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shumyum
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My father and brother will be visiting Gettysburg this Saturday for one day only (but it will be the full day). I have some general knowledge of the battle (thanks to wargaming and some reading), but my father and brother not so much (although they have both read Killer Angels).

So what should be our plan of action? Also, what do you all recommend as good internet resources (I am travelling this week, so it will be difficult for me to access a library or large bookstore).

Thanks!
 
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when I went two years ago what i brought along was this book:
http://www.amazon.com/Gettysburg-Battlefield-Hallowed-Ground...

i thought it was a great overview and roughly follows the events chronologically. I had about an afternoon with wife and sick 1 year old in tow so didnt get as much detail as i would have liked but i highly recommend it. I also know that Jeff Shaara (the son) recently published a civil war battlefield guide but havent looked into that much.
 
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Justin Redd
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I used to live in Gettysburg. Using my experience, I've made you a list.

Things to do in Gettysburg:

d10-1 The battlefield. There are many ways to tour the battlefield. You can hire a tour guide for the day from the Park Service. Or you can purchase a cassette or CD audio tour to play in your car. Both of these tours can be arranged/purchased at the visitor center. If you just want to see "the best" parts of the battlefield, then visit Little Round Top (great view), Devil's Den (great rocks), Big Round Top (nice little hiking trail there) and Pickett's Charge and the High Water Mark (starting and ending points of Pickett's Charge).

Associated with the battlefied is the Cyclorama Center, which houses a giant circular painting of the battle. This is worth checking out.

d10-2 Ghost tours. Gettysburg has developed a side industry of ghost tours around town. There are two or three businesses that give walking tours around town and tell stories of various ghosts.

d10-3 The College. Gettysburg College has a very pretty campus.

d10-4 Food and Drink. The Blue Parrot on Chambersburg St about 1/2 block west of the square serves gourmet dinners. Later in the evening it becomes a fun place to get a drink and chat with locals. There's a decent Chinese restaurant on Baltimore St about 1/2 block north of the square. I've forgotten the name, but the location is easy to find. I've also forgotten the name of the great Mexican food restaurant in town, but it's in a Shopping Center on Chambersburg St three blocks west of the square. Look for a Dollar Store and you've found the right Shopping Center. And if you find you want a hot dog, Ernie's Texas Lunch, also on Chambersburg Street one block west of the square, is the place to go.

d10-5 Gaming! Our very own yossarians lives in Gettysburg. I think Saturday is his game day. The last time I was in town (2002), he introduced me to Serenissima and Twilight Imperium 2nd Edition.
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I'd go with a staff ride approach. If you want to know more about staff rides--go to http://www.dean.usma.edu/HISTORY/web03/staff_rides/sret%20pa...

For a Gettysburg staff ride: an older one: http://www.usm.edu/armyrotc/gettysburg/Gettysburg%20Staff%20...

More about a staff ride at Gettysburg:

http://www.almc.army.mil/ALOG/issues/NovDec00/MS608.htm

See some of the additional reading comments in some of these documents.

Hope this helps!
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Sounds like a cool trip, I'd like to hear how it went when you get back.
 
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THANKS everyone. Those staff rides look cool and the Blue Parrot sounds like a perfect place to drink/eat. I don't think I'll be able to get away for gaming, but you never know.

It's part of a weekend trip that also involves seeing Cubs-Phillies games Friday night and Sunday. My dad has an old college buddy involved in the radio broadcast so we might be able to visit the booth. I'm very much looking forward to seeing the new stadium (although my brother and I will be rooting for the Cubbies (much to the consternation of my dad)).
 
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Justin pretty much hit the nail on the head, but I'll chime in on a couple points.

The Gettysburg welcome center has some pretty good info and a short overview of the battle. http://www.gettysbg.com/battle.shtml

More comprehensive material can be found here:

http://www.civilwarhome.com/gettysbu.htm

http://www.nps.gov/archive/gett/home.htm

http://www.army.mil/gettysburg/flash.html
(I like this one)

Ghost tours are jive. Just my opinion.

Lupita's (the mexican place) is gone, but another has taken it's place. It's not as jazzy as Lupita's was, but still has good food.

Ping's is the Chinese place, and it's great. The Blue Parrot is cool (I had dinner there last night!) but can sometimes be a pain. Something seems to be going on at the College this week (last week of class?), and a lot of parents have been around. This can make the Parrot a nightmare. Try the Plaza on the square - I can recommend the crab cakes, steamed shrimp and Filet Mignon as some of the best in town. The restaurant is a little homely but it's good.

Hiring a guide can be a great experience, or it can be lame as hell. It's all going to depend on who you get: history geeks can be as lacking in social graces as any other type of geek.

http://www.gettysburgtourguides.org/index.html

I've always recommended the audio tour as a good way to get some info in while doing things at your own pace. The civilian tours of town can be interesting. I've heard that http://www.shriverhouse.org/ is a really neat experience; haven't been there myself.


If you have time, head up to the mountains west of town. I was up in Orrtanna this morning, and it is beautiful this time of year. Lots of orchards and hills.

Game day is sunday, called on account of mother's day this week I'm afraid. I may try to get something together Sat. pm, feel free to drop me a line.

Sorry, I blathered on a little more than I meant to
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