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August 28, 2014


Hancock’s Defense

Carol Reardon

August 28, 2014

In July 2013, we rallied on Seminary Ridge to discuss various elements of the Confederate perspective on the attack best known as “Pickett’s Charge.” This time we will view that grand event from the Union perspective. It’s high time we give “Hancock’s Defense” its due! After all, when George Pickett was asked why his grand assault failed, he astutely noted that he always believed that the Union Army did have something to do with it!

CarolReardonFor this field program, please park in the old Cyclorama Parking Lot—now designated as National Cemetery Parking Lot South—and gather at the Maryland monument. After an orientation around the flagpole—along with a bit of insight on why all of those I Corps monuments sit around the edges of the parking area—we will begin our walk down the west side of Hancock Avenue along the line of Brigadier General Alexander Hays’ division of Hancock’s II Corps, proceed south towards the Angle, and continue down the line of Brigadier General John Gibbon’s II Corps division. We will then explore the positions of the I Corps units on Gibbon’s left and explain their role in the repulse of the Confederate attack. As we circle back to the parking area, we will focus on the monuments on the east side of Hancock Avenue that mostly—but not always!— represent units sent in to reinforce the regiments that took the brunt of the Southern assault. We will end our walk back near the parking area. This will be a long but easy walk, with a lot of interesting stories along the way.

PickettsChargeBookCarol Reardon is the George Winfree Professor of American History and Scholar-in-Residence of the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State Univerity. She also has served as a visiting professor of military history at the United States Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Army War College. She recently concluded a four-year term as the president of the Society for Military History. Now a resident of Gettysburg, she is the author of a number of books and articles on the Civil War and other topics in military history. This field program is based largely on her award-winning Pickett’s Charge in History and Memory (1997) and on her most recent book, coauthored with Licensed Battlefield Guide Tom Vossler, A Field Guide to Gettysburg, just made available to the public in June 2013.

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First Doucette Achievement Award Winner Announced

The Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable presented the first winner of the Cal Doucette Achievement Award, and she is Joan Pore of Gettysburg. To see picture of the presentation at the April CWRT meeting, click here.


It’s hard to believe it’s already been one year since the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Happy 151st!

I just wanted to remind you all of a few things now that we are out in the field again for our summer programs. Our meetings start at 6:00 p.m. at different locations around the battlefield. If the weather looks inclement at our scheduled meeting time we will be moving the program indoors to the G.A.R. Hall. We will move the program indoors not only if there are thunderstorms/rain in the area, but also if the temperature is excessively hot and humid on the day of our program.

We won’t have to worry about either of these weather-related issues for our July meeting, as we will be enjoying “An Evening with the Painting” at the Cyclorama and Visitor’s Center. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to pre-register for this event!

For our August program we will be welcoming back Carol Reardon who will be presenting her program on Hancock’s Defense. We will be meeting at the old Cyclorama parking lot and gathering at the Maryland monument.

I hope you all are having a wonderful summer so far! See you out on the field!

- Kendra


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