Join us in Sweney's Tavern at 6:00pm for our Civil War Lecture Series with Tim Smith. Enjoy a nice dinner and drinks from the bar while you learn about various Civil War topics. Suggested $10 admission.
December 3rd Lecture
Photography at Gettysburg
In the aftermath of the great battle, sightseers, reporters and photographers descended on the town of Gettysburg. In 1863 alone, seven different photography firms or individuals recorded scenes at Gettysburg.
In 1867 two local firms recorded a vast number of stereo views, increasing the total number of views recorded in Gettysburg during the 1860s to over 300. During the decades that followed, thousands more photographs were recorded by local and national firms. These images provide us with an incredible opportunity to understand how the area appeared at the time of the battle. Join Historian and Licensed Battlefield Guide, Timothy H. Smith, as we examine some of these early views and discuss the photographic coverage of the battlefield.
December 10th Lecture
The Wounding of John L. Burns and the Alexander Riggs House
On the afternoon of July 1, 1863, a citizen of Gettysburg joined the ranks of the Union army west of the town and was wounded in the fighting and left on the field for dead. Early the next morning, he crawled to a nearby house where he received the assistance of neighbors. He was eventually transported to his home and survived his wounds to become somewhat of a national celebrity. Join historian and guide, Timothy H. Smith as he discusses the story of his wounds and recovery and his search for information concerning the Alexander Riggs House where Burns lay wounded upon a cellar door. A point of discussion will be the recent archeological dig at the Riggs House foundation, sponsored by the Gettysburg College, Adams County Historical Society and Civil War Trust.
December 17th Lecture
Pickett's Charge: A Discussion of the Most Famous Attack in American History
On the afternoon of July 3, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee ordered more than 12,000 Southern infantrymen to undertake what would become the most legendary charge in American military history. This attack, popularly but inaccurately known as “Pickett’s Charge,” is often considered the turning point of the Civil War’s seminal battle of Gettysburg. Join Historian and Guide Timothy H. Smith as he moderates a discussion with authors James Hessler and Wayne Motts concerning their award winning book.