A marvelous weekend in Gettysburg!
After work this past Friday, I drove over to G’burg. If you have not been there recently to see the massive tree-cutting southwest of Devil’s Den, you must pay a visit! A sweeping vista not seen for nearly 100 years now greets the eye, finally revealing how strategic the boulder-strewn ridgeline was for Union defenders. Take a drive over this upcoming weekend if you have a chance!
I was the featured after-dinner speaker for a busload of Gettysburg buffs from the Albany, NY Capital City Civil War Round Table. We were at the Dobbin House, a late 18th century stone building that during the battle was a private home in no-mans’ land, surrounded by farm fields and a few outbuildings, including an old barn. Today, the expanded Dobbin House sits in the middle of “tourist row,” and is one of Gettysburg’s better restaurants.
The dinner buffet was terrific and, after everyone had eaten their fill, I spoke for an hour about the Confederate invasion of Adams and York counties and the expedition of John Gordon to burn the Wrightsville covered bridge. I had a chance to sit at dinner with Dr. Charlie Fennell, a licensed guide and history professor at HACC’s Gettysburg Campus, and exchange pleasantries with him and his wife. Charlie will be the featured speaker at the October 17 White Rose CWRT meeting at the York County Heritage Trust in downtown York.
I spent Sunday going from store to store signing copies of my most recent books – crowds were high as folks enjoyed the spectacular weather. We sold several copies of my Human Interest Stories from the Gettysburg Campaign and I had a chance to talk to a lot of great people.
All in all, it was a perfect Civil War weekend, bookended around my grandson’s second birthday party.