In celebration of spring and warmer weather, the Gettysburg National Military Park will host a special Spring Battlefield Foray this weekend, in partnership with the Gettysburg Foundation. Taking place on both Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, visitors to the park can enjoy a variety of unique walks, talks, and hikes.
All the special events on the agenda for the Spring Battlefield Foray focus on the various forms of organization, tools used, and tactics that were implemented by both armies during the Battle of Gettysburg as well as other Civil War battles. These programs combine the efforts of park rangers, academic historians, and licensed battlefield guides to offer insight into the overall history and conflict of the times and deliver an intimate view into the human experience and inner conflicts of the war, not often publicized through other programs throughout the year.
The Spring Battlefield Foray gets underway bright and early on Saturday, April 23 with a series of 2.5-hour hikes that explore important marking points and phases of the battle from varying perspectives of different branches of the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia. Please note that these hikes require extensive hiking and walking, sometimes over rough terrain. It is recommended that hikers wear adequate shoes, bring water, headgear, sun protection and insect repellant. The first hike will take place between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and focus on Infantry vs. Infantry combat at Reynold’s Woods along with tools, tactics and the advantages and disadvantages of the terrain. At 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be “A Spirited Duel,” hike which looks at the Artillery on July 2nd. Later on there will be a hike from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.—Clash of Calvary that focuses on the Battle at East Calvary Field.
Events will continue on Sunday, April 24 with “Hiking the Union Fishhook.” This special program, which will take place from 8:55 a.m. to 4:55 p.m. will offer visitors a better understanding of the numerous battles that took place within the encompassing Battle of Gettysburg. As various fights were interconnected, walking from place to place offers the best way to grasp the stories behind the conflict. Licensed Battlefield Guides Tim Smith and Garry Adelman will lead this rigorous daylong hike that covers the Union fishhook, spanning eight miles of walking at a relatively fast pace.
All the programs that make up the Spring Battlefield Foray are free and open to the public to partake in. So come out and celebrate the warm weather of spring by getting outdoors and into history this weekend. You can read more about the details behind all hikes featured in part of the Spring Battlefield Foray by clicking here.
The Gettysburg National Military Park is located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA. For more information about the Spring Battlefield Foray and other events from the National Park Service, call 717-334-1124 or click here.