This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the most important battles of the American Civil War. On July 1-3, 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia met Union Major General George Gordon Meade and his Army of the Potomac in the Pennsylvania fields of Gettysburg for a three-day conflict. Though Lee’s invasion into the North had some bursts of initial success, the Confederates were eventually driven out of Pennsylvania and back to Virginia. This defeat dampened any Southern hopes for independence by helping to hasten the Union’s ultimate victory and the end of the war.
Gettysburg National Military Park is honoring this anniversary with a week full of special ceremonies and events. This includes ranger guided tours, living history reenactments, and many child friendly activities. Go here to see a full schedule of anniversary events.
James and Suzanne Gindlesperger, authors of So You Think You Know Gettysburg?, will be at the Gettysburg Museum and Gift Center at 3 p.m. on both July 5 and 6 to answer questions about the park’s many monuments. You can also listen to the Gindlespergers speak about the anniversary on Johnstown radio station WNTJ-AM on Monday, July 8 at 7 a.m.
Interested in reading more about the Civil War and American history? John F. Blair, Publisher, has an impressive back list of titles focusing on the Civil War, including the particular manner and effects of the war in North Carolina, biographies of significant leaders, and battlefield guides. Browse through our Civil War and Historical pages to learn more.