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HISTORIC TOUR COMPANY
55 Steinwehr Avenue
GETTYSBURG, PA
717-334-8000
Our Classic Gettysburg
BATTLEFIELD
Tours
In Nice Weather
We Use Our Classic Buses
In Other Weather
We Use Our Modern Buses
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Modern 20-passenger coach
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We also offer Sidetrip Tours to: Local Wineries, Harpers Ferry National Historic Site and The Antietam National Battlefield as well as Evening Tours of the Town of Gettysburg.
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Premier Gettysburg Battlefield Tour: 2.5 Hours

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~ Classic 1936 Yellowstone Bus ~

We have a fleet of small classic buses, incuding two Yellowstone Buses, that we love to use for our battlefield tours. They are very comfortable touring vehicles and provide for an excellent experience as they seat approximately 15 passengers. Your tour in one of these vehicles is practically a private tour as you are part of such a small group.
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~ Modern Touring Bus ~

If the weather is not cooperating and conditions require something more modern, we use modern touring buses in place of our classic fleet. These modern buses seat 20 passengers comfortably and maintain the private touring experience of a small group that is so appealing.
We Offer Two Battlefield Tour Alternatives:

Premier Battlefield Tour - 2.5 Hours - $24.95

Battlefield Tour For Kids - Two Hours - $18

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The Gettysburg Batttlefield is much larger than most people expect, more than 10,000 acres, and it is criss-crossed by more than 40 miles of battlefield avenues. There are more than 1,450 monuments, markers and plaques on the field.

Our Gettysburg tours will give you a clear understanding of what happened here, why it happened here and why Gettysburg is so important in American history.

You'll see all the important places and you'll see them in a sequence that makes it much easier to understand everything.

Out tour begins at the base of Cemetery Hill, the single most important place at Gettysburg, and then proceeds up through town just as the first Union Cavalry forces did the day before the great battle began.

We then move west of town to Seminary Ridge and set the scene for the unfolding of the battle on McPherson's Ridge.

The Gettysburg Battlefield We move through Reynolds' Woods and across to the famous Railroad Cut for a look at Oak Hill and the valley beyond.

Then, it's back through town following the route of the Union retreat as they were forced to fall back through the town on the late afternoon on the first day of the battle. We'll pause for photos and questions at several places, including Pennsylvania Hall, site of the largest and prehaps the most famous field hospital site during the battle.

We then head for East Cemetery Hill, directly adjacent to the National Cemetery where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous "Gettysburg Address". Then it's south around the hill for an intermission restroom and refreshment break.

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Following our short intermission, we head out south of town for a look at the famous places of the second day of the great battle: Seminary Ridge, the Peach Orchard, Big Round Top, Little Round Top, the Wheatfield and others. We go right by Devil's Den on our way to Little Round Top where we then stop so you can get a close-up look at the place where many historians believe that the critical moment of the battle occurred and where Southern victory may just have occurred except for a five-minute delay on the part of a portion of the attacking Confederate infantry. The Gettysburg Battlefield

No one really knows how Devil's Den got it's name, but many believe it dates well before the battle when farmers were always careful to avoid the big snakes who took up residence among the giant boulders that are found here. The story has it that the toughest snake had his lair down under the rocks in a place that no one could ever find (or perhaps did not wish to enter) to root him out --- his den. The old snake was called "The Devil". Thus, "Devil's Den".

We then board up again after our stop at Little Round Top moving next through the Plum Run Valley, known as "The Valley of Death" for the horrific fighting that took place there.


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Our next destination is "The Wheatfield".

Many historians believe it to be the bloodiest single place in American history --- more than 18,000 soldiers fought back and forth across the field in just barely more than two hours on the battle's second day of fighting and the field is less than 20 acres in size.

More than 5,000 men were killed or wounded here and it was reported that you could have walked across the field after the fighting that day and not been able to touch the ground.

The Union line was very weak in this area as they had been stretched to cover more ground than they should have been.

This was the result of Gettysburg's most controversial figure, Major General Daniel Sickles, who, without authorization, moved his 11,000 men forward to an exposed and highly vulnerable position. Of course, that's not the way he would tell the story.

It was here that Colonel Edward Cross, commanding a brigade of Union troops who were rushed to this location to staunch an oncoming Confederate assault, had a premonition. The Colonel had always previously wrapped a red bandanna around his head when going into battle.

This day, he wore a black one.

His boss, General Winfield Hancock, told Cross that he would earn the star of a Brigadier General in the coming hours. Cross replied that, no, he was in fact fighting his last battle.

He was right.

Cross was mortally wounded leading his men into the fight.


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The Trostle Barn is one of Gettysburg's most famous places. You don't even have to look very closely at this image of the barn to see the big hole made by a Confederate artillery shell. Another shell that landed in this area hit a rock and bounced up to clip the leg of Union General Daniel Sickles, Gettysburg's most controversial figure.

Sickles was sitting on his horse just to the left of the barn as seen is this image and his leg was nearly ripped off (it was soon amputated by the Union surgeons) but he survived the grievous wound and went on to become one of the longest surviving Generals who fought here, living until 1914.

The General ordered the surgeons who amputated his shattered leg to preseve the limb and they did, reportedly placing it in a barrel of whiskey.


That method of preservation didn't work very well, however, so the General later had the bare shattered bones mounted in a display case. To this day, you can go see the General's leg in this display case at the U.S. Army Medical Museum in Washington, D.C.

A small monument marks the spot where Sickles was sitting atop his horse when the shell struck him.


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The Battle of Gettysburg had been raging for two days. Both Commanding Generals believed that momentum was on their side. Union General George Meade was holding the high ground of Cemetery Hill, Culp's Hill, Little Round Top.....and Cemetery Ridge.

General Robert E. Lee believed that his sledghammer attacks on the second day of the battle had come "this close" to breaking through the Union lines and, once again, defeating his opponents in blue.

He resolved to attack again on July 3, 1863. After a sharp and disagreeable consulation with one of his subordinates, General James Longstreet, Lee's initial plan of attacking both Union flanks simultaneously was abandoned and he formulated a new plan --- a frontal attack.

At 1pm on the afternoon of July 3, 1863, an artillery bombardment the likes of which had never been seen before, commenced across the fields just south of the town --- more than 300 cannons belching forth.

After two hours of nearly uninterrupted bombardment, the cannonade ended and an strange calm set in. It didn't last for long. Just after 3pm, long lines of Confederate infantry began to emerge from the woods along Seminary Ridge and move toward the Union lines along Cemetery Ridge one mile in front. There was no attempt at deception. The Confederate lines extended for nearly a mile from left to right and all were heading accross the field in an orderly, deliberate formation. Witnesses described the huge gray lines as moving like a slow-rolling tidal wave, flags flying in the gentle breeze, reginment bands playing "Dixie" as the wave swept across the open field.

This was "Pickett's Charge". The advancing gray lines were, it appears, focused on converging at a small gathering of trees which stood at the center of the Union line on Cemetery Ridge and which could be clearly seen by all, even through the smoke of battle. These trees, and their descendants which stand in the very same place today, will ever be known as "The Copse of Trees.

















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PREMIER BATTLEFIELD TOUR - 2.5 Hours

Departures: 10am - 12 noon - 2pm
Adult Fare: $24.95 - Youth Fare: $12 - Under Six: No Charge
FAMILY DISCOUNTS (10%) FOR FAMILIES OF FIVE OR MORE

FOR RESERVATIONS: CALL 717-334-8000

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For more great snippets about the Battlefield, take a look at Gettysburg Battlefield Places and Stories

Battlefield Tours for Kids: Two Hours

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BATTLEFIELD TOUR FOR KIDS - Two Hours

Departures: 10:30am and 2:30pm
Cost: $18 per person
No Charge For Kids Under Age Four
FAMILY DISCOUNTS (10%) FOR FAMILIES OF FIVE OR MORE

FOR RESERVATIONS: CALL 717-334-8000
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We offer a special tour designed for kids that is both fun and educational.

It's a great tour of the battlefield that is filled with exciting true stories about the battle and many of the men who lived through it (and some who didn't). We also include an extra stop with some special activities that help kids understand the "The Life of the Civil War Soldier".

This is a great American history tour for kids and adults alike. Battlefield Tour For Kids

We go to all the most important places on the battlefield, but we tell the story of the battle in a different way-------a way that catches kids' interest and holds their attention. Battlefield Tour For Kids

And.....no....we don't shoot any guns or cannons -- but we do show and talk about how the soldiers had to work together as a team to accomplish things and how they supported one another

We spend a little bit of time talking about what life was like back in 1863------everyday life for boys and girls and their parents------and, in a larger sense, the life of the country.

And, we tell the true stories of individual soldiers and their personal experiences at the Battle of Gettysburg. Kids absolutely love these great true stories. Battlefield Tour For Kids

Adults enjoy this tour every bit as much as kids and many large families like to ride on the tour even though there may be only one youngster in the group. The tour is designed to cater primarily to kids in the age six-to-fourteen group but truly appeals to "kids of all ages". Battlefield Tour For Kids

If you are coming to Gettysburg with your children or grandchildren or your nieces or nephews, this tour is positively the one you want them to take. .

Adults enjoy this tour every bit as much as kids and many large families like to ride on the tour even though there may be only one youngster in the group. The tour is designed to cater primarily to kids in the age six-to-fourteen group but truly appeals to "kids of all ages".


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We have a fleet of small classic buses that are superb touring vehicles offering terrific visibility, comfort and style. They are designed to seat from 14 to 17 passengers. You'll readily appreciate the benefits of riding along as part of a small group as your tour is much more an exclusive private excursion through the battlefield.

When the weather is not accommodating, we use small modern buses.

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