Last call

At the risk of sounding like I’m simply peddling books… I just wanted to let my readers know that if they’d like to secure a First Edition 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, please act quickly.  Especially if you’d like a personally signed first edition, or our Signed and Numbered Gettysburg Edition (limited to 75 copies).  The First Edition is just about gone, and I have very few in stock in the inventory we use to fulfill orders on our book website.  There are only a few of the Gettysburg Edition in stock (these feature a very cool special bookplate and are serial numbered).  If you’d like either, please go here to our website and use the secure online ordering system.  On many online discussions and during personal discussions, I’ve continually heard that the book is very hard to find on bookstore shelves, so the clock is ticking fast on when First Editions will be available. 

Terrific reviews of the book are beginning to show up on Amazon, and I’ve heard so many great comments since its release that Eric, Mike and I wish to thank everyone for their appreciation of the book!  What such positive comments mean to an author are difficult to put into words, and it is very inspiring when folks enjoy your work.

Published in: on July 14, 2008 at 3:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hanover reenactment Introduction

Since several folks have asked me for a copy of the text of the Introduction that I gave at the reenactment of the Battle of Hanover on July 3, I’ve reproduced it below.  I had written it out in long hand earlier in the week, and when I got home I typed it out.  Here ’tis.  Should I need to use it again, I’ll likely make some edits to it, but I think it gave the spectators a good overview of why Jeb Stuart’s and Judson Kilpatrick’s troopers met at Hanover on the morning of June 30, 1863, and how the battle began.  It goes into a teaser of the first scenario that was reenacted, and then I narrated the scenarios ad-lib.

Good evening, everyone. Or should I say – good morning.

Welcome to the morning of June 30, 1863.

For the next hour or so, we hope to take you back in time – 145 years ago when the very ground we are standing upon reverberated with the sounds of Civil War cavalry – thundering hoof beats, gunshots, slashing sabers, and the thunder of horse artillery.

On that warm summer day – June 30, 1863 – the very day before the three days of bloodletting at nearby Gettysburg would begin, the town of Hanover, Pennsylvania stood squarely in the middle of the planned lines of march of two opposing forces: 

  • The Federal 3rd Cavalry Division commanded by Brigadier General Judson Kilpatrick
  • And three brigades of Confederate cavalry commanded by Major General James Ewell Brown (Jeb) Stuart

Upon nearby fields and throughout the town of Hanover itself, famous commanders showed their mettle and tested the fortitude of their men – men such as:

  • Gen. Jeb Stuart, one of the most famous men in America in 1863
  • Gen. Fitz Lee, a nephew of Robert E. Lee 
  • Col. John Chambliss
  • Gen. Wade Hampton
  • Gen. Judson Kilpatrick
  • Gen. Elon Farnsworth, who would meet his final fate at Gettysburg on July 3
  • And Gen. George Armstrong Custer

To put the Battle of Hanover in perspective, and how and why these two forces clashed here, let’s take just a moment to talk about the context of how this day-long battle erupted – one that was the longest, largest, and bloodiest fight north of the Mason-Dixon Line other than Gettysburg itself.

During the third week of June, Jeb Stuart proposed to Robert E. Lee that Stuart be allowed to take his three best brigades of cavalry, and six pieces of crack horse artillery, and parallel the Confederate army’s advance north through Maryland and into Pennsylvania.

Lee approved the plan, and ordered Stuart to maintain contact with the right flank of his army, do all the damage possible to the Federals, and link up with one of the Southern corps somewhere near the State capital at Harrisburg.

On June 25, Stuart started his ride north out of Virginia, getting into two large skirmishes at Fairfax Court House, Virginia, and Westminster, Maryland, and captured 125 Federal wagons at Rockville before camping his brigades on the night of June 29 on the road stretching from Westminster to Union Mills, Maryland.

During that night, some of Stuart’s scouts brought word that a large Federal cavalry force was camped at Littlestown – the cavalry division of Judson Kilpatrick, 3500 troopers in all. Stuart led over 5000 troopers among his brigades.

Kilpatrick was young – 27 years old – and was only recently promoted to brigadier general. His two brigade commanders were likewise young. Elon Farnsworth was 25 years old, and commanded the 1st Vermont, 5th New York, 1st West Virginia, and 18th Pennsylvania cavalry regiments.

George Custer was only 23 years old, and commanded the “Wolverine Brigade” of Michigan cavalry, the 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th Michigan regiments.

To avoid Kilpatrick and continue his march north, Stuart enlisted the help of a teenage guide, Herbert Shriver of Union Mills, to show him the way to Hanover on the morning of June 30.

Unknown to Stuart, of course, was that Kilpatrick planned to also march to Hanover that same morning – and Kilpatrick was completely unaware of Stuart’s presence in the area.

About 6am on the morning of June 30, Custer passed through Hanover with two of his regiments – the 1st and 7th Michigan – and was in Abbottstown by about 8am.

By that time, the column of Farnsworth’s brigade, led by division leader Kilpatrick, had arrived in the town square in Hanover and were being fed by the local citizens. The regiment in the rear of the column, the green and inexperienced 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry, was strung out in a long line south of Hanover in the hamlet called “Mudtown” – locals know this area today at “Pennville.”

One of the rear guard patrols of the 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry, ordered to protect the rear of the column and guard against any surprise ambush by the enemy, was commanded by Captain Thaddeus Freeland. Freeland followed Kilpatrick’s main column a couple of miles behind, and took several side roads on both sides of the main road, watching for any signs of the enemy.

Freeland led his patrol off the main route, and took an old road which today is called Lovers Drive. This road is currently a closed, private road, located on land owned by our hosts, Peter and Sharon Sheppard. Upon entering a road known today as Narrow Road, Freeland soon unexpectedly ran upon a patrol of the Confederate 13th Virginia Cavalry, and this little confrontation touched off, and was the very first shots of, the day-long Battle of Hanover.

One young member of the 13th Virginia Cavalry was killed in a field along the road known as Dresher’s Field – the very first casualty of the battle.

This is the first scenario that is going to be reenacted for us.

Published in: on July 10, 2008 at 1:34 pm  Comments (2)  

Hanover battle reenactment raises $7,500 for Adams County Land Conservancy!

The following article is from the Hanover Evening Sun of July 8.  The July 3 Battle of Hanover reenactment, which I narrated and helped coordinate, raised $7,500 for the Adams County Land Conservancy.  The article estimates that over 700 folks attended, a terrific crowd.

The link to the article is here.

Battle of Hanover re-enactment raised $7,500

By PATTY POIST
Evening Sun Reporter

Article Launched: 07/08/2008 11:30:08 AM EDT

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Organizers of one the biggest re-enactments of the 145-year-old Battle of Hanover ever held here said they were delighted with the outcome and said they are looking for more of its kind in the future.

Last Thursday’s “living history” battle at the Sheppard farm south of town featured 200 re-enactors, from all across the country and as far as England and Germany, who re-created Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s delay in getting much-needed help to Gen. Robert E. Lee in Gettysburg.

Some historians contend the Hanover battle, though critical to the Civil War’s outcome, is often overshadowed by the Battle of Gettysburg.

The re-enactment not only gave the estimated 700 people who attended an up-close journey through Hanover’s past, but netted about $7,500 in proceeds to benefit the Land Conservancy of Adams County.

“I hope everyone had a good time,” said Sharon Sheppard, who along with her husband Peter, donated their property and time to the event. “After it was over, everyone had a smile on their face.”

Sheppard and her husband’s own ancestors played a key role in the June 30, 1863, battle and she said she was particularly pleased at the historical accuracy of the re-enactment, which started Wednesday with an encampment at Union Mills, Md.

The four-part 50-minute re-enactment was narrated by noted Civil War author J. David Petruzzi of Brockway.

“I think having the battle scene narrated with the element of historical accuracy made it a far more enjoyable product,” Sheppard said.

She attributed the event’s success to teamwork involving re-enactors, including Charlie Doutt, of Roaring Spring, Pa., who played an instrumental role in bringing the event to fruition. She also thanked Union Mills officials, vendors and local municipal officials who cooperated with the logistics, such as dealing with the traffic to ensure safety.

Re-enactors on horseback Thursday morning made a 10-mile trek to the Sheppard farm on a route close to the original.

Sheppard said she was also very grateful to landowners who allowed them to travel through their properties as they made their way to Hanover.

Mark Clowney, vice president of the Land Conservancy said his organization was “very proud” to be involved and thanked the volunteers who made it possible.

“We are new to the Civil War re-enactment world, but find that both conservationists and re-enactors have similar goals,” he said in an e-mail.

“We can respect them for their love of history and portraying an important part in our country’s past and they can respect us for trying to protect the land on which history took place.”

Contact Patty Poist at ppoist@eveningsun.com.

Published in: on July 9, 2008 at 11:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Wonderful time at Hanover Reenactment

Last week was simply a terrific week spent in Gettysburg, Hunterstown, and Hanover.  All the book signings went great, and everyone involved was very gracious to me.  Co-author Mike Nugent came to town on Tuesday, joining me at the signings at the Farnsworth House Bookstore and the American Civil War Museum.  I would like to take this post to talk about the awesome day spent at the reenactment of the Battle of Hanover on Thursday.

Event coordinator Captain Charlie Doutt of the 2nd US Cavalry reenactment group and I had been talking for several weeks about the event.  I was honored that he asked me to lay out the various scenarios for the 200 mounted cavalrymen and 6 cannons to do for the reenactment, and to narrate the event for them.  Wednesday evening, Mike and went to Union Mills following the monument dedication at Hunterstown, and had dinner with the men and officers of the various cavalry units that were there in camp.  I had laid out 4 different scenarios for the folks to do, and had previously drawn them out on heavy card stock with different colored pens.  Charlie had called an officers’ meeting for 8pm at the Mill, and we all gathered together to go over the scenarios.

The first was the initial skirmish between an advance patrol of the 13th VA Cavalry, and a rear patrol of the 18th PA Cavalry led by Capt. Thaddeus Freeland.  The second scenario was the skirmish between the 13th Va and another 18th PA patrol led by Lt. Henry Potter.  The third scenario was the all-out saber and pistol fighting in the streets of Hanover, and the final act was the dismounted fighting against Stuart’s line that ended the battle.

Charlie had given me over 200 troopers and horses, and 6 pieces of artillery to “play” with.  I was in heaven. :)

We spent nearly two hours going over all the scenarios in detail.  All of us, including the very able Darrell Markijohn (USV commander), worked out various ways to make all the scenarios fit.  The guys really knew their stuff, and we knew that when it came off, it was going to be one of the most historically accurate portrayals ever done.

On Thursday morning the 3rd, Mike and I met everyone back at Union Mills at 7:30 for breakfast.  They did terrific mounted maneuvers for the crowd there – this is the 2nd US, the 4th VA Black Horse, and others – the best in the business.  These guys and gals (yes, there are many lady riders – and they’re damn good!) know their stuff like no one else.  I couldn’t wait for that evening and the reenactment to begin.  About 9am they began marching in column for the 9-mile trip to Hanover, and Mike and I got in my truck to head to the battle site on a field owned by Peter and Sharon Sheppard.  Sharon, by the way, is a direct descendant of the Union Mills Shriver family, as well as the Gitts of Hanover, on whose land the initial skirmish of the battle began.  The reenactment field is only about a half mile from that site.

When we arrived at the field (which is next to the Long Arm Reservoir south of town), a nice 30×30 tent had been set up for us at the top of the rise overlooking the field, and in the middle of the area taped off for the spectators.  A technician was just setting up the PA system, with large speakers along both sides of the spectator area so folks could hear me.  Vendors had already started setting up, and Mike and I brought out our books and set it up at our signing table.  Throughout the day, we signed and sold quite a number of books.

The mounted column began arriving on the field around 1pm.  They were impressive indeed!  I was like a little kid, standing there transfixed watching them.  Around 4pm, Captain Charlie asked me to go over to the far side of the field to meet with the officers, maps in hand, to go over my scenarios just one more time.  As I left, Mike began doing a talk for the crowd on Civil War cavalry equipment, weapons, and tactics.

I met with the officers and we all went over the scenarios one by one.  I could tell that Darrell and the “boys” had it down pat.  They were ready, and so was I.

When I got back up to the tent, I caught the last part of Mike’s talk.  He had a crowd of at least 200 people around him, and they really enjoyed his talk and his answers to their questions.  Next time, we’ll set it up as an even more formal part of the event.  Mike really knows his stuff, and everyone learned a great deal – including me, I’m not afraid to say.

The great folks of the Adams County Land Conservancy did a little presentation about 5:30, and it’s wonderful that such a beneficial group benefitted from the proceeds of the event.  Those folks have saved an enormous amount of historic land for us and for posterity.  Shortly after they were done, I did a short talk for the crowd to thank the many folks responsible for the event – including Peter and Sharon, and all of the many cavalry and artillery units on the field.

About 5:50, I began a ten-minute introduction to the reenactment that I had written out beforehand.  It gave context to how the June 30, 1863 Battle of Hanover began, and how it fit into both Jeb Stuart’s ride to Pennsylvania and the Gettysburg Campaign.  When I was done – it was as if the timing was perfect.  The reenactors were ready to begin, and they started the first scenario.

As I narrated each part of the actions of each scenario, I was stunned how perfectly the reenactors executed them.  They followed my hand-drawn maps to a “T” (from memory) and the commanders had everyone in exactly the right place.  I shouldn’t have expected less, however – Charlie and Darrell are consummate professionals, and their troopers are amazing.  Besides doing historically accurate maneuvers, since the initial skirmishes involved only a few dozen troopers on either side, we had just the right amount of folks and horses to portray each event. 

During the main battle scenario, we had previously worked out that the reenactors would portray the bloody Hanover street fighting right in front of the crowd.  And I mean right in front of them – the folks sitting and standing up front literally got dirt and dust kicked on them from the horses’ hooves.  I had several dozen children sitting in front of my table under the tent, and I don’t think any of them blinked until the action was over.  They were all wide-eyed and full of smiles.  One lady, probably the mother of one or more of the children around here sitting on the ground, watched the action right in front of her and just let out a “Wow!”  The ground literally shook as the troopers rode back and forth just a few feet from the yellow safety tape, and I can still hear the noise and rush of air of it all.  Amazing, simply amazing.  The crowd was thoroughly entertained, and let out a thunderous applause after each scenario.

For the final act, Custer’s dismounted fighting, Steve Alexander portrayed a great Custer.  In full gaudy uniform, the crowd simply loved his portrayal.  He looked terrific out there, and it slipped everyone back in time 145 years for a moment.  I know it did for me.  The kids simply went wild.

When the battles were over, as best as I can recall from memory since my battle narrations were ad-lib, I said something like “For the honor, for the glory of the men of both sides – North and South – who fought here, all of them Americans and fighting for the cause they believed in, let’s give these reenactors, these true living historians, another round of applause!”  After an ovation that must have lasted nearly five minutes, I then called on the crowd to give the reenactors a cheer that we all love – three Huzzah’s.  The crowd of well over 500 people let out hearty cheers, and then all 200 troopers lined up in front of the crowd and gave the cheer back to them.

I couldn’t have been happier – for the troopers, artillerymen (who did an amazing job keeping up the earth-shattering booms that rattled everyone’s teeth!) and for the crowd that was able to watch such consumate professionals.  In this “business” of researching, writing, living history, reenacting – all of it – this was one of the niftiest days I’ve ever spent, bar none.  Folks, regardless of the main Gettysburg reenactment event, and whatever you’ve thought of past such events, you should come to the Hanover event next time it’s held.  You’ll enjoy it.

Mike was my right-hand man during the event, wired up with a walkie-talkie connected to the commanders on the field, making sure that everyone was in the right place at all times. 

After it was over, I was humbled by the many people who came up to me, thanking me for my narration and for all that they had learned.  They also couldn’t say enough wonderful things about the troopers.  Everyone was thoroughly entertained and had an awesome time.

Mike and I had dinner that evening with the troopers, and all of them expressed how it was such a terrific event.  Most of them had been to a lot of reenactments, and they told me that this one was the best.  They appreciated that I knew the battle history intimately in minute detail, and that I was able to answer all their questions about it.  Reenactors want to be confident that they’re working with a historian who knows his/her stuff, and having participated in mounted reenactments myself, I know that historical accuracy is the primary concern.  Several commanders told me that they’d work again with me any time, and that humbled me a great deal.  With folks that good, that dedicated, and that knowledgable, my job was the easiest of all.

The Hanover Evening Sun newspaper, which carried several articles about the event, called it a “winner” for the crowd and carried several stories about how much the young attendees enjoyed it.  They are truly our future, and I was so glad to see so many children in attendance.  I gave several of them a “special” place to watch the event right in front of my table where my equipment was set up, and they had front-row seats.  They also got a lot of dust kicked in their eyes, but they wouldn’t have traded their space for anything!

Below is a link to an article from the Sun covering the event.  In the next post, I will post the text of the Introduction that I gave that evening, since several folks wanted the text of it.  I want to take this opportunity to thank Charlie Doutt (event coordinator); Peter and Sharon Sheppard (land owners and hosts of the event); David House (2nd VA commander); Terry Treat (4th VA Black Horse); Bill Freuth (portraying Jeb Stuart); Steve Alexander (portraying George Custer); and Bruce Yealey (portraying Judson Kilpatrick).  You folks are the best, and thanks for letting this big kid have a whole hell of a lot of fun for a day.

Hanover Sun article

Published in: on July 8, 2008 at 12:12 am  Comments (2)  

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 (4)  

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, www.gettysburgretreat.com, 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.

Thanks!

Published in: on June 9, 2008 at 3:17 pm  Comments (1)  

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@jthg.org.

Jaime McClung

540.882.4929

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)  
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