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.