Six days in Gettysburg

This Friday, June 27 (after playing in a golf tournament in Ligonier Pa!) I’ll be heading to Gettysburg for six days of intense activity.  Beginning at 10am on Saturday, I’ll be signing books at the Butternut&Blue table at the Gettysburg Relic and Book Show at the All-Star Complex.  There will be several of us Savas-Beatie authors there. 

On Sunday, I will be meeting Capt. Charlie Doutt of the 2nd US/9th VA Cavalry reenactment organization to go over the Battles of Hanover and Hunterstown Reenactment.  We’ll meet at the Sheppard Farm along the Long Arm Reservoir near Hanover, the site of the event.  I am narrating the reenactment, and we’ll be laying out the scenarios to synchronize everything.  It’ll be great to meet Charlie, who runs a terrific organization of living historians.

Monday will be a “free” day for me.  However, it will be full of “work” on the battlefield – I have a lot of work to do to prepare for some upcoming books, and also working with Steve Stanley for several map projects.  I’m glad to have a full day that will allow me to get a lot done around the battlefield.

Tuesday, July 1 will be a day full of book signings.  As it’s the first day of the anniversary of the battle, there will likely be pretty good visitation in and around town.  I have two signings at the Farnsworth House Bookstore on Baltimore Avenue – the first from 12 noon to 2pm, the second from 6pm to 8pm.  From 3pm to 5pm, I’ll be signing at the American Civil War Museum and Gift Center on Steinwehr Avenue. 

Wednesday, July 2 is the day of activites at Hunterstown, about 4 miles northeast of Gettysburg.  Beginning at 11am at the Tate Farm (owned by Hunterstown Preservation Society officers Roger and Laurie Harding) there will be the dedication of the new monument commemorating the July 2, 1863 cavalry battle of Hunterstown between Judson Kilpatrick’s forces and those of Wade Hampton.  There will be various presentations, including one by yours truly of the episode of Custer staffer Norvell Churchill helping his golden-haired commander out of a tight fix during the fight.  I will have a signing of both my books on the porch of the historic Jacob Grass hotel during the afternoon, and with me will be one of my co-authors on the One Continuous Fight book, Mike Nugent.  There will also be a walking tour of the battle, a pig roast at the Tate Farm, and a whole lot of other great stuff.  If anyone will be around I encourage you to come along.

That evening, Mike and I will head to Union Mills, Maryland, to the historic Union Mills (Shriver) homestead.  There we will meet up with Capt. Charlie Doutt and the cavalry/artillery reenactors. 

On the morning of Thursday, July 3, Mike and I will be at the pancake breakfast at Union Mills with the reenactors.  After that, the column of approximately 200 mounted cavalry and artillery will march the several miles to the Sheppard Farm near Hanover.  There, a large encampment will be set up.  When the battle reenactments begin in the early evening, I will be narrating the action for the spectators.  We’ll begin with a brief synopsis of Jeb Stuart’s ride into Pennsylvania to place the events in context, and the reenactors will be recreating the initial skirmish (of the morning of June 30, 1863) at the Gitt Farm that began the Hanover Battle.  The Sheppard Farm is on the very same ground, so the event will truly resonate with history!  Both the battle of Hanover and Hunterstown will be reenacted. 

Sometime very late that night, I’ll be packing up for the three-and-a-half hour drive home.  I need to get back for the Fourth of July festivities here at home – our hometown has a large celebration of the Fourth, plus a lot of family is coming here for the day.  Hopefully I’ll get some sleep sometime!

Below are important links for many of the various events over those days, and I hope to see many of my friends… plus make lots of new ones!

Stuart’s Ride to Gettysburg Reenactment Home Page
Capt. Charlie Doutt’s Updates for Stuart’s Ride event
Spectator Tickets for the Stuart’s Ride/Hanover event
Union Mills Homestead and map
Hunterstown Preservation Society Home Page
Hunterstown Schedule of Events

Farnsworth House Inn and Bookstore
American Civil War Museum/Gift Center Events

Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart’s Controversial Ride to Gettysburg
One Continuous Fight: The Retreat From Gettysburg and The Pursuit of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863

Published in: on June 25, 2008 at 9:54 am  Comments (7)  

Hanover and Hunterstown events, July 2-3

This morning I had the great pleasure of speaking with Capt. Charlie Doutt of the 2nd US/9th Va Cavalry reenactor unit.  Charlie is in charge of the ride/reenactment/living history of the “Stuart’s Ride to Gettysburg” event taking place at Union Mills MD and near Hanover PA this July 2 and 3.  Please see the unit’s webpage on the event here.  (Be sure to see Captain Charlie’s updates page here.)

Charlie is putting together three terrific reenactment scenarios for the July 3 event – the initial encounter at Gitt’s Mill between Jeb Stuart’s horsemen (the 13th Va Cavalry) and a rear guard of the 18th Pa Cavalry of Judson Kilpatrick’s division; the Battle of Hanover (June 30, 1863); and the Battle of Hunterstown (July 2, 1863).  I am very honored and humbled that Captain Charlie asked me to narrate the events for the crowd that day.  There will be a PA system set up for the narration so the spectators can easily hear and see everything.  The events will be taking place on the historic Sheppard Farm.  Be sure to see the website for details, and also my previous post on this event here for information on how to attend, how to get tickets, and the schedule.

On Saturday June 29, Captain Charlie and I will walk the Sheppard Farm grounds and set up the battle scenarios and coordinate the narration and action.  I’m very much looking forward to participating in the event.  Up to 200 mounted cavalrymen, as well as a few artillery pieces, are expected to be there – if you really want to be impressed by a top-notch, serious cavalry reenactment unit, please come and join us!

In addition, I’ve asked my buddy Mike Nugent, who will also be attending, to conduct some seminars at the cavalry encampment on cavalry equipment, weapons, tactics, etc.  Charlie and I will also be working out the details of that.  Mike, a former armored cavalry officer, is extremely knowledgable in these areas and spectators will get a world-class education about what made the mounted cavalry tick during the Civil War.

I’ll post more updates here soon, and please consider attending this event – the “boys” are sure to impress.


Published in: on June 11, 2008 at 9:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Have no fear – they’re on the way!

We had a fabulous time in Gettysburg this past weekend with all the books signings, seeing old friends and making lots of new ones.  I’ll post a complete wrap-up when I have more time.

I’m the “shipper” for all of the books ordered through our website,, as well as the personalized orders through Savas-Beatie’s site and the ones going to various retailers.  As I’ve had time today in the office, I’ve been coordinating all the orders – dozens and dozens of them – and preparing all the shipping.  All the books will be going out over the next couple days so folks won’t have to wait long.

For those waiting for their copy(ies), we hope you enjoy it when you’ve had a chance to read it!  Should anyone have any questions or comments about their order, just give me a comment here and it will be duly addressed.


Published in: on June 9, 2008 at 3:17 pm  Comments (2)  

Off to Gettysburg…

Tomorrow morning (Thursday) I’ll be heading off to Gettysburg to meet up with co-authors Eric and Mike.  We have several signings for our new book, One Continuous Fight on the retreat from Gettysburg, around town from Friday through Sunday.  Many friends will be in town and I look forward to seeing everyone again.  If you’ll be around, now is your chance to pick up a copy of the book, personally inscribed and signed by all three of us.  Here again is our schedule of signing locations:

Friday, June 6 – Myself, Eric Wittenberg, and Mike Nugent will have a special booksigning for members of the Gettysburg Discussion Group at their muster, in the meeting room of the Holiday Inn from 5:00pm to 6:15pm.  Special GDG bookplates will be included with each book.
Friday, June 6 – The three of us will have a talk and signing at Gettysburg’s Gallery 30 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.  30 York Street in Gettysburg, Pa.  This event is the National Release of our new book One Continuous Fight: The Retreat From Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863Each book will feature special book plates for the event.
Friday, June 6 – Special “Book and a Beer” signing with the three of us at the Reliance Mine Saloon on Steinwehr Avenue in Gettysburg, beginning at 9:00pm.  We’ll have copies of both Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart’s Controversial Ride to Gettysburg and One Continuous Fight.  Each book purchased will feature a special Reliance Mine bookplate.
Saturday, June 7 – The three of us will have a signing in the bookstore of the new Gettysburg Visitor Center from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  Taneytown Road, just south of the National Cemetery.
Saturday, June 7 – The three of us will have a signing at the Gettysburg Gift Center on Steinwehr Avenue in Gettysburg from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  Copies of both books available.
Saturday, June 7 – We’ll have an evening signing at the Farnsworth House Bookstore on Baltimore Street in Gettysburg from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.  Both books available.
Saturday, June 7 – We will again have a special signing at the Reliance Mine Saloon on Steinwehr Avenue in Gettysburg beginning at 9:00pm, with both books available and special bookplates.
Sunday, June 8 – Mike Nugent and I will have a book signing at the American History Store at the corner of Steinwehr and Baltimore avenues in Gettysburg from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

Published in: on June 4, 2008 at 10:18 am  Comments (1)  

Hunterstown Preservation Society Update

I received the following from Laurie Harding, President of the Hunterstown Preservation Society – very exciting news – and wanted to pass it along to my readers:

Congressman Platt’s office has made some contacts with the folks at “Journey Through Hallowed Grounds”….

For some that may not know…this heritage trail starts in Virginia…and was planning to end in Gettysburg.

Fortunately, after hearing that Hunterstown was included in the Gettysburg Campaign by the Dept.of the Interior (Sept ’06)…and that Hunterstown has made CWPT’s “Top 10 Endangered” battlefield list(March 08)…they were more than willing to extend the heritage trail 4 more miles north…to Hunterstown!

For some strange reason….Straban Township did not ok it….even though it will bring a great deal of monies to our area.

In two weeks, the folks from Journey will be in town to re-visit this plan to include Hunterstown.

Please help us here….by making your thoughts known…


The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership will be hosting a Public Meetings to discuss the Draft Corridor Management Plan.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend:

Adams County, PA: June 18th

Wednesday, June 18, 6:00 PM

Adams County Agricultural & Natural Resources Building 670 Old Harrisburg Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact

Jaime McClung


Thanks so much!

Published in: on June 4, 2008 at 10:09 am  Leave a Comment  

With apologies to Becky…

Tonite I got a call from my good friend Dave Moore of Gettysburg.  I’ve known Dave now for nearly 15 years, and he was one of the groomsmen at my wedding along with Eric, Mike Nugent, Steve Basic, and Dwayne Siskey.  Dave and his wife Carol’s home on Herr’s Ridge is generously offered as a base of operations for each of my visits to Gettysburg, and they both have been priceless friends to me.  Eric, Mike and I often stay there and Dave loves nothing more than to go battlefield stomping – wherever that battlefield may be.

The reason Dave called was because the cases of our new book One Continuous Fight: The Retreat From Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, July 4 14, 1863 arrived at his home today.  Since Eric, Mike and I are doing several book signings in town this weekend, our publisher Ted Savas had 800 of the books sent to Dave’s house.  There are 100 copies for each of us, and the rest are copies ordered by Gettysburg stores and the Visitor Center bookstore.  There are 67 cases of books in all.

Needless to say, that many cases takes up a lot of room in Dave’s garage.  The books arrived this afternoon by UPS, and the driver needed help from Carol unloading them because it was so much for one person to handle.  The UPS driver made the comment that he was glad he didn’t see any cops around, because his truck was seriously overweight for the roads he had to take!  The entire truck was taken up by this one order, and I guess his tires were quite flattened!  Hilarious.

Dave and Carol’s 16 year-old daughter Becky passed her driver test today, so Dave allowed her to drive the car back home later by herself and – since Dave didn’t know the books had arrived – Dave told Becky to pull the car in the garage to get some practice.  Apparently, when she put the garage door up, she had to call Dad that there was no room for her to get in there – it was all taken up by a “bunch of boxes”!

So, our apologies to Becky.  You will be able to pull in the garage once we get the books out this weekend.

Published in: on June 2, 2008 at 10:38 pm  Comments (4)  

“One Continuous Fight” order status

For those of you who have ordered either the regular or the Special Signed and Numbered Gettysburg Editions of One Continuous Fight from our website, I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that I will be mailing those orders out on Monday, June 9.  Eric, Mike and I will be in Gettysburg this Thursday through Sunday, and we will personally inscribe and sign them then.  I’ll bring them (as well as additional books for future orders) back with me and will send them out on Monday.

Published in: on June 2, 2008 at 9:37 am  Leave a Comment