On July 1, 2013, more than 1,300 visitors joined Park Rangers Scott Hartwig and Dan Welch for the opening tour of the sesquicentennial: "The Last March of the Iron Brigade." This video chronicles that tour and story of the Iron Brigade and their approach march to the battlefield on the morning of July 1, 1863. Read more about the tour on our blog: http://npsgnmp.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/memories-of-the-150th-the-last-march-of-the-iron-brigade/
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What opportunities do you see for General Sickles and General Meade to have practiced better communication skills? If you could advise Sickles and Meade on what to have done differently to improve their communication, what advice would you have given them? www.facebook.com/GettysburgNMP
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For much of the three days of the battle of Gettysburg, the right flank of the Army of the Potomac rested near the wooded slopes of Culp's Hill. Though not as famous as Little Round Top, the Wheatfield, or Pickett's Charge, the fighting on Culp's Hill was the most sustained of the entire battle. Join Ranger Jim Flook and explore this often overlooked battlefield location.
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From its use as a rallying place for the Union Army on July 1st, 1863, to the brutal night attack that swept across it on July 2nd, Cemetery Hill was one of the most important locations on the battlefield of Gettysburg. Victory would belong to the army that controlled the hill. Join Ranger Jim Flook for a guided tour of this vital location and the harrowing events which occured on its slopes in July of 1863.
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In one of the more controversial moments of the battle of Gettysburg, Confederate General James Longstreet's men did not attack until mid-afternoon on July 2. This delay possibly cost victory for the Confederacy. Join Ranger Matt Atkinson and explore what we do and do not know about the fateful march
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The 1,600 Mississipians of Brigadier General William Barksdale's Confederate brigade advanced across this ground on the afternoon of July 2nd, 1863 - the second day of the battle of Gettysburg. Less than four hundred yards away stood Joseph Sherfy's barn and peach orchard, defended by Union infantry and artillery.Take a moment and virtually travel to the Gettysburg battlefield as you listen to audio describing the scene which took place over the fields to your front.
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The National Park Service invites the public to walk in the same footsteps as Confederate and Union soldiers during Pickett's Charge. July 3rd represented the "High Water Mark of the Rebellion" and, with 15,000 marching visitors, the highlight of the 150th anniversary events.
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The battle of Gettysburg began on the morning of July 1st, 1863 as the Union Army of the Potomac and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia collided northwest of the town of Gettysburg. The fighting that day was obstinate and bloody and would set in motion a series of events which would result in the defeat of the Confederate army. Join Ranger John Nicholas as he describes the opening shots of the battle of Gettysburg.
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Join Ranger Chuck Teague for a guided tour of East Cavalry Battlefield, site of a climactic cavalry fight on July 3rd, 1863 that pitted Confederate Maj. Gen. J.E.B Stuart against Union horseman led by Brig. Gen David M. Gregg and George A. Custer.
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Late in the day on July 1st, 1863 Abner Perrin led his Confederate troops forward into battle against the Union position on Seminary Ridge. Despite a veritable storm of shot and shell, Perrin's men were able to drive back the Union defenders and claim victory. Join Ranger John Hoptak as he describes the extrodinary leadership demonstrated by Perrin as he faced a moment of crisis. Join us Wednesdays for a series of ranger videos that explore the battlefield as a classroom on the characteristics of leadership. Please, watch the video and share your thoughts on the question. #LeadershipatGettysburg
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No place on the Gettysburg battlefield is as unique as the jumbled pile of boulders known as Devil's Den. A tourist attraction even before the battle, it would go down in history as the scene of some of the most confusing and violent combat of the entire American Civil War. Join Ranger Matt Atkinson as he explores this singular place.
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Join Gettysburg National Military Park Ranger Matt Atkinson and explore the Sherfy Peach Orchard on the Gettysburg battlefield. Valued by both sides because of its high ground and open fields of fire, a brutal battle for control of the Peach Orchard would shatter the landscape and result in some of the most brutal fighting of the battle of Gettysburg.
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Ranger John Hoptak describes the ordeal of the 16th Maine Volunteer Infantry. The 16th Maine served as the rear guard for the retreating Union army on July 1st, 1863. Attacked from three sides, the men of the 16th had to make a difficult decision. Should they flee the battlefield in an attempt to save the regiment, or should they fight on no matter what the cost?
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Confederate General James Longstreet referred to the fighting on July 2nd, 1863 at Gettysburg as "the best three hours of fighting ever done by any troops on any battlefield." Gettysburg National Military Park Ranger Jim Flook examines those three hours and tries to untangle the carnage, chaos, and confusion of the 2nd day of the battle of Gettysburg. This is one of dozens of free ranger led programs offered every day throughout the summer at Gettysburg National Military Park. www.nps.gov/gett
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Join Ranger Jim Flook in the Triangular Field at Gettysburg and examine the ordeal faced by the men of 124th New York and the officers who led them into combat on July 2nd, 1863. Join us Wednesdays for a series of ranger videos that explore the battlefield as a classroom on the characteristics of leadership. Please, watch the video and share your thoughts on the question. #LeadershipatGettysburg
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When given vague direction without the benefit of complete information, how does a leader make an effective decision? Join us Wednesdays for a series of ranger videos that explore the battlefield as a classroom on the characteristics of leadership. Please, watch the video and share your thoughts on the question. #LeadershipatGettysburg
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Join National Park Ranger Matt Atkinson as he explores the controversial Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Forrest entered the service as a private and surrendered as a Lieutenant General. Along the way, this uneducated backwoods fellow learned the art of war, culminating in the year 1864 with the controversey at Fort Pillow, his greatest victory at Brice's Crossroads, and an all-out effort by General William T. Sherman to thwart "that devil Forrest."
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What did the veterans really think about the cause of the American Civil War? Were the reunions all about unification and reconciliation, or were there other stories being told? Watch Gettysburg National Military Park Ranger Christopher Gwinn as he examines the post-war experiences and words of the veterans who returned to Gettysburg.
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Join Ranger Bill Hewitt and explore McPherson's Ridge, near where the battle of Gettysburg began on July 1st, 1863. Ranger Hewitt will examine the story of the McPherson farm before, during, and after the battle of Gettysburg, looking at the fighting that raged across the landscape and the civilians who had to confront the battle's aftermath.
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Few Gettysburg personalities are as controversial and compelling as Daniel Sickles, commander of the Third Corps of the Army of the Potomac. Join Ranger Matt Atkinson as he dissects Sickles life and examines his pivotal role at the battle of Gettysburg.
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Should a leader be praised or condemned for violating instructions? How would you feel if things did not work out quite as well as they did? And where else, during the battle of Gettysburg, can we see examples of officers violating the instructions of their superiors? Join us Wednesdays for a series of ranger videos that explore the battlefield as a classroom on the characteristics of leadership. Please, watch the video and share your thoughts on the question. #LeadershipatGettysburg
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Join Ranger Philip Brown of Gettysburg National Military Park as he recounts the experiences of these men and traces their route across the battlefield.
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Union General John Robinson's troops fought a stubborn and bloody battle outside of Gettysburg on July 1st, 1863. Join Gettysburg National Military Park Ranger John Hoptak as he explores the story of Robinson's division and their tenacious stand on Oak Ridge at Gettysburg.
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The battle of Gettysburg began on the morning of July 1st, 1863 in the fields and woods northwest of Gettysburg. The fighting would eventually surge across farm land owned by Edward McPherson. Join Gettysburg National Military Park Ranger Chuck Teague for a look at the opening stages of the battle of Gettysburg on McPherson Ridge.
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A successful prescribed fire was conducted on the west slope of Little Round Top on April 10, 2017. This area of the park was selected for a prescribed burn because it was an open area at the time of the battle and woody shrubs and invasive species had reclaimed the fields and open areas of the slope. This prescribed fire will aid in managing the vegetation in this area. This area was open at the time of the battle and without treatment, woody vegetation can quickly establish itself and grow into dense woods. The park uses numerous methods to maintain these historically open areas such as prescribed fires, mowing, and herbicide sprays. Of these three tools, prescribed fires are the more cost effective and ecological way to manage woody vegetation. Prescribed fires kill off many of the woody shrubs and invasive species that begin reclaiming these historically open areas while native grasses, which can sometimes be mistaken as weeds, provide habitat and prevent erosion.
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Gettysburg National Military Park Ranger Matt Atkinson examines the post-war life of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Subjects discussed include Lee's tenure at Washington College (now Washington and Lee University), his role in reconciliation, and the general's famous refusal to discuss the events of the American Civil War.
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Few battles were more confusing and bloody than the July 2nd, 1863 fighting in farmer John Rose's wheatfield. Join National Park Ranger John Hoptak for an indepth tour through some of the bloodiest and misunderstood ground in Gettysburg National Military Park.
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When should a commander delegate authority so that he can use that decision to help accomplish his mission? Did Kershaw’s decision to delegate authority and split his brigade into multiple pieces help or hinder his ability to accomplish his missions here on July 2, 1863?
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On the afternoon of July 1st, 1863 Confederate troops led by Brig. Gen. John Gordon were able to drive back elements of the Army of the Potomac's 11th Corps, posted on Blocher's Knoll. Gordon's men were successful, in part, because of the personal leadership of Gordon himself, who was conspicuous for his bravery and bravado.
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This time lapse video follows one cannon carriage through it's roughly six-week restoration process. More than 400 cannons dot the battlefield, and while most of the cannon tubes are original to the Civil War, the carriages are well over 100 years old as well. In order to withstand time, early park managers had cast iron carriages created to closely resemble what artillery units used during the Battle of Gettysburg. The carriages were purchased by the War Department from 1895 through about 1910 from the Calvin Gilbert foundry here in Gettysburg. The first step in the process is sandblasting to remove the primer coat that was initially put on in the late 1990’s after the lead paint had been removed. Park staff then inspects the carriages to assess their general condition, structural defects, and missing hardware. Many of the load-bearing elements have stress fractures or damaged castings due to their age and to exposure to the elements for more than 100 years on the battlefield. Often the spokes and/or fellows are badly damaged and need to be repaired or replaced. To do this, the wheel must be removed. All welded repairs are ground and dressed. Craters and defects are filled with polyester based automotive body filler. At this point, the implements are attached to the carriage, including the sponge chain holders, elevator screws, and prolonge hooks. The joints are caulked, and each carriage gets two coats of primer and two coats of official “Gettysburg artillery green” paint, with black paint applied to all the hardware items. This work is done almost exclusively by volunteers. These are fragile artifacts that commemorate the service of those who fought here. Please join us in their protection by not climbing or sitting on these historic resources. This restored cannon carriage is part of the The Pulaski Artillery, Fraser's Battery. This battery sits along West Confederate Ave. just south of the observation tower. Music provided by the Fort McHenry Guard Fife and Drum Corps: http://www.fortmchenryguard.org/corps-of-artillery-field-music.html
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July 3rd, 1863. Union and Confederate cavalry clash three miles east of Gettysburg in a series of charge and counter-charge that thunder across the landscape. Join Gettysburg National Military Park Ranger John Nicholas for a guided tour of this under-appreciated chapter of the battle of Gettysburg.
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On July 2nd 1863 Little Round Top saw some of the fiercest fighting here at the battle of Gettysburg. The struggle to hold to the Union position would last over an hour and a half, and the impact that this had on the Civil War and American history is still being felt today. Today we see a much different impact, and face a much different challenge. Erosion, accessibility, overcrowding, all effect not only the hill itself but the people visiting it as well. We want to improve the preservation of Little Round top and the visitor experience, by creating gathering areas, improving parking, and creating new and better pathways. This helps us fulfill the Park’s mission to preserve and protect these special places for the future generations who will visit Gettysburg National Military Park. www.nps.gov/gett/getinvolved/planning
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Join Ranger Daniel Vermilya as he speaks on the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain and the Atlanta Campaign of 1864 as part of the Gettysburg National Military Park Winter Lectures series.
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Thousands of men, from all corners of the world, took part in the battle of Gettysburg. From Germans and Italians, to Chinese and Irish, legions of first generation Americans fought for their definition of freedom and liberty on the Gettysburg battlefield. Who were these men? What did they fight for? Join us we discover Gettysburg's global connections.
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Join Gettysburg National Military Park Ranger Chuck Teague and explore the rock covered slopes of Little Round Top. For nearly two hours on July 2nd, 1863, Union and Confederate soldiers fought, bled, and died in the bloody fighting that overwhelmed the hill. Today, Little Round Top is one of the most visited, and iconic, locations at Gettysburg National Military Park.
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Join Supervisory Park Ranger Angie Atkinson for a look at one of the more famous units to see action during the American Civil War, the Irish Brigade. From the Sunken Road at Antietam to the Bloody Wheatfield at Gettysburg, Angie describes the history and significance of this storied group of American soldiers.
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On July 3, 2013, 40,000 visitors gathered in Gettysburg National Military park to mark the 150th anniversary of Pickett's Charge. 15,000 of these visitors crossed the same fields that the nine Confederate brigades had crossed 150 years earlier led by park rangers and Confederate living historians. This video tells that story...
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A successful prescribed fire was conducted on approximately 100 acres between Devils Den and South Confederate Avenue on April 14, 2018. Gettysburg’s overall objectives are to maintain the conditions of the battlefield as experienced by the soldiers who fought here; perpetuate the open space character of the landscape; maintain wildlife habitat; control exotic invasive species; reduce shrub and woody species components; and reduce fuels in wooded areas to reduce fire hazard. This prescribed fire will aid in managing the vegetation in this area. This area was open at the time of the battle and without treatment, woody vegetation can quickly establish itself and grow into dense woods. The park uses numerous methods to maintain these historically open areas such as prescribed fires, mowing, and herbicide sprays. Of these three tools, prescribed fires are the more cost effective and ecological way to manage woody vegetation. Prescribed fires kill off many of the woody shrubs and invasive species that begin reclaiming these historically open areas while native grasses, which can sometimes be mistaken as weeds, provide habitat and prevent erosion. Visit our website for more information: https://www.nps.gov/gett/learn/news/prescribed-fires-april-13-14.htm
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Can a leader lead from behind? On July 1st, 1863 Confederate infantry under Edward O’Neal and Alfred Iverson suffered a crippling defeat in their attacks on Oak Ridge. Neither commander advanced with their men. Could their presence at the front have made a difference? Join us Wednesdays for a series of ranger videos that explore the battlefield as a classroom on the characteristics of leadership. Please, watch the video and share your thoughts on the question. #LeadershipatGettysburg
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The Battle of Sailor's Creek was fought near Farmville, Virginia, in the closing days of the American Civil War, on April 6, 1865. Join National Park Service Ranger and Historian John Heiser as he recounts the last major engagement of Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant.
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Ranger Matt Atkinson discusses his involvement in the formation of the "Lost Cause" after the American Civil War.
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Major General Ambrose E. Burnside ranks among the most maligned generals of the American Civil War and much of the criticism leveled against him stems from his actions during the September 17th, 1862, Battle of Antietam, and especially his efforts at storming the Burnside Bridge. But is this popular criticism of Burnside fair? Join John Hoptak for a new look at the role and actions of Ambrose Burnside and the soldiers of his 9th Corps during the war's Bloodiest Day.
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On November 19, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln delivered a 272 word address at the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg. 150 years later, on November 19, 2013 the president's remarks were recreated by Lincoln presenter James Getty.
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