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Gettysburg Offers Special Winter Lecture Series – 1862: War in Earnest & Perspectives on the Gettysburg Campaign and Battle

Photo by Scott Mingus, September 2011, Gettysburg National Military Park

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the National Park Service free winter lecture series in 2012 will explore events and personalities that figured prominently in 1862, and also return to the popular “Perspectives on the Gettysburg Campaign and Battle.” Programs will explore the great battles and campaigns of 1862, such as Shiloh, Antietam, the Monitor and Merrimac and others, as well as people and events that shaped the war. Speakers will include as a special guest Dr. Allen Guelzo, the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College, who will speak on the Emancipation Proclamation.

National Park Rangers will offer the programs on weekends beginning Saturday, January 7, and running through Sunday, March 11. They are free of charge and will be held at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, in one of the film theaters through February 26 and in the Ford Motor Company Fund Education Center on March 4, 10, and 11. Programs begin at 1:30 p.m. and last approximately one hour.

For more information and a schedule of programs go to Gettysburg National Military Park’s website at or call 717/ 334-1124 x 8023.

War in Earnest – The Civil War in 1862


Key Moments and Commanders of the Gettysburg Campaign

National Park Service Winter Lecture Series 2012

Saturdays and Sundays, 1:30 p.m.

Gettysburg National Military Park

Museum and Visitor Center

1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, Pa.

Week #1

Saturday, January 7

Opening Moves in the Western Theater – Forts Henry and Donelson – Matt Atkinson

Sunday, January 8

1862: The Skirmishing is Over – Bill Hewitt

Week #2

Saturday, January 14

The Young Napoleon Part 2– George McClellan in 1862

D. Scott Hartwig

Week #3

Saturday, January 21

The Guns of 62 – Artillery on the 1862 Battlefields – Tom Holbrook

Sunday, January 22

USS Monitor: The Ship That Launched a Modern NavyKarlton Smith

Week #4

Saturday, January 28

Shiloh – Matt Atkinson

Sunday, January 29

Iuka & Corinth – Angie Atkinson

Week #5

Saturday, February 4

Counterfactual History:  “What ifs” of Gettysburg – Troy Harman

Sunday, February 5

The Army of Northern Virginia in 1862John Heiser

Week #6

Saturday, February 11

“I Dread the Thought of the Place:” Antietam – D. Scott Hartwig

Sunday, February 12

The Pipe Creek Line – Chuck Teague

Week #7

Saturday, February 18

1862: – The Emancipation Proclamation – Dr. Allen Guelzo

Sunday, February 19

The Night The War Was Won. The Battle of New Orleans; April 24, 1862Karlton Smith

Week #8

Saturday, February 25

1862:  God Has Granted Us A Happy New Year: The Results of the 1862 Campaign in the West: Bert Barnett

Sunday, February 26

The Rise and Fall of Hope: Robert E. Lee, George McClellan and the Seven Days Battles – Dan Welch

Week #9

Saturday, March 3 – No program

Sunday, March 4 (Ford Education Center)

Fredericksburg – Angie Atkinson

Week #10

Saturday, March 10 (Ford Education Center)

Official Language: Cover-ups hidden in Gettysburg After-Action Reports -Troy Harman

Sunday, March 11 (Ford Education Center)

“No Provisions Had Been Made for Such. Wholesale Slaughter:” The Medical Corps and the Campaigns of 1862 – Barbara Sanders

*  Programs will be held in theaters Jan. 7 – Feb. 26; and in the Ford Education Center, March 4 – 11.

Schedule is subject to change