Friday Tour Option
"Confederate Advance to Gettysburg" with Ted Alexander
We will follow the route of Lee's army into Maryland and Pennsylvania. First stop is Williamsport, MD where part of Lee's army crossed the Potomac River Fords into Maryland. the historic and fabled Mason -Dixon Line where Rebel soldiers entered Pennsylvania; Lee's woods site of the generals first bivouac in Pennsylvania; Greencastle where Union cavalry commander Ulric Dahlgren captured important documents bound for Lee at Gettysburg; Fleming Farm and Corporal Rihl monument and grave, skirmish site of June 22, 1863 where of the death of the first Union soldier on Pennsylvania soil took place; Chambersburg where Lee and A.P. Hill met in a council of war; we will also visit the Chambersburg Heritage Center and view exhibits related to the Civil War and local history. We will also view the site of Lee's camp in Messersmith's Woods where he met the spy Harrison and made the decision to move toward Gettysburg. Stops will also be made in the historic towns of Mercersburg and McConnelsburg - site of skirmishes and rare Confederate graves. As we approach Gettysburg we will view A.P. hill's headquarters at Font Hill in Fayetteville, Pa. and the Thaddeus Stevens iron works that was burned by Juabl Early's men on June 26, 1863. Along the way we will view numerous period homes and barns that have retained their 19th century appearance.
Ted Alexander is Chief Historian at Antietam National Battlefield and is a 27 years veteran of the National Park Service. He is the author, co -author or editor of four books on the Civil War and has written more than 200 articles and book reviews for publications such as Civil War Times Illustrated, Blue and Gray Magazine, Maryland History, and The Washington Times. He is a frequent lecturer and tour guide for groups such as Johns Hopkins University's Odyssey Program; The Smithsonian Resident Associates, and CAMP - Council of America's Military Past. He is also the founder of coordinator of the Chambersburg Civil War Seminars.