Friday, August 3, 2007

Gettysburg battlewalks

I never come home from Gettysburg empty handed. In addition to a few books I also picked 5 of the Gettysburg battlewalks DvDs Produced by the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). These battlefield tours are conducted by Park Service historian/park rangers or licensed battlefield guide. I chose the DvDs that had tours conducted by historians/guides I was was familiar with. The programs run anywhere from one to two and a half hours. There are about 12 walks available for sale in Gettysburg that run in price from $15.99 to $25. The PCN website sells them for $25 and lists 89 different walks! Here is a link to PCN which also has a list of available Gettysburg book lectures.

The Herbst Woods tour pictured is conducted by Park Service Historian Scott Hartwig. This program is 2 hours and 25 minutes long and is an in depth coverage of the fighting that took place on that part of the field. Harwig is not only knowledgeable about the subject but also weaves a human element into his presentation.


Jason said...

Wow! I didn't realize they offered that many "walks"! Too bad you can't see who gave the tours. Hopefully the Farnsworth House will carry some of these "newer" titles in the future.

So, what you think of the ones you've seen?


Gary Dombrowski said...

So far I'd have to say they're pretty good. The 13th vermont one is a bit boring as they spent a lot of time trying to replicate the movements of the 13th using spectators and reenactors. I did go to the PCN website and there were some talks that listed the person giving the talks. Here are some of the ones I thought were probably the better ones.

147th NY Inf and 2nd ME battery 1:47 Scott Hartwig

Attack/repulse of Longstreet's assault 2:11 (2001) Scott Hartwig

Attack and repulse of Longstreet's assault 1:43 (2003) Eric Campbell

Awe inspiring confusion at Devil's Den 1:59 (2007) Eric Campbell

Barksdale's assault 1:36 (1998) Eric Campbell

I'm thinking that eventually PCN will have a full list of who gives what talk. If anything these talks help to fuel further interest in parts of the battle that some folks may not pay much attention too.