The Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

A black and white photo of storm clouds over the battlefield. Two monuments stand in the foreground.
Cemetery Ridge is visible as a storm approaches the battlefield.

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July 1-3, 2021

Daily Ranger Guided Programs - Thursday, July 1 - Saturday, July 3


Lincoln and the Soldiers’ National Cemetery (45 minutes)
Explore the meaning and cost of the Battle of Gettysburg and Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Find out how the National Cemetery was established, who is buried there, and why Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address still has meaning for us today.
Meet at the Taneytown Road entrance to the National Cemetery.
July 1-3 at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 4 pm.

Gettysburg History Hike (90 minutes)
Hike from the Visitor Center to Cemetery Ridge where fighting raged on July 2 & 3, 1863. Get an overview of the battle, visit the site of Pickett’s Charge, explore the Bloody Angle, and walk in the footsteps of the men who struggled there.
Meet at Ranger Program Site 1 behind the Museum and Visitor Center.
July 1-3 at 10:30 am.

The Care of the Wounded (60 minutes)
Over 27,000 soldiers were wounded in the Battle of Gettysburg. Explore how these men were evacuated, treated, and ultimately, how most of their lives were saved.
Meet at Ranger Program Site 2 behind the Museum and Visitor Center.
July 1-3 at 3 pm.

"Let's Explore..." Family History Hikes (60 minutes)
Explore each day's battlefield with a Park Educator. Seek out and decipher all types of monuments, explore key moments through some of the most prominent landscape features, and tour historic buildings used as headquarters and hospitals.
July 1 - Meet at Tour Stop #1, McPherson Ridge. Park on Reynold’s Avenue.
July 2 - Meet at Tour Stop #9, The Wheatfield. Park on Sickles Avenue.
July 3 - Meet at the Maryland Monument. Park in National Cemetery Lot.
July 1-3 at 10 am.

Special Programs - Thursday, July 1


Overview Talks (30 minutes)
These programs provide a brief overview of key moments during the Battle of Gettysburg on the day they occurred, 158 years ago.

The First Day of Battle
Meet at the McPherson Barn. Park on Stone and Meredith Avenue. Keep all wheels on pavement.
July 1 at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm.


Doors Open
Over the course of the 158th Anniversary of the Battle visitors will be able to explore the interiors of select historic battlefield buildings. Discover the stories of the families who called them home and the turbulent events that swirled around them.

Edward McPherson Barn
A landmark on the First Days Battlefield, the barn is the only surviving element of the Edward McPherson Farm. It was used as a field hospital and aide station during and after the fighting.
Open to the Public from 10 am to 3 pm.
Park on Stone and Meredith Avenue. Keep all wheels on pavement.

Anniversary Lecture Series
Over the anniversary of the battle Park Rangers and historians will host hour-long presentations, offering unique perspectives on the events of 158 years ago. This special series is co-sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation.

8 pm - All tickets are SOLD OUT but we will live stream this event on our Facebook page.

The Wheatfield with acclaimed stage and screen actor Stephen Lang
A story of sacrifice, courage and selflessness, Lang’s special performance of The Wheatfield tells of Union Soldier and Medal of Honor awardee, James Jackson Purman, as he vividly recalls the Battle of Gettysburg and his fateful encounters with friends and foe. Returning to Gettysburg 50 years after the battle, Purman and other battle-weary Civil War veterans gather in harmony, stripping away their former allegiances to north and south in hopes of peaceful fellowship. The evening will also feature the premiere recitation of some of Lang’s new work.

Special Programs - Friday, July 2


Overview Talks (30 minutes)
These programs provide a brief overview of key moments during the Battle of Gettysburg on the day they occurred, 158 years ago.

The Second Day of Battle
Meet at the James Warfield House. Park on West Confederate Avenue. Do not park on Millerstown Road. Keep all wheels on pavement.
July 2 at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm.


Doors Open
Over the course of the 158th Anniversary of the Battle visitors will be able to explore the interiors of select historic battlefield buildings. Discover the stories of the families who called them home and the turbulent events that swirled around them.

James Warfield Home
Occupied at the time of the battle by members of Gettysburg's African American community, the historic James Warfield Home has recently been rehabilitated by the National Park Service. Step inside this modest home and discover the often-forgotten story of Gettysburg’s black citizens and the challenges they faced during the summer of 1863.
Open to the Public from 10 am to 3 pm.
Park along West Confederate Avenue. Do not park on Millerstown Road. Keep all wheels on pavement.

Visit our Warfield House web page for project photo albums, time-lapse videos, and preservationist videos of the full Warfield House rehabilitation project.

Anniversary Lecture Series
Over the anniversary of the battle Park Rangers and historians will host hour-long presentations, offering unique perspectives on the events of 158 years ago. This special series is co-sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation.

8 pm - All tickets are SOLD OUT but we will live stream this event on our Facebook page.

Culp’s Hill Rediscovered: Battle, Memory, and Rehabilitation on Gettysburg’s Forgotten Hill
In the winter and spring of 2021 Gettysburg National Military Park, with the generous support of the Gettysburg Foundation, began the rehabilitation of 18 acres of historic woods on Culp’s Hill, bringing renewed interest to the site of Gettysburg’s most sustained combat. Join NPS Ranger Troy Harman, NPS Archeologists Erik Kreusch and Tara Noel, along with historian Sue Boardman, for a lively discussion of the history and rehabilitation of this singular spot on the Gettysburg Battlefield.

Special Programs - Saturday, July 3


Overview Talks (30 minutes)
These programs provide a brief overview of key moments during the Battle of Gettysburg on the day they occurred, 158 years ago.

The Third Day of Battle
Meet at the Abraham Brian House. Park in the National Cemetery Parking Lot or on Hancock Avenue. Keep all wheels on pavement.
July 3 at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm.


Doors Open
Over the course of the 158th Anniversary of the Battle visitors will be able to explore the interiors of select historic battlefield buildings. Discover the stories of the families who called them home and the turbulent events that swirled around them.

Meade’s Headquarters - Lydia Leister Home
Home of the widow Lydia Leister and her children, the two-room structure became the Headquarters of the Union Army of the Potomac. General George G. Meade held his famous “Council of War” here on the evening of July 2, 1863.
Open to the Public from 10 am to 3 pm.
Park in the National Cemetery Parking Lot or on Hancock Avenue. Keep all wheels on pavement.


Abraham Brian Farm
Visitors can explore the home of Abraham Brian and his family. A member of Gettysburg’s African American Community, he fled the battlefield with his family only to return to find his home in ruins.
Open to the Public from 10 am to 3 pm.
Park in the National Cemetery Parking Lot or on Hancock Avenue. Keep all wheels on pavement.

Battle Walk: "A Desperate Thing to Attempt” - Pickett’s Charge
Visitors are invited to follow in the footsteps of the Confederate soldiers that took part in Pickett’s Charge, the climactic moment of the Battle of Gettysburg. Who were the men that made this assault, what motivated them, and what did they experience in the fields between Seminary and Cemetery Ridge? Join Ranger Matt Atkinson and retrace the route of the most famous charge in American military history. This program involves significant hiking and walking occasionally over rough terrain. Water, headgear, sun protection, insect repellent, and comfortable, sturdy walking shoes are highly recommended.
Meet at the Virginia Monument, Auto Tour Stop 5.
Park along West Confederate Avenue. Keep all wheels on pavement.
3 pm

Anniversary Lecture Series
Over the anniversary of the battle Park Rangers and historians will host hour-long presentations, offering unique perspectives on the events of 158 years ago. This special series is co-sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation.

8 pm - All tickets are SOLD OUT but we will live stream this event on our Facebook page.

Shot and Shell: The U.S. Regular Army Artillery During Pickett’s Charge July 3, 1863
While relatively small during the Battle of Gettysburg, the soldiers and officers of the United States Regular Army nonetheless fought all three days for the Union cause at the Battle of Gettysburg. During Pickett’s Charge on July, 3 1863 at least nine regular army artillery batteries took part in the cannonade, attack and/or repulse of Longstreet’s Assault. Join historian, author, and new Gettysburg Foundation president and CEO Wayne Motts as he explores the role and stories of the officers and men of the U.S. regular artillery on July, 3 1863.

Last updated: June 29, 2021

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