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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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    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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    Geez, I'm only five feet tall!
     

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    It is with all due respect that I will not be able to attend this great battle in September due to the fact that my 50th high school reunion is on the same weekend as this battle engages. My wish for you is have a safe and fun experience and post a lot of photos. Stanley
     
  6. War Horse

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

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    Stanley you and Aretha will be missed. We will surely take many pictures and post them.
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    A Friday during the school year is bad for me, so I most probably won't be able to make the bus tour.

    I can do something on Saturday--I'm thinking Little Round Top.
     
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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 will talk. Even teachers get a day off. Just saying :smile:
     
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    @cash, I will have to take a personal day that Friday. I did last year too. It was hard to finagle sub plans that early in the year, but it was worth it.
     
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    I'll be taking the day off too.

    Ryan
     
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    Not when you're paid by the day.
     
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    cash Brev. Brig. Gen'l

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    I am the sub plan.
     
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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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    I know you're a good teacher. Somehow I feel your expertise will be appreciated more here that day!
     
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    cash Brev. Brig. Gen'l

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    But you're not going to replace the income for the day.
     
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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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    Sure we are. With more admiration and fellowship than money can buy :smile:
     
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    I'll ask the mortgage company if they'll take admiration and fellowship as payment. I'm not optimistic.
     
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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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    Lol, I understand. Let's plan a LRT tour for Saturday. Give me your thoughts when you have time.
     
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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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    Ryan, when you get a chance PM me your idea's for your tour. I'm sure it will be outstanding.
     
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    Alright. Just thought of this (and, full disclaimer, I might have a personal interest in this - kind of) . @Eric Wittenberg, would you be able to point out when and where the official Confederate reports for the battle were written with good enough data? We know that at least a few were out there on July 3rd - 5th?

    Just a totally selfish question :smile: that I am sure that does not make that much difference in the big picture. Looking for a certain needle in a haystack, that might or might not exist...
     
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    Will do, my friend. I've got a couple ideas kicking around.

    Ryan
     
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    Nearly all of them were written in August once the armies had returned to the Rappahannock River.
     
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    I added this to the post at the top, but you should have the ability to edit as well! just want to make sure the info doesn't get lost.
     
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