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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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    At the moment, a definite maybe.
     

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  5. Nathanb1

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    Come on! I want your wife to take me to the sewing class!!!!!!

    Oops. That was pretty expensive for you, wasn't it? :smile:
     
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    This time I am going to tell her I am going to a thrift mall by myself, and forget to mention the thrift mall is in Pennsylvania.
     
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    So I'm curious, @Eric Wittenberg -- not asking you to give away the game, but do you agree with this guy that Meade gets a bad rap on this whole deal? I know that you're big on busting Gettysburg myths....
     
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  8. Eric Wittenberg

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    That's pretty much the purpose of my Meade book.
     
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    Oh my gosh, I can't wait!! Sign me up! For the book, absolutely, and hopefully for the tour!
     
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    @War Horse, please count me in as a definite YES!
    My sister might also come -- hopefully I can let you know what she decides in the very near future.
     
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  11. War Horse

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    That's awesome news KF. I just returned the contract with the bus company and paid the deposit today. The bus will pick us up in the parking lot next door to the 1863 Hotel of Gettysburg where we have a block of rooms reserved under the name Civilwartalk. Welcome aboard!
     
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    Can't wait to meet all you guys! Eric is the only one I've had the privilege to meet so far, and I can sure vouch to everyone who might be thinking about going that he is one marvelously engaging speaker and teacher.

    Do I need to call the hotel and reserve my own room or are you going to wait until you have a full list and then reserve them all at once? I'm asking because my sister and I might arrive there a couple of days beforehand.
     
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    Thank you, ma'am. Much obliged.

    I look forward to seeing you again.
     
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    We will be making them individually. To get the group rate you have to call the hotel and tell them you are with the group Civil War Talk. I would suggest call asap. I have just added three to the group. It looks like numbers will not be a problem at this point. BTW, I agree with you, it's going to be a fascinating day.
     
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    Good news everyone @Tom Elmore and @KansasFreestater will be joining us on our bus tour to Williamsport. We are off to a very good start.

    Remember, please pm me with your commitment to join us as well as the names of any guests that will be joining you. We have a large bus and are already getting close to half capacity. Once we reach the magic number the math will work and we can make a final per person cost and take care of the tour bus company.

    That's only day one. We have battlefield tours to schedule and other fun events to plan.
     
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    This is sounding like a "hoot" of a good time! Only problem is I get Horribly car sick... so seat me next to @pamc153PA! She will put up with me!
     
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    Oh . . . kay. . .
     
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    @War Horse, I just got word that my sister, Sheryl, is a definite YES. So please add one more to the list!

    And @Nathanb1 and @James N., that also means you'll have one more Texan in the crowd!
    (Everybody else: Watch out! We may be approaching critical mass....)
     
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    Isn't that ironic for someone who drives for a living?

    Ryan
     
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    You found me out, Ryan! lol With my having a CDL maybe I should drive the bus... could cut down on the tour time by 2hrs and everyone would be car sick!
     
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    Got to think about. Done it 3 times with Eric already. One more won't hurt. I will wait a little longer and see how it goes here.
     
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    I was going to say--I remember that you'd been along with me at least once when we did this tour, Marshall. I can tell you that there will be a stop on this one that you probably haven't had previously, which is at the Donnelly house on Falling Waters Road, where Pettigrew fell.

    By the way, other than my long-suffering wife Susan, I can't think of anyone who's been on that tour with me more than three times. :smile:
     
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    Maybe I will drive behind the bus if @Frums is gonna drive.
     
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