Visit to Cemetery Section 3 featuring Gen Arthur Nevins (Eisenhower’s close friend) and veterans of Omaha Beach, Iwo Jima, Korea and Vietnam
      Soldiers National Monument
      Gettysburg Address Site
      Cemetery Section 2 featuring Pearl Harbor, Omaha Beach veterans and 15-year-old Paul Heller USMC.
      Friend to Friend Masonic Memorial
      Gettysburg HS graduate PFC John Russell Miller, USMC, KIA Vietnam friendly fire.
      You will then meet the carriage through the Steinwehr Ave entrance at the Dobbin House to continue by Carriage back to the Gettysburg Heritage Center.

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