I will be attending the July 3 event in which approximately 200 mounted Confederate cavalry reenactors will be recreating a portion of Jeb Stuart’s ride to Gettysburg. There is an article in this June’s issue of Civil War News by Deborah Fitts, detailing most of the information. Here’s some from the article:
HANOVER, PA – On July 3 mounted troopers will reenact the famous ride of Confederate cavalry Jeb Stuart to Hanover 145 years ago, this time as a benefit for the Land Conservancy of Adams County.
About 200 cavalry and at least one field piece will participate. The cavalry will bivouac the night of July 2 on the grounds of the Union Mills homestead, a historic property in Union Mills, Md., 17 miles south of Gettysburg. The following morning visitors will be invited to join in a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 am.
Tickets for the all-you-can-eat breakfast, at $6 per person, will be available at the homestead. The meal will also include sausage, apple sauce, coffee and juice. More information is available from the homestead at (410) 848-2288. All proceeds from the breakfast will benefit Union Mills Homestead.
The troopers will depart the homestead at 9:30 am on July 3. Their route north will take them across the Pennsylvania border and the Mason-Dixon line. Instead of heading to downtown Hanover where Stuart engaged in battle, they will ride cross-country to the farm of Peter and Sharon Sheppard, who are ardent supporters of conservation.
The gates of the Sheppard farm will open to the public at 11 am on July 3. The property is located on Westminster Road near the Long Arm Reservoir. A battle reenactment is scheduled for 6 pm. Prior to the battle, ticket-holders may walk through the picketed camps in the woods above the battlefield and adjacent to the reservoir.
Tickets for the Sheppard farm reenactment are available from the Land Conservancy and may be purchased by calling (717) 334-2828 or by going online at LCACnet.org. All proceeds will benefit land preservation.
Admission is $10 for adults over 18, $5 for students 12 to 18, and free for children under 12. Advance ticket purchases are encouraged since tickets could be limited on the day of the event. The reenactment will be held rain or shine.
I will be watching the ride, which promises to be quite impressive, and will have the Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart’s Controversial Ride to Gettysburg signed book available at the Sheppard farm location. My coauthor on the Gettysburg retreat book One Continuous Fight, Mike Nugent, will be with me and we’ll have signed copies of that as well. Each book will feature a special book plate.
Please help support the Land Conservancy, which has saved some 5,300 historic acres in Adams County, and hope to see many of you there!