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JUL 23

The Battle of Gettysburg Ranger Programs

Gettysburg National Military Park’s free summer interpretive program series begins on June 10 and offers visitors a chance to learn about the people and places that made history during the Battle of Gettysburg. Hike the fields of Pickett’s Charge, explore the rocky summit of Little Round Top, reflect on the words of the Gettysburg Address and much more on these National Park Ranger-guided experiences. Gettysburg is offering new and exciting summer programs that will appeal to first time and repeat visitors alike. Highlights include:

  • Open House at Meade’s Headquarters and the Abraham Brian Farm: Step into history at the Lydia Leister and Abraham Brian Farms. Both buildings played an important role in the fighting that took place on Cemetery Ridge and witnessed key moments during the battle. Explore the interior of these two historic homes on Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Battlefield in a Box (30 minutes) - Become a part of the battlefield in this interactive overview program! Join a National Park Ranger and build a map of the battlefield using props. This is a perfect opportunity for the first time visitors wanting a better understanding of the battle. Meet at Ranger Site 1, behind the Museum and Visitor Center, daily at 4:00 p.m.
  • Pickett’s Charge Hike (90 minutes) – Follow in the footsteps of the men who took part in the most famous infantry assault in American military history. Explore why the attack was made, why it failed, and what was the cost. Water, insect repellent, a hat, and proper footgear are highly recommended. Meet at the Virginia Memorial, Auto Tour Stop 5, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3:00 p.m.

For visitors interested in living history, the Visit to the Past programs helps to connect people with the life and work of soldiers and citizens over 150 years ago:

  • Cannoneers to your Post (30 minutes) – On July 3, 1863 over 200 Union and Confederate cannon opened fire in one of the largest artillery duels of the war. Join a National Park Service living historian and become a part of a gun crew as you discover the role artillery played during the Battle of Gettysburg. Meet at the Abraham Brian Farm, Hancock Avenue, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Courage on Trial (1 hour) – Only one Union officer was tried for cowardice during the Battle of Gettysburg. Become part of the Court Martial, hear the evidence, and decide for yourself whether this soldier is innocent or guilty in this recreation of an actual case. Meet at Ranger Program Site 2 behind the Museum and Visitor Center, Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

At the George Spangler Farm, the National Park Service is offering a new, experiential program that places visitors in the roles of doctors and nurses who worked at the field hospital, struggling to save the lives of the over 1,900 wounded men who were treated there. Tickets are required to visit the farm, which is owned by the non-profit Gettysburg Foundation, and is accessible by shuttle bus only. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum and Visitor Center. Open Friday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

For a complete listing of all of the free summer ranger programs, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/gett, or pick up the Today in the Park planning guide available at the Park Service information desk inside the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg. Gettysburg National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service that preserves and protects the resources associated with the Battle of Gettysburg and the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, and provides an understanding of the events that occurred there within the context of American history. 

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