First Corps Event

September 11 and 12, 2020

A special invitation to First Corps members: Join us on Friday evening for a First Corps reception and buffet at the Museum & Visitor Center.

On Saturday, we'll travel to some rarely-visited portions of the battlefield as we follow Major General John Sedgwick and a divided Union 6th Corps in guarding both flanks of the Union Army.


Event details



First Corps Event


An exclusive event for First Corps Friends only. 


Friday, September 11, 2020

Friends Reception at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center

After several months of social distancing that has separated us and cancelled several of our annual events, please join us for an evening celebration of coming together as Friends to reminisce and catch up. A buffet dinner will be served in the Refreshment Saloon at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center beginning at 7 p.m. and doors will open with a cash bar at 6:30 p.m.


Saturday, September 12, 2020

The Union 6th Corps is often overlooked as “just the reserves” during the Battle of Gettysburg. However, the Corps itself was split in two on July 2, 1863, responsible for guarding both flanks of the Union Army. Maj. General John Sedgwick’s 6th Corps, on its arrival at Gettysburg the afternoon of July 2, 1863, was deployed primarily as reserves over the battlefield. By the morning of July 3, Brig. General Albion Howe’s 2nd Division of the 6th Corps was so divided that Col. Lewis Grant’s 2nd Brigade of Vermont troops protected the far left of the Union Army east of the Round Tops while Brig. General Thomas Neill’s 3rd Brigade skirmished with Lee’s 2nd Virginians on Wolf Hill, the far right of the infantry of the Union Army. This program will examine often overlooked areas of the Gettysburg National Military Park and the part these two halves of the 6th Corps had to play in the battle. First Corps attendees will be divided into two groups and will switch locations for the second portion of the day so that all members can fully enjoy both programs. This program includes a moderate to strenuous walking tour.


The Union Extreme Right Flank – Lost Avenue

The far right of the infantry of the Army of the Potomac is one of the least visited and isolated places on the battlefield. This area known as Neill Avenue or “Lost Avenue” is the best-preserved place on the battlefield – a walk back in time. The Avenue is surrounded by private property and is not accessible to the general public.

Join us for this exclusive program to be presented by the property owner, historian, and First Corps Member, Dean Shultz. The Friends have not been provided a tour of this area since the inaugural First Corps Event in 1993.


The Union Extreme Left Flank on July 3 – What if Longstreet had moved to the right?

Confederate General James Longstreet wrote about the morning of the third day at Gettysburg stating, “I had scouting parties out during the night in search of a way by which we might strike the enemy’s left and push it down towards his center. I found a way that gave some promise of results, and was about to move the command, when [Lee] rode over after sunrise and gave orders… to assault the enemy’s left center.” What if Longstreet had moved to the right, around the Round Tops? What Union force was there and were they capable of stopping the Confederates? Who ordered them there? Who was in command of this Union force and what did they do?

Join Licensed Battlefield Guide Paul Bailey on a walk along the rarely visited Howe and Wright Avenues to examine the extreme left flank of the Union line in search of answers to these questions and more.


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