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May Encounters with History

Saturday, May 18, 2019

“Action Forward!” Civil War Field Artillery at Gettysburg with Licensed Battlefield Guide David Donahue
This is a full-day indoor and outdoor program. A lecture will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Ford Education Center in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, followed by a moderate walking tour from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This classroom and battlefield exercise is a 6 hour introduction to the use of artillery by the armies at Gettysburg. The three-hour morning classroom session will be a lecture/discussion of the mission, tactics, ammunition, equipment, organization, and logistical support of artillery in the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia. The afternoon practical exercise will take the students to the First Day battlefield where they will have the opportunity to evaluate the challenges that Union First Corps artillery battery commanders faced on July 1st, 1863. Participants can then determine how and why those batteries fought as they did that day. The afternoon session will include a roughly one mile walk over rough terrain.

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May Encounters with History