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September to Remember 2017 Retreat From Gettysburg!

Discussion in 'The Civil War Traveler's Companion' started by War Horse, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. War Horse

    War Horse Captain Forum Host Silver Patron Trivia Game Winner Regtl. Quartermaster Gettysburg 2016 Member of the Year

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    July 24, 2017 Update

    Hotel Accommodations: 1863 Inn of Gettysburg. 20 room block for the following nights:
    Thursday Sept 28th, rate: $96.00
    Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Rate $138.00 per night.
    You must call 866-953-4483 to make your reservations and tell them you are with the group Civil War Talk. Online reservations will not receive the negotiated rate.
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    September to remember 2017

    Gettysburg tour schedule

    Thursday 9/28/2017

    6:00 pm: Social Gathering at the Reliance Mine Saloon. You never know who you may run into in this cool authentic looking underground atmosphere.


    Friday 9/29/2017

    Eric Wittenberg’s:

    One Continuous Fight: The retreat from Gettysburg and the pursuit of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1865.

    We will board a Wolf’s Bus Lines Motor Coach at 7:00 AM in the parking lot of “The 1863 Inn of Gettysburg. The tour includes numerous stops, including one at the Daniel Donnelly house on the Falling Waters Road, where we will see the site where J. Johnston Pettigrew received his mortal wound. The owner of the property, George Franks, will give us a personal tour of the property that not many get to see. The cost is $5.00 per person which will be built into the tour price.

    Our second to last stop will take us to Falling Waters. The old National Park Service road is not maintained at all, is in very poor condition, and is also quite steep. It is not for the faint of heart. Instead, and thanks to the kindness of the folks who run the place, we park on the grounds of the Potomac Rod and Gun Club and then walk down the C & O Canal towpath to the historic site. It's completely level, but it is about a mile walk. Anyone undertaking it needs to be capable of handling a mile-long walk.

    The cost will be based on the number of participants. No profit will be built into the cost of the trip. I will pay for the bus in advance. All we will do is divide the cost of the bus by the number of participants. Tip is not included.


    6:00 pm or as soon as we get back: Sit down Dinner. We have the second floor of O’Rorke’s reserved. Seats 30 + people and the food is out of this world.


    Saturday 9/30/2017

    9:00 AM till 11:00 AM: Al Mackey’s (Cash):

    "Did You Myth Me? The Real and Not So Real of Little Round Top"

    We will be at the Meet at the Sedgwick Equestrian Statue, near the corner of Wheatfield Road and Sedgwick Avenue. Buster, and Sergeant Tozier may come up during the tour.

    1:30 PM till 3:30 PM:

    "We Were Now Complete Masters of the Field":

    Ambrose Wright's Brigade on July 2nd, 1863, we will be following Wright's attack from Seminary Ridge, to the skirmish line, and the Georgians' attacks against the Union line on Cemetery Ridge.

    We will meet in the parking lot of the 1863 Inn of Gettysburg We will be walking from Seminary Ridge to Cemetery Ridge so we may have to have some people park near the High Water Mark and then carpool over to the Virginia Monument where we will start. That way no one has to walk back to Seminary Ridge when the tour is over.

    6:00 PM till 8:00 PM: E_Just_ E’s:

    "July 1st fighting and the Railroad Cut."

    The goal here is to look at what happened at various areas of the Railroad Cut in the first day of fighting from 7AM to 5PM or so. The official tour does not even mention the RC (likely because there is no good parking place for that) so I wanted to do justice. This is going to be a different type of tour, since will not be following armies (much) though the battlefield and look at clashes, but it will be more of 'what happened here' in 10 hours type of Tour.


    Sunday 10/1/ 2017

    Eric Wittenberg’s Tour of ECF:

    This tour will examine the confrontation between the Union Cavalry and the Confederate Cavalry on July 3, 1863 and forever put to rest the Carhart theory as pure myth in your minds forever. It’s a real eyeopener.



    This will conclude the organized events scheduled for our second September to Remember. Once again, the weekend has much promise of being the CW event of a lifetime. I hope you enjoy yourselves.

    Seats remaining for Fridays bus tour are:
    12

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    Our membership has been demanding (for lack of better words) a follow-up to last years "Let the Pilgrimage Begin" CWT reunion. Well all the pieces have come together. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to join @Eric Wittenberg on a bus tour from Gettysburg to Falling Waters ( Williamsport ) and retrace the steps of the Confederate army as they retreated after the devastating loss at Gettysburg. Learn why George Gordon Meade chose the route he decided upon and why the AOP seemed sluggish in its follow-up to the failed Pickett, Pettigrew, Trimble charge.

    This reunion will involve a bus tour departing Gettysburg on Friday Morning and lasting all day. We will stop and see for ourselves where the action took place. We will learn the pressures handed down to Meade which ultimately effected the performance of the AOP,

    This is a unique opportunity to explore an often forgot about chapter in the ACW with our own expert on the subject!

    The weekend will include accommodations, a group meal and bus tickets. We will require firm commitments as there will be an expense this time. I will keep it as low as possible. I'm truly excited about this opportunity and can't wait to see my friends again.

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    Big News Everyone. It looks like we have a date for our "Retreat from Gettysburg Tour" We also have some very exciting news about expenses.

    Date of the Tour: Friday September 29, 2017

    Tour Bus Company: Wolf Tour Lines: Cost will be based on number of attendee's. An approx. cost at this time is an incredibly inexpensive $30.00 per person. $30.00 for an entire day of history amongst friends. and experts :smile:

    Dinner: Above O'Rorkes Friday night

    Accommodations: 30 block of rooms at "The 1863 Inn of Gettysburg" Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

    We will meet at the Visitors Center Friday Morning. @Eric Wittenberg and I will determine the time we shall meet and what lot to meet in.

    We will depart early AM and return Friday evening. The tour will consist of multiple stops on our way to Williamsport. There will be a lunch stop.

    The late September date should also allow for some spectacular foliage scenery along the way.

    Eric Wittenberg has done a tremendous amount of research into The ANV and AOP actions following the battle. This is a tremendous opportunity to learn from an expert the activities of the AOP and ANV between July 4, 1863 and the arrival of Grant. To many times we jump from Gettysburg right to the Overland Campaign. There is a lot of action and history that took place immediately following the battle of Gettysburg and Grants arrival. If you haven't studied it in the past, you will be amazed at the movement of the two armies and the decisions made by each commander. It's simply fascinating.

    Please check you calendars and let me know if you would like to book a reservation. I will handle it the same way if did last September and build a spread sheet. We will need definite commitments. The largest charter bus holds up to 60 people.

    Any questions please feel free to ask.

    Here we go again :smile:
     
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  3. dlavin

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    Oh wow, what an opportunity! Is there a date by which commitment has be made and firm? Do you know which weekend in September yet? Understood if not. Its still early.

    I missed the opportunity last year, and this sounds like fun. Of course work, kids activities, etc...play a role for me.

    BTW...kudos to you for setting these events up again...
     
  4. Tom Elmore

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    I will attend, if it is held after 10 September.
     
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  5. War Horse

    War Horse Captain Forum Host Silver Patron Trivia Game Winner Regtl. Quartermaster Gettysburg 2016 Member of the Year

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    I am trying to hold off on firm dates until I get a sense what weekend will work the best for the majority. I will have to decide on a firm date soon as the tour bus company will require it.
     
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    gotcha...that first weekend is labor day,/last official weekend of the summer and selfishly my daughters bday is the 3rd, so after that is better for myself.
     
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    War Horse Captain Forum Host Silver Patron Trivia Game Winner Regtl. Quartermaster Gettysburg 2016 Member of the Year

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    We are already getting somewhere. After the 10th sounds like the beginning of a plan.
     
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    I can only tell all, take that chance! You will have the time of your lives! @War Horse will make it an unforgettable experience and the chance to see and learn from @Eric Wittenberg is worth every effort.
    Have so much fun and keep us all updated!
     
  9. War Horse

    War Horse Captain Forum Host Silver Patron Trivia Game Winner Regtl. Quartermaster Gettysburg 2016 Member of the Year

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    You are special. See you at Chickamauga 2018
     
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    Oh yes, I really do hope so!!!
    Must have a look at that thread now!!
     
  11. War Horse

    War Horse Captain Forum Host Silver Patron Trivia Game Winner Regtl. Quartermaster Gettysburg 2016 Member of the Year

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    Travelers companion. Nice touch! This is not a subject for general conversation? It's sure to get lost here!
     
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  12. MaryDee

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    I would dearly love to, but the same problems as last year apply--horrible (for me) flight schedules, not able to drive at night, not able to rent a car. . . . If it were the July 4 weekend (when my eldest son will be at the Gettysburg reenactment), I'd be able to do it because I'd have transportation (at least to the reenactment site; getting from there into Gettysburg might be an issue).
     
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    I hope by that time I will be relocated to Harrisburg or York because I would DEFINITELY like to get in on that!!!! :D
     
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    I will volunteer to keep bumping this thread when needed to keep it on the "home page" for the next few weeks.
     
  15. Jamieva

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    I'd love to go but already spent my money on VT/WVU football tickets for labor day weekend.
     
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    That should be a great game.
     
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    Cool! Count me in, Mike! Let me know if/when you need any help.
     
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    If Mike is organizing it, I am sure it will be great. A day with Eric would also be a treat. Unfortunately, I am heavily booked that month with a long speaking tour to GA, IN, IL and MI. My next book on August Willich will get me back to GA again, so maybe Chickamauga in '18.
     
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    Sounds like fun, will definitely try to make it
     
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    I promise that you will:

    1. See things you have never seen before;
    2. Go places you have never been before; and
    3. Will have an appreciation of the events during the retreat that you never had before.

    I do two or three retreat tours per year, folks. This is not something that I do every day. Your options for seeing these sites with me are pretty limited. It will be worth your time and money.

    And let me be VERY clear about this: The retreat tour covers 70+ miles of driving. There will be no car snakes, and cars following along behind will not be permitted. Either you join us on the bus, or you will not be permitted to join us at all.
     

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