Women in Wartime: Stories from Gettysburg
Part of the Smithsonian's American Women's History Initiative
Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Women’s Memorial depicts Elizabeth Thorn, caretaker of Gettysburg's Evergreen Cemetery who buried 91 soldiers after the Battle of Gettysburg
Please Note: This tour has a rescheduled date (originally March 21, 2020).
They came from the neighboring Pennsylvania countryside and states as far away as Wisconsin. Many sought to learn the fate of husbands and family members, and others were drawn to provide solace to strangers. Their experiences amid the horrors of the Civil War’s bloodiest battle connected thousands of disparate women of all ages whose bravery and life-changing actions at Gettysburg are often overlooked by history.
Join author Chuck Raasch as he retells some of their compelling stories on the sites on which they unfolded at Gettysburg National Military Park. The tour also includes the Gettysburg Museum and Visitors Center, a screening of the film New Birth of Freedom, and a viewing of the historic Gettysburg Cyclorama, a fully restored version of the epic 19th century-painting, 377 feet in circumference. Lunch at a local restaurant is included.
Raasch is the author of Imperfect Union: A Father’s Search for His Son in the Aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Fringe stop at about 9:20 a.m.