Find out more about war fought at Gettysburg
July 30, 2009
GETTYSBURG, PA – HACC’s summer sundown walking tours at Gettysburg National Military Park offer insight into segments of the Civil War battle that raged locally in July 1863.
These continuing education classes offered by HACC-Gettysburg Campus are designed to appeal to anyone with an interest in local history as well as the history of a divisive time in our nation. Each tour is led by a licensed battlefield guide. 
Three classes will be held in on the following Wednesdays in August, including:
  • Aug. 5, 5-9 p.m. “First the Men Fall and Then the Trees Fell: Fighting in the Codori Thicket during the Battle of Gettysburg”

One of the more interesting and significant episodes of the fighting during the Battle of Gettysburg occurred in the Codori Thicket on July 2 and 3, and yet few people go there. Recently, the National Park Service decided to restore the battlefield to its 1863 appearance, and the thicket was the first area to be cleared of non-historic foliage. Find out why on this tour. Participants meet at the Pennsylvania Monument to begin the tour. Expect to walk about two miles over uneven terrain, just like the soldiers did. The cost is $40.

  •  Aug. 12, 5:30-8:30 p.m. “Stroll Down Hancock Avenue: Monumental Monuments”

Take a walk down the most “monumented” avenue on the battlefield and learn the history of the men and the monuments that made it what it is today. Participants will discover a little of the history of the battlefield park along the way. The tour begins at the Cyclorama flagpole. The cost is $30.

  • Aug. 26, 5-9 p.m. “Fighting or Flying Dutchmen: The 11th Corps from Barlow’s Knoll to Cemetery Hill”

The understanding that most battlefield visitors have of the 11th Corps is this: they came, they saw, they ran. Is that a fair evaluation? Are the derisive names of Howard’s Cowards and the Flying Dutchmen justified? This tour will critically detail the fighting (or lack thereof) of the 11th Corps on July 1, beginning with the decision of Francis Barlow to move his men forward and then their subsequent retreat back through the town to Cemetery Hill. Participants will meet at Barlow’s Knoll to start the tour and end on Cemetery Hill. The cost is $40.


To register for any or all of these walking tours, go to and click on Noncredit Courses. The link leads you to the Shopping Cart where you can enroll. Users receive an e-mail confirming enrollment.
For more information, call continuing education office at HACC-Gettysburg Campus at 717-338-1010.
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