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Lee's Retreat From Gettysburg





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After General Robert E. Lee shattered his army during three days of bloody fighting in Gettysburg, his Confederate forces began a long and painful retreat through the mountains of Maryland to the Potomac River, encumbered by endless wagonloads of wounded and supplies. Why didn't (or couldn't) Major General George G. Meade, flush with victory, attack what was left of the Army of Northern Virginia and finish it off? How could he let Lee slip away to fight another day?

If you have ever asked yourself these questions, you won't want to miss our spring field trip. We will follow the route of the Confederate army's retreat and will visit many wartime homes and properties affected by the Confederate army's travel both to and from the battlefield, as well as the locations of approximately a dozen skirmishes and battles. We will also visit Williamsport, MD where the Battle of Williamsport, also known as the Battle of Hagerstown or Failing Waters, as well as the river crossing into Northern Virginia, took place. Most of the roads we'll be traveling are the same ones the soldiers took during the campaign.

Suggested reading: One Continuous Fight; The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee's Army, July 414, 1863, by Eric J. Wittemberg, J. David Petruzzi, and Michael F. Nugent, Savas Beatie, 2011 (paperback), 544 pages.


 OUR GUIDE: J.D. Petruzzi is the author of many articles in magazines such as America's Civil War, Civil War Times, Gettysburg Magazine, Blue&Gray, and North and South. In addition, he is the author or co-author of the following books: The Complete Guide to Gettysburg, Plenty of Blame to Go Around, One Continuous Fight, The Gettysburg Campaign Numbers and Losses. He has also appeared on the History Channel, the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel, and PBS. He guided our Fall 2016 field trip to Gettysburg to visit the South and East Cavalry Battlefields, and is back by popular demand.


Price: $95.00 per person. Includes round-trip motor coach transportation from either Hummelstown Lower Dauphin High School (7:00 am departure) or Camp Hill Radisson Hotel (7:30 am departure), driver gratuity, lunch, and battlefield guide.


Registration Information

To register, complete the form below and mail to: Norm Daniels, Harrisburg CWRT, 500 Bonneymeade Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17111. Your $25.00 deposit will hold your seat with the balance due by March 21, 2018. Cancellations received before March 21, 2018 will receive a full refund. Cancellations after March 21 will receive a refund ONLY if the open seat(s) have been filled. Make check payable to: Harrisburg CWRT. Questions: contact Ricky Hollis at 717.805.7502 or email: or Steve Smith at 717.433.0209 or email:


Spring Registration Form and Trip Information




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