Watch the Gettysburg 148th Anniversary Battlewalks Online!

I’ve got some fun news for nonPennsylvania residents. Being originally from the Keystone State, I’ve had the opportunity to zip down to Gettysburg on weekends and for the anniversaries to take part in the Battle Walks. Usually, they’re two-three hours in length and cover a mile or two of ground (or more, if you’re with Ranger Troy Harmon). These tours cover a very specific aspect of the fighting. Some of my fondest memories of Gettysburg come from these tours.

I moved to Seattle, Washington in 2008, so my last Gettysburg Battlewalk was in 2007. Residents of Pennsylvania get the opportunity to watch them on PCN (Pennsylvania Cable Network), which usually broadcasts them the same day they’re recorded. If you don’t live in PA, however, you’re not out of luck.

PCN offers a live stream of their channel at their website. In past years, it was free, but this year they’re charging. I have mixed feelings about them charging, of course, but if it keeps them in business, I’m ultimately cool with it. There are three new tours airing each day and a slew of “reruns” from past years. Each day will cost you $10 and it’s only $25 for the whole 3-day package. They air July 1, 2 and 3 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

You can read more about it here, at the PCN site. The tours are actually being carried by Their page about it is here.

The tours this year are quite spectacular. You can read all about them at the Gettysburg Park site. (Click on the 2011 Anniversary Battlewalks, it’ll download a PDF file explaining each of the tours.

So which new tours am I most excited about?

Well, while all the tours are great, I am partial to any tour given by the duo of Gary Adelman and Tim Smith. They don’t really give tours about the battle, but about the history of the battlefield. They hit on old roads, old monuments, etc. I love that kind of stuff. Also, they’re fairly hilarious. Their tour airs on July 1st (the exact time is tough to nail down, as previous tours can bump back start times for other tours – to be on the safe side, let’s say 7pmish to 8pmish eastern time.

As for the second day, I’m going to have to go for John Archer’s Confederate Attack on East Cemetery Hill. It’s an often overlooked part of the battle. Honestly though, all three tours on this day are great.

The third day is, of course, Pickett’s Charge. That’s always fun in Gettysburg because you can choose which tour to attend. You could learn about the Union defenses, or be part of the Confederate “attack.” And while that is all pretty wonderful, I’m most looking forward to Troy Harman’s tour of *West* Cavalry field. That’s right, West. Most folks know about East Cavalry field where Stuart faced off against Custer, but this is the July third battle of Fairfield. I wish more than anything that I could be there in person. I usually try to tell myself that watching on TV is just as good, but, while I appreciate PNC, I’m really, really bummed that I can’t make this one.

Well, anyway, I hope that some of you can take the weekend off and veg out in front of the computer. Better yet, hook your computer up to the TV and watch it on full screen. That’s what I’m doing. I don’t plan to leave my TV room for three whole days. Wish me luck!

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8 thoughts on “Watch the Gettysburg 148th Anniversary Battlewalks Online!

  1. Fun! It’s a shame they’re charging, but I get it… Sad this kind of thing struggles while other crap is aired, but what are ya gonna do… Does PBS pick up any of the tours, or make a show that includes some of it? It seems right up WCNY’s alley.

    1. Nope, the productions are pretty ghetto (and I mean that in the nicest possible way). They don’t even bother editing them before they air. The cameraperson just sort of does it on the spot.

      The tour that’s over around noon airs at 6pm. It’s actually really impressive.

      It’s super low budget, but PCN *is* a nonprofit tv station. Sure, mostly it’s like Pennsylvania’s CSPAN, but they do show local sports and tours of other things. It’s quite an asset.

      I just wish I could be there in person.

  2. My audiobook of Civil War combat, “Chancellorsville and Gettysburg,” was released June 27 by The author, Abner Doubleday, commanded a division in the Army of the Potomac during these battles, and the book is written from his personal experience.

    All LibriVox audiobooks are **FREE**. If you’re an audiobook consumer and a Civil War buff, check it out! You can also grab my audiobooks of Doubleday’s “Reminiscences of Forts Moultrie and Sumter”, Beauregard’s report on the Battle of First Manassas, and John Singleton Mosby’s memoirs!

    1. Hi Mark! Thanks for the post. I’m actually a huge fan of audiobooks. The job I have allows for me to listen to them for about six hours a day. Needless to say, I read a LOT of books. I personally have to avoid Civil War books the best I can in fear of overload.

      That said, I may have already heard your recording of the Mosby Memoirs. I believe I’ll check out Beauregard’s report next.

      Thanks a bunch!

      1. Say Eric,
        I hope you know my buddy, Scott Mingus. He’s a Civil War author in York County and he writes a good blog as well.
        If you do Facebook, he’s there and he keeps a running commentary on Civil War topics going!

        1. He just released a book on Gordon in Pennsylvania. I’ll be using that here in a couple of years. I’ve always had a thing for Wrightsville.

  3. Thanks for this post. (Found it on twitter) I always want to know about talks on Gettysburg. My Great grandfather was a Union surgeon ( he was held at the Lutheran church for several days. I grew up reading his pocket journal. I live in the NW. Love to know how to get in touch with you.

    1. Thanks!

      A friend of mind (Michael Dreese) published a book on the Lutheran Seminary, it might have some fine info on it for you.

      I’ve got a contact page at the top(ish) of the blog. It’ll go right to me.


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