Yesterday, I was notified by Hunterstown Historical Society President Laurie Harding that the book signing I’ll be having following the Hunterstown monument dedication will take place on the front porch of the Jacob Grass Hotel. The Grass Hotel was Federal Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick’s headquarters during the July 2, 1863 cavalry battle there with Wade Hampton’s Confederate troopers. The owner of the Grass Hotel, Mr. Ron Myers, is very aware of the history of his home and the area, and has done much to preserve the building. I’m honored that he has opened his property to this event, and I’m really hoping for a tour of the home. In all these years I’ve never seen the inside of it.
Here is the current schedule of the day’s events, which can be found on the Society’s website:
The dedication of the new Hunterstown Monument
depicting Norvell Churchill “saving” the life of
Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer.
The Churchill Family will be coming to
Gettysburg / Hunterstown for this event
and will be bringing the family sword with them!July 2nd, 2008
Hunterstown, PA.11 am Monument Dedication
Roger and Laurie Harding, Co-Founders,Hunterstown Historical Society
George Zepick, Chaplain, Grand RapidsTroy Harman, NPS Ranger and HistorianMike Vallone, Gettysburg Battlefield GuideDave Broene, Grand Rapids RoundtablePat Stephens, Great-Grandaughter
of Norvell ChurchillThe Churchill FamilyStephen Alexander, Custer Re-enactorPA State OfficialJ. David Petruzzi, AuthorJared Frederick, ArtistPanoramic Artist, Jim Phelps,
will be on hand to “Photo Document”
this historic event. Armor Guard and Gun Salute
Unveiling of first Hunterstown battle painting …
by Artist, Jared Frederick(depicting Custer and Churchill on the Hunterstown Road)
2009 “Hunterstown” Calendar will be available for sale!by Artist, Edwin L. GreenAfterwards….4th Annual Walking Tour of “The Battle of Hunterstown”
Gettysburg Battlefield Guide, Mike Vallone, will be giving the tour.
Afterwards…..Picnic Lunch (Location to be announced)
-Tour of the Great Conewago Presbyterian Church and Cemetary
http://www.hunterstown1863.com/id16.html– Hunterstown Artifact Display –Also, all Hunterstown fundraiser items
will be on display and for sale.All proceeds will go to Hunterstown Historical Society.
(times be announced)Deb McCauslin, “For the Cause”
Also…a Special Evening Presentation…by General Ulysses Grant
and Mrs. Julia GrantLive music by Rick Garland
Oh Be Joyful!
Author J. D. Petruzzi
“Plenty of Blame To Go Around: Jeb Stuart’s Controversial Ride to Gettysburg” and “One Continuous Fight: The Retreat From Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863”will be signing his books.
Also, Dick HamiltonAuthor, “Oh Hast Thou Forgotten”,
Michigan Cavalry in the Civil War:
The Gettysburg Campaign
And much…much more!
Open to the Public.
No advance tickets required.