The 2017 Gettysburg National Military Park Seminar

A Contrast in Commanders: Meade, Lee, and Their Commands at Gettysburg


May 12-14, 2017

Presented by The National Park Service, Gettysburg National Military Park,
The Gettysburg Foundation, and the Harrisburg Area Community College
No two men could have been more different from each other. General Robert E. Lee, the gentleman general in command of the highly successful Army of Northern Virginia marched his army across the Potomac to that fateful destiny at Gettysburg. General George Gordon Meade, whose irascible temper and impatience with subordinates, directed his Army of the Potomac northward to intercept Lee and bring the southern army to battle, one that could decide whether the Union lived or died as a broken dream. Army commanders alone do not win a battle by giving orders but depend upon those who lead troops under them, from the highest general down to the most recently promoted colonel. At Gettysburg, officers on both sides excelled while others failed their commanders. The 2017 Gettysburg National Military Park Seminar will examine the leaders of both armies and their subordinates who made crucial decisions in judgment, leadership and ability, and those who failed their commanding officers with the consequences of their actions.

Seminar speakers will include park interpretive rangers, Dr. Jennifer Murray, University of Virginia-Wise Campus, Dr. Timothy Orr, Old Dominion University, and Mr. Garry Adelman, Civil War Trust and Licensed Battlefield Guide.

Cost: $90 per person.

How to Register

Preferred Option: Call the Gettysburg Foundation ticket office, toll free, at 877-874-2478.

You may also visit the Tickets page on the Gettysburg Foundation website. Once on the Tickets page, please follow these steps to register…

  1. Click the arrows on the calendar in the upper right corner of the page until you land on May, 2017.
  2. Once on May, 2017, click on May 12.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “Buy” button next to the “2017 GNMP Seminar.”

For lodging available in Gettysburg, visit the Destination Gettysburg website.

The Semi-annual Gettysburg National Military Park Seminar is sponsored by the National Park Service and the Gettysburg Foundation with support from the Harrisburg Area Community College-Gettysburg Campus.



5:30 – 7 pm: Preregistration at the Museum and Visitor Center.
7 pm: Welcome Remarks.
7:15 pm: Evening Lecture – “His Fame Is Enduring”: George Gordon Meade’s Leadership at Gettysburg – Dr. Jennifer Murray, University of Virginia at Wise.


Harrisburg Area Community College Campus, Gettysburg

7:30 – 8 am: Registration and Morning Refreshments.
8 – 8:15 am: Welcome and Introduction to Seminar Activities.
8:15 am: “The Shadow of Napoleon upon Lee at Gettysburg” – Chuck Teague, Gettysburg NMP.
9:15 am: “An Army Divided: Party Politics inside the Army of the Potomac.” – Dr. Timothy Orr, Old Dominion University.
10:15 – 10:30 am: Morning break.
10:30 am: “The Material Manifestations of Command; Artifacts of Gettysburg’s Generals” – R. Gregory Goodell, Gettysburg NMP.
11:30 am: “The Queen of Battles Holds Court on A Defensive Battlefield.” – Bert Barnett, Gettysburg NMP.

12:15 to 1:15 pm: Lunch (on your own).

Afternoon Field Programs

1:30 – 3 pm: “Home, Headquarters, Hallowed Ground: The Thompson Farm at Gettysburg” – Garry Adelman, Civil War Trust and Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides
Location: Lee’s Headquarters at Thompson Farm, Buford Avenue.
3:30 – 5:30 pm: “The Eye of the Storm- Meade and the Council of War” – Angie Atkinson, Gettysburg NMP.
Location: Meade’s Headquarters at Leister Farm, Taneytown Road.

Special Afternoon Tour (limited to 42 persons*)

How Active Was Robert E. Lee During the Battle? Finding the General at Gettysburg Troy Harman, Gettysburg NMP.
A ranger guided bus tour will leave from HACC Parking Lot at 1:30 pm sharp. (*There is an additional fee for this tour.)

Saturday Evening Reception

6 – 8:30 pm: Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station, 35 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg.

Come and enjoy history, art, music and fellowship with other seminar participants at the historic Lincoln Train Station! An evening picnic meal will be served with a cash bar featuring special drinks from local distillers(?) and music provided by the “Camptown Shakers”. There will also be a special exhibit of battlefield art by one of our participants in the Artist in residence Program at Gettysburg. (Participants should bring tickets and wear name badges for entry.)


Harrisburg Area Community College Campus, Gettysburg

8:30 – 9 am: Check in and Morning Refreshments.
9 – 10:30 am: The Best Staff in the Army: How James Longstreet Exercised command in the First Corps, Army of Northern Virginia.” – Karlton Smith, Gettysburg NMP.
10:30 – 10:45 am: Break.
10:45 – 11:45 am: “A Lapse in Command: A.P. Hill at Gettysburg.” – Matt Atkinson, Gettysburg NMP.
11:45 – 12 pm: Closing Remarks.

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1 Response to The 2017 Gettysburg National Military Park Seminar

  1. Hal Breitling says:

    I have immensely enjoyed Mr. Atkinson’s YouTube virtual Gettysburg Battlefield tours. His breath of knowledge combined with Shelby Foote style anecdotes and a touch here and there of his folksy humor really make his presentations quite captivating. I believe the old boys of the Blue and the Gray would be very much honored by the work Mr. Atkinson is doing. Mr. Atkinson incorporation of young folks as visual aids/props to provide an unambiguous picture of events as they unfolded in a particular sector in the field of combat is a wonderful device. Children always appear to be more attentive and more receptive when actively engaged. I know the adults in Mr. Atkinson’s tour have to be grateful for really making the affair both educational and enjoyable for everyone.

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