Please join us on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the audiorum of the Lutheran Theological Seminary for "The Most Magnificent Battle-Field in the World": Gettysburg Visitation in the Postwar Era.

At the conclusion of the Civil War in the spring of 1865, the United States turned its attention toward a future void of old institutions and alive with the potential of a unified people. Yet even as they looked forward, many Americans could not help but peer rearward toward the events which took place in July 1863 on the blood-stained fields of Adams County. In the years immediately following the close of national hostilities, thousands of men, women, and children trekked to the site of the war’s costliest engagement, and became, in a sense, the first “modern” visitors to Gettysburg.

Join Codie Eash, Lead Visitor Services Assistant at the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum, as he discusses the timeline and legacy of Gettysburg visitation in the years immediately following the Civil War. Stories of the earliest preservation efforts, the first battlefield guides, the first monument dedications, visits by some of the war era’s most influential military and civic figures, and the first attempt at a Blue-Gray reunion are contained within this overlooked period—an epoch which set the stage, more than any other, for the Gettysburg we know today.


This program is free and open to the public thanks to the generous sponsorship from ACNB Bank.