Walking in the footsteps of soldiers across the field of the Civil War’s most famous attack can be an unforgettable experience. Doing so with your son, granddaughter or nephew can help instill a lifelong passion for history. Join National Park Service Rangers and Licensed Battlefield Guides for this 1.5 mile hike as the story of Pickett’s Charge unfolds. Choose your side, outflank the enemy, and learn about the climactic fighting at the stone wall — what many call the High Water Mark of the Confederacy. Some lucky kids will even get to don hats and uniforms.
The event is free to all who bring a kid with them (ideal ages are 6-17, but all kids are welcome), but normal Park admission fees apply. Please go to the National Park Service visitor center to pay this fee before the event.
Tour Meeting Location
North of auto tour stop 15—the High Water Mark—at the Brian Farm. Park along the right side of North Hancock Avenue (please do not park on the grass) and in the National Cemetery parking lot (Old Cyclorama lot). Click here for a map.
9:45 am Assemble / choose your side / distribute uniforms
9:55 am Welcome / introduction to Gettysburg
10:05 am School of the Soldier / tour to the middle of the Pickett’s
10:30 am Battles, brigades and a burning farm
10:50 am Assault and Repulse--Pickett’s Charge!
11:25 am The Union line
12:00 pm Return to vehicles
This event is FREE and open to all who brings someone from another generation.
Guardians must accompany the child they brought to the event.
Registration is required.
Please wear appropriate footwear and be prepared for inclement weather.