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Gettysburg Heritage Center to host numerous authors as part of the 158th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

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The 158th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg will bring several authors to the Gettysburg Heritage Center for presentations and book signings.  Notable authors, such as Dr. Bradley Gottfried, Tom McMillan, Kent Masterson Brown, Jim Hessler, Jared Frederick & Erik Dorr will be among those in attendance. Book talks followed by signings will take place Friday, July 2nd.  Additional book signings will take place throughout the July 1-6, 2021, Anniversary weekend.

Many of the authors attending have newly released books, and this will be one of the first opportunities for guests to purchase a copy and get it personalized by the author. Tom McMillan’s book, “Armistead and Hancock: Behind the Gettysburg Legend of Two Friends at the Turning Point of the Civil War”, is due to be released on July 15th, but copies will be available at the Heritage Center. In this deeply researched book, Tom sets the record straight. In a war of brother versus brother, theirs has become the most famous broken friendship: Union general Winfield Scott Hancock and Confederate general Lewis Armistead. Even if their relationship was not as close as the legend has it, Hancock and Armistead knew each other well before the Civil War.

Newly released, “Meade at Gettysburg: A Study in Command”, by Kent Masterson Brown, looks at Meade’s leadership during the Battle, and highlights how Meade’s rapid advance of the army to Gettysburg on July 1, his tactical control and coordination of the army in the desperate fighting on July 2, and his determination to hold his positions on July 3 insured victory.

Book talks will take place on Friday, July 2nd beginning at 2 pm. Presentations will take place each hour until 6 pm with signings following immediately after each presentation. CSPAN will cover the talks and will air at a later date. All book presentations are free and open to the public, and due to limited capacity, seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Orders for books can be placed by visiting www.GettysburgMuseum.com/events, or by calling 717-334-6245.

A complete, up-to-date schedule of events can be found by visiting the Gettysburg Heritage Center online at www.GettysburgMuseum.com.

The Gettysburg Heritage Center is operated by the non-profit, The Gettysburg Nature Alliance, and is located at 297 Steinwehr Ave., Gettysburg, PA. For additional information, visit www.GettysburgMuseum.com or call 717-334-6245.

Schedule of Events:


Book Signings To Occur Immediately Following Presentations

Friday, July 2nd

·         2:00:  Dr Bradley Gottfried

The Maps of the Cavalry at Gettysburg: An Atlas of Mounted Operations from Brandy Station Through Falling Waters, June 9 – July 14, 1863   

·         3:00:  Tom McMillan

“Armistead and Hancock: Behind the Gettysburg Legend.” Armistead and Hancock: Behind the Gettysburg Legend of Two Friends at the Turning Point of the Civil War

·         4:00:  Erik Dorr & Jared Frederick (WWII Topic – not Civil War presentation)

 Hang Tough: The WWII Letters and Artifacts of Major Dick Winters  

·         5:00:  James Hessler

 “Neutral Ground: Sickle, Meade & Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard.” 

·         6:00:  Kent Masterson Brown 

Meade at Gettysburg: A Study in Command (Civil War America)  

Book Signings

Thursday, July 1

·         12:00 – 2:45: Leon Reed

·         1:00 – 5:30: Marie LaPres

Friday, July 2nd

·         9:00 – 11:45: Linda Clark

·         9:00 – 11:45: James Rada

Saturday, July 3rd

·         9:00 – 11:45: Linda Clark

·         9:00 – 11:45: Adam Shefts

·         9:00 – 11:45: James & Suzanne Gindlesperger

·         12:00 – 2:45: James Rada

·         12:00 – 2:45: James Fritz

·         3:00 – 5:45: Mark Snell

·         4:00 – 8:00: Marie LaPres

Sunday, July 4th

·         12:00 – 2:45: James Fritz

·         4:00 – 7:00: Marie LaPres

Monday, July 5th

·         12:00 – 5:00: James Knights

Tuesday, July 6th

·         10:00 – 4:00:  James Knights

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