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