My son Tom and I attended some of the 144th Anniversary Battle Walks today in Gettysburg, charging across the Valley of Death up to the stone wall, where my older son Scott, my daughter-in-law, and my cute little grandson were awaiting “Pickett’s Charge.” Gettysburg park ranger John Heiser was the tour guide for this entertaining battle walk. Earlier in the day, Tom and I hiked the educational walk / tour of the attack on Culp’s Hill, led by Troy Harmon. Two excellent walks!
A few members of the Johnny Reb Gaming Society were on various walks this week; great to see some old friends!
The National Park Service hosts regular battle walks each afternoon during the summer season, including some of the very same walks presented during the anniversary commemoration, but without the crowds. Schedules can be obtained at the Visitors Center.
I signed 40 or so books today at the Visitors Center; sales remain very brisk for the Human Interest Stories of the Gettysburg Campaign! Sales, as expected, of the Antietam book lag behind, but that book sells reasonably well at the Antietam park. Volume 2 of the Gettysburg book will be submitted to the publisher shortly. My thanks to author and newspaper editor James McClure for his proofreading and editorial help! Watch for this new book in the winter!