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Meet at McPherson’s Ridge, auto tour stop #1; park on South Reynolds Avenue

Gettysburg National Military Park

Reynolds Ave S, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

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The Cadet Conference was founded by Civil War Trust member Bob Briney with a generous donation from his estate.

Walk in the Footsteps of Gettysburg’s Heroes

Saturday, September 2 @ 10am

Gettysburg Battlefield, Pennsylvania

A Generations Event

Help instill a lifelong passion for history by bringing your son, daughter, niece, neighbor or friend as we walk in the footsteps of Civil War soldiers.

As the Confederate army moved toward Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, Union soldiers under Generals Buford and Reynolds stood like iron and slowed the advance. A local citizen named John Burns joined the fight to protect his town. Confederate General Robert E. Lee saw his victorious men sweep the enemy off of Seminary Ridge, where Lee soon made his headquarters. In furious fighting, Confederates won the day and many of those who lived and died have become historical icons. For citizen John Burns, he was known in the last years of his life as the Hero of Gettysburg.

Share your passion for history with your child, niece, grandson or friends for this special “Generations” event, sponsored by the Civil War Trust and the National Park Service. Choose your side, get in line and march in the footsteps of your ancestors on the very ground where these and countless other human events transpired. Some lucky kids will even get to don the uniforms of their choice! As always, our "Cadet Conference" format employs hands-on activities and stresses teamwork, leadership, ethics and responsibility lessons as the fighting, photos and fascinating evolution of Manassas National Battlefield comes to life.


  • - Registration is required.
  • - The event is FREE and open to all who brings someone from another generation.
  • - The event will involve up to one mile of walking (although there are opportunities to limit this)
  • - Please wear appropriate footwear and be prepared for inclement weather.


Saturday, September 2, 2017

  • 9:45am to 10:04amMeet at McPherson’s Ridge, Gettysburg auto tour stop #1
  • 10:05amWelcome, introduction
  • 10:20amSchool of the soldier, choose your side
  • 10:40amThe battles for McPherson’s Ridge
  • 11:15amOn to Seminary Ridge
  • 11:45amLee’s Headquarters
  • 12:15pmWrap up
  • 12:30pmProgram concludes, return to vehicles

Resources at Home

Are you interested in learning a bit with your child, grandchild or friend at home before (or after) the event? Check out these resources:

Battle of Gettysburg


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