First Responders Weekend
|The kids are back to school, and autumn is quickly approaching. We are working diligently at the Wax Museum to offer you special events, promotions, and new products for the fall season! It is the perfect time of year to re-discover all we have to offer. |
Our living history programming on the weekends is a fun, and educational experience for the entire family! Do you have a student studying American history this year? Whether you are looking for an educational field trip, or supplies for a history project, we have exactly what you need!
Let us help you make the most out of your next visit to Gettysburg! Visit us at www.GettysburgMuseum.com!
The Staff and Management of the
American Civil War Museum Complex
|Remembering Col. Roy Smith - Plaque Presentation|
One of Gettysburg's most notable ambassadors, re-enactors,
and friend to everyone, will be remembered and honored during a Plaque
Presentation on Saturday, September 4 at 1:00 pm at the American Civil War
Museum Complex. Roy Smith, or as many
knew him as, the Colonel, took history, and the town of Gettysburg to
heart. He spent much of his free time
"enlisting" children into the army, greeting visitors to town, and traveling
all around the area sharing with others what Gettysburg had to offer. Roy was an avid Civil War reenactor for 25
years, and he made it his life's mission to pass on Civil War history to
everyone he met.
Col. Smith could be found throughout town sitting and
talking to visitors on a daily basis.
In memory of Col. Smith, four plaques will be presented to local
businesses to be placed on benches at each of their locations. Memorial benches will be placed at the
American Civil War Museum Complex, the Homefront General Store, the Regimental
Quartermaster, and Hunt's Battlefield Fries.
Saturday's program will include opening prayer by David Coe,
history and remembrances of Roy lead by Chaplain Rene Kinard and Kirk Davis,
and music by Rommi Kinard. The audience is welcome to participate in the event,
offering their memories of Col. Smith.
The event will be held on the grounds of the American Civil
War Museum Complex located at 297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA, 17325.
|Join us for First Friday!|
It's 1st and 10!Wear your favorite football team apparel and receive 10% off your purchase.
(Valid all day Sept 3rd only) Earn an Extra Point!Wear team gear that corresponds with the same team as one of our staff members,
receive free admission into the wax museum for your entire party.
day Sept 3 only)
The first Friday of every month Gettysburg merchants open their doors to locals and visitors for "First Friday, Gettysburg Style"! Participating stores offer specials, discounts, coupons and more! The Gettysburg Area Retail Merchant's Association (GARMA) offers a grand prize for one lucky First Friday patron. There is something for everyone in Gettysburg! Come take a look! Visit gettysburgretailmerchants.com for more information!
|Book Signing - JD Petruzzi & Steven Stanley|
Meet authors JD Petruzzi and Steven Stanley Saturday, September 4 from 11 am - 1 pm at the Gettysburg Gift Center. They will be available to talk to visitors and autograph copies of their book, "The Complete Gettysburg Guide". |
In addition to their book, they recently released an audio driving tour that is a companion to "The Complete Gettysburg Guide". The audio tour starts you where the first shot was fired at the Battle of Gettysburg, and then takes you through the events of the three days of battle.
The book, audio driving tour, and other books by JD Petruzzi are available by visiting the Gift Center at www.GettysburgMuseum.com! Books are available for pre-sale, and can be personalized and shipped after the event.
|Honoring our First Responders|
The American Civil War Museum will honor our First Responders the weekend of September 10 - 12. All first responders, including police, firefighters, and EMTs will receive complimentary admission to the museum when they show their membership card.
There will be additional promotions throughout Gettysburg for first responders. For more information please visit the Eisenhower Hotel at www.eisenhower.com
Don't forget to visit the Gettysburg Gift Center located in the lobby of the American Civil War Museum! We're more than Civil War! Our selection of first responder merchandise will surprise you!
Whether you are looking for belt buckles or knives, or even scrap-booking materials, the Gettysburg Gift Center has gifts and collectibles that will make any first responder happy!
For more products, make sure to visit us online at www.GettysburgMuseum.com!
|"Lincoln's Guard at Gettysburg" by John B. Horner|
month, our guest writer is John B. Horner, author/historian from Gettysburg.
Mr. Horner has written five books collected in a set entitled
"Gettysburg Personalities of the Civil War Series" The main
character(s) in each book has a Gettysburg connection and a Civil War
commection. They are: Jimmy At Gettysburg(1992) Captain John Sachs:His Long
Road Back To Gettysburg(1993), Sgt. Hugh Paxton Bigham:Lincoln's Guard At
Gettysburg(1994), Essential To a Nation's Life:The Story of Drs. Charles and
Robert Horner of Gettysburg(1997) and Lincoln's Songbird(1999). Mr. Horner
lives in the ancestral home of his family in a house which was built by his g-g
grandfather in 1819, on property which has been in the Horner family since
SGT. HUGH PAXTON BIGHAM:LINCOLN'S GUARD AT GETTYSBURG
There are definite
advantages in being "the right person in the right place at the right time"
Such was the case with Sgt. Hugh Paxton Bigham.
Sgt. Bigham was a
farm boy, reared within a few miles of Gettysburg. On June 16, 1863, he
enlisted in an independent Cavalry Unit, Co. B., which was eventually merged
into the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry and Bigham became 1st
Sgt. or Orderly Sgt. of Capt. Robert Bell's Co. B. It was the duty of his unit
to scout the area around Gettysburg before the Battle to watch for approaching
Confederate troops from the south. His unit was not involved in the Battle as
they were at that time stationed at Columbia, Pa., in the lower Susquehanna.
After the Battle,
Sgt. Bigham's unit was stationed near Chambersburg, Pa., and prior to Nov. 19,
1863, Sgt. Bigham and a small contingent of Cavalry was assigned to assist with
the dedication of the Soldier's
National Cemetery in Gettysburg, the venue for Abraham Lincoln's famous
Bigham was at the
Gettysburg Train Station on Nov. 18, when Lincoln arrived by train from
Washington by way of Hanover Junction, and escorted the 16th
President to the Wills House on the "diamond", or town center, where he was to
stay the night at the home of Attorney David Wills. Sgt Bigham stood guard
outside the second floor bedroom where the President was putting the "finishing
touches" on his famous speech.
evening, a telegram from Washington was delivered to the Wills House. According
to his own words, Sgt, Bigham gently tapped on the President's bedroom door,
and when the President came to the door, Sgt, Bigham handed him the telegram.
The President hastily read through the dispatch and then resumed his seat at
the desk where he was working on his speech, leaving the bedroom door ajar.
After reading the wire more carefully, he returned to the partly open door and
said to Sgt. Bigham as though speaking to a close friend or confidant," Guard,
this message brings me good news. I was not sure I could come to Gettysburg
because my son, Tad, was seriously ill in the White House. He improved the day before I left Washington
and this dispatch tells me he is very much better. Thank God for this news. I
can rest better tonight".
Later in the
evening, around 11:00, the president was satisfied with the revisions to his
speech, but wanted to check several details with his Secretary of State, Seward,
who was staying next door at the Robert Harper House. During the time they were
at the Harper House, The National Union Musical Association, more popularly
known as The Baltimore Glee Club, under the direction of Wilson G. Horner,
asked permission to serenade the President, which they did. By this time, a
large crowd had gathered. Upon leaving the Harper House, the President said to
his Guard," I want to go back to my room
now. You clear the way and I will hold onto your coattails". By this
method, they made their way back to the Wills House.
The next day, Nov.
19, Sgt. Bigham was the head of a special detail guarding the President during
the parade to the Cemetery Dedication and was with him until the President's
train departed from the Gettysburg Station at about 7:00 that evening.
At the end of his
six-month enlistment, Sgt. Bigham opted out of the service as he had developed
a fever. He did, however, pay another man $300 to take his place, a common
practice during the Civil War.
He was truly, the
"right person in the right place at the right time".
|Honoring our Military Heroes!|
The American Civil War Museum will honor our military service men and women November 11 - 14. All veterans, active duty, reservist and their families will receive complimentary admission to the wax museum when they show their military ID.|
There will be special promotions taking place throughout Gettysburg for military members. For additional information, please visit the Eisenhower Hotel website at www.eisenhower.com
|Mark Your Calendar!|
There are a number of events taking place at the American Civil War Museum and throughout the town of Gettysburg. Make sure you mark your calendar!|
September 4 - 6 - 21st PA Cavalry Living History at the American Civil War Museum Complex. Visit www.GettysburgMuseum.com for more details!
September 11 & 12 - Gilmors Rangers Living History. Visit www.GettysburgMuseum.com for more details.
September 10 - 12 - First Responders Weekend - Free admission to first responders at the American Civil War Museum!
September 18 & 19 - 55th Virginia Living History at the American Civil War Museum Complex. Visit www.GettysburgMuseum.com for more details.
September 18 & 19 - World War II Living History Weekend at Eisenhower Historical Site.
September 22 - David Wills House lecture series. Topic: President Abraham Lincoln's handling of the press and censorship during the Civil War. For more details, visit
September 25 & 26 - 149th PVI Living History at the American Civil War Museum Complex. Visit www.GettysburgMuseum.com for more details.
October 2 & 3 - National Apple Harvest Festival. Visit www.appleharvest.com for details and a complete schedule!
October 9 & 10 - National Apple Harvest Festival. Visit www.appleharvest.com for details and a complete schedule!
October 16 & 17 - 16th PA Vol. Inf. Co. G Living History at the American Civil War Museum. Visit www.GettysburgMuseum.com for more details.
October 30 & 31 - 55th Virginia Living History at the American Civil War Museum Complex. Visit www.GettysburgMuseum.com for more details.
November 11 - 14 - Military Heroes Weekend - Complimentary admission to military members and their families at the American Civil War Museum!
November 20 & 21 - Civil War Heritage Foundation Living History at the American Civil War Museum Complex. Visit www.GettysburgMuseum.com for more details.
November 20 - Remembrance Day. Parade, ceremonies and special events throughout town.
December 9 - David Wills House lecture series. Topic: Elections of 1860: Lincoln & Davis Administrations. For more details, visit www.davidwillshouse.org
Candlelight at Christ Church - Saturday evenings beginning June 19. Music begins at 7:30 pm, followed by the program at 8:00 pm. For more details, visit www.candlelightatchrist.org
For a detailed list of events taking place in Gettysburg, visit the Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.gettysburg.travel!
|The weather is great, tons of special events and promotions, and fewer crowds...so what are you waiting for? Make Gettysburg your next travel destination! We can't wait to see you!|
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