Living History on the Battlefield

April 1 marks the opening of the Gettysburg Battlefield for summer hours and for special ranger led programs and living history encampments.  The weekly encampments are perhaps the best kept secret of an in season visit to Gettysburg because every weekend from April through November there are several (usually 3) units of reenactors camped throughout the Battlefield.  Sometimes an artillery unit will be offering firing demonstrations.  Other times a Confederate group will be camped by Spangler Spring and will invite visitors to sit at evening campfire with them.  The schedule changes weekly and is posted on the national park website and at the visitor's center.  Before arriving for your visit, check out to find the details for the weekend you will be here. 

Normally the groups occupy McMillan's Woods, the PA Monument and Spangler Springs but there are also reenactors by Meade's headquarters occasionally.  All these units have been screened by National Park Service and are held to high standards of quality in their portrayal as Civil War soldiers.  These presenters consider it an honor to be allowed on the hallowed ground and will make your visit even more memorable.  Ask Eileen to help you plan your weekend stay because there is enough to keep you busy for a week!!!

Eileen Hoover