Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides
241 Steinwehr Avenue
Attention Gettysburg history buffs! Join the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides for our 12th year of the “Walks Through History” series. Enjoy the sunset as Guides present and in-depth look at a particular aspect of the battle.
June 20, 2023 Evening Program
“Small but Mighty Delaware: The Jewel Among The States Contributes Its All To Save The Union” featuring LBG Mary Turk-Meena
The border state rarely mentioned with the reverence and importance of Maryland and Kentucky, Delaware was just as critical to the Union victory both at Gettysburg and throughout the Civil War. Taking its “First State” standing seriously, Delaware mustered in some of the earliest Union regiments and protected the important rail lines sending troops and supplies from the Northeast to Washington City early in the War. These early Delaware regiments contributed to the victory at Gettysburg as well as the Union efforts throughout the war. We’ll follow the important actions of the 1st Delaware Infantry and 2nd Delaware Infantry in some of the most pivotal spots on the battlefield: the Wheatfield, at the Bliss farm and along Cemetery Ridge. We’ll include the heroics of three Delawareans who were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions at Gettysburg. But the Delaware story doesn’t end there. Delaware’s mills provided more than 50% of the Union’s supply of critical black powder. It’s ship building industry rivaled that of Philadelphia. And we’ll follow the path of most Confederate prisoners taken at Gettysburg to Fort Delaware. How did some of these prisoners become human shields at Charleston?
Meeting Place: We meet at the corner of Sickles Avenue and DeTrobriand Avenue in the Wheatfield and willl walk to the Brooke Avenue line. Parking: Parking is prohibited along Ayers Avenue. Please either park along Sickles Ave in the middle of the Wheatfield or any other one-way road where you can safely park with all four wheels on the pavement and allow traffic to pass.
Cost is $35. Registration is required no later than 24hrs in advance. We cannot take payment on the field.