Civil War Historians Carol Reardon, Eric Wittenberg, Ted Alexander, Wayne Motts, Ed Bearss and Jeff Wert.

July 24-29 Roads to Gettysburg

July 24-29, 2018 – “Roads to Gettysburg: Brandy Station & Second Winchester” based in Chambersburg, Pa Va.


Click here for the brochure and pricing: Roads to Gettysburg Brochure

Featuring Eric Wittenberg, J.D. Petruzzi, Jerry Holsworth, Steve French, Jeffrey Wert, & others.

We will follow the Blue and Gray on their roads to Gettysburg. Tour the decisive battle ground of Brandy Station, where J.E.B. Stuart and his horsemen battled the Yankees in the largest cavalry action in North America. Also touring the newly restored Second Winchester battlefield where Confederates opened the gates of the great Valley for the invasion of Pennsylvania. Bonus tours will include Aldie, Upperville, Middleburg, and Mosby’s Confederacy. Conference based in Chambersburg, Pa. 

Tuesday, July 24

7 p.m. Evening Sessions at Hampton Inn

  • Logistical Challenges Confronting the Union Cavalry Corps in the Gettysburg Campaign – Bob O’Neill
  • An insightful examination of an often overlooked topic.

Wednesday, July 25

Breakfast at Hampton Inn (avail. 6 – 10 a.m.)

7:30a.m. – 6p.m. “Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville: Stuart Moves Forward” bus & walking tour led by Bob O’Neill

  • Bus leaves from Hampton Inn
  • Lunch included
  • Dinner on your own

Bus Tour Description:

Today we will travel in the footsteps and hoofprints of the early actions of the campaign.

Sites to visit:

  • Furr Farm of the main action at Aldie on June 17, 1863
  • Mount Defiance – a new park site which encompasses the scene of the heaviest fighting during the June 19th Battle of Middleburg
  • Rector Home – Stuart’s Headquarters after the battles
  • Goose Creek Bridge site of the middle stage of the Battle of Upperville
  • And more!

Dinner on your own

8 p.m. Evening Sessions at Hampton Inn

  • Welcome to the Seminar - Ted Alexander
  • “Defying General Pickett: Dolly Harris, the Flag Waving Girl of Greencastle” – Bonnie Shockey

Find out about the “Barbara Frietchie” of the Gettysburg Campaign during this talk.

  • Orientation to Brandy Station -Eric Wittenberg

Here is your pre-tour review for tomorrow’s trek.

Thursday, July 26

Breakfast at Hampton Inn (avail. 6 – 10 a.m.)

7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. “Brandy Station”

bus & walking tour led by Eric Wittenberg

  • Bus leaves from Hampton Inn
  • Lunch included
  • Dinner on your own

Bus Tour Description:

Join us as we explore the site of the largest cavalry battle in North America.

Sites to visit:

  • Kelly’s Ford where part of the Union Cavalry crossed
  • Fleetwood Hill, the site of the major mounted combat in the battle.
  • Buford’s Knoll, site of John Buford’s headquarters and where he directed the battle
  • St. James Church, the plateau where the famous charge of the 6th Pa cavalry occurred
  • Stevensburg where some of the decisive actions took place
  • And more!

Friday, July 27

Breakfast at Hampton Inn (avail. 6 – 10 a.m.)

8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Sessions held at Hampton Inn at 955 Lesher Rd. in Chambersburg

  • Sessions at Hampton Inn
  • Lunch included
  • Dinner Included

Topics to discuss include:

  • “An Army at War with Itself: The Army of the Potomac After Chancellorsville” - Frank O’Reilly

Our speaker reviews the chaos in the high command of Hooker’s Army.

  • “Mount Up: The Emergence of the Union Cavalry in 1863” - J.D. Petruzzi

One of the top experts on the Union mounted arm will explain how the Union cavalry got up to speed in summer 1863.

  • “Winchester in the Civil War” - Jerry Holsworth

A review of the town that changed hands 73 times during the war

  • “My Rule is Absolute” General Robert Milroy  – Jonathan Noyalas

Listen to the Milroy story as told by his biographer, Jonathan Noyalas.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch included

2 – 6:30 p.m. Sessions Cont.

  • “Winchester to Gettysburg: The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign” - Scott Mingus

Our speaker has written a highly-acclaimed book on this legendary unit.

  • “Return to Harpers Ferry: June and July 1863” - Dennis Frye

Find out more about the Harpers Ferry story by an expert on the subject.

  • “No Army on Earth can Whip These Men” Lee and his Army from Chancellorsville to Gettysburg - Jeff Wert

Jeff will take us on the journey of the Army of Northern Virginia in the summer of 1863.

  • “The Army of the Potomac on the March to the Potomac” - Craig Swain

A “grunt’s” eye view of the trek to the Potomac.

6:30 p.m. Dinner included

7:30 p.m. Evening Session

  • “We are Independent” McNeill’s Rangers – Steve French

Learn about partisan warfare on the fringes of Lee’s Army.

  • Annual Luhn Memorial Silent Auction

All proceeds donated to battlefield preservation

Saturday, July 28

Breakfast at Hampton Inn (avail. 6 – 10 a.m.)

7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. “Opening the Doors to Pennsylvania:The Second Battle of Winchester” bus & walking tour led by Eric Wittenberg

  • Bus leaves from Hampton Inn
  • Lunch included
  • Dinner on your own

Bus Tour Description:

Visit many rare sites associated with the battle that opened the gates for the invasion of Pennsylvania.

Sites to visit:

  • Opequon Presbyterian Church where the battle began
  • Stonewall Cemetery, the final resting place of more than 2,500 Confederate soldiers
  • Star Fort, the major Union position during the battle
  • Stephenson’s Depot – battle site of June 15 where the Confederates attempted to cut off the Union retreat
  • Martinsburg
  • And more!

Sunday, July 29

Breakfast at Hampton Inn (avail. 6 – 10 a.m.)

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. “On the trail of the Gray Ghost: Exploring Mosby’s Confederacy” bus & walking tour led by Kevin Pawlak

  • Bus leaves from Hampton Inn
  • Lunch included
  • Dinner on your own

Bus Tour Description:

Today we trek to sites, many off the beaten path, of the legendary Gray Ghost, John S. Mosby.

Sites to visit:

  • Mt. Zion Church
  • Rector’s Crossroads
  • Site of Berryville Wagon Train Raid
  • Site of famous Greenback Raid
  • And more

** Please note: Bus driver compensation  included.

Battlefield Preservation

Chambersburg’s Civil War Seminars & Tours has raised over $200,000 for preservation since our founding. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to nonprofit organizations associated with our tour.

Please support our raffles and silent auctions as all funds raised from these efforts are donated to preservation.

Interested in supporting battlefield preservation through gifts or monetary donations? Please contact Lark at 717-264-7101 or

Seminar based at Hampton Inn at 955 Lesher Road, Chambersburg, PA 17201. Deluxe continental breakfast for Hampton Inn guests each morning. Each participant will receive a packet of tactical maps and a name badge.

Seminar registration fee schedule:

  • $745  Generals Package (Includes everything from Tues. to Sun.)
  • $625  Members Complete Weekend (8 p.m. Wed. to Sat.)
  • $655  Non-Members Complete Weekend (8 p.m. Wed. to Sat.)
  • $35  Tuesday 7 p.m. Evening Session Only
  • $150  Wednesday Bus Tour Only (7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • $65  Wednesday Evening Session Only (8 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • $195  Thursday Bus Tour Only
  • $185  Friday Sessions Only (8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
  • $225  Saturday Bus Tour Only
  • $150  Sunday Bus Tour Only
  • *Early Bird Pricing – Save $30 when you register for a Generals or Complete Weekend Package by February 1, 2018. Use code EARLY30 when  registering online.

Registration includes:

  • Packet of maps with itinerary and tour memorabilia
  • Name badge and participant contact info
  • Beverages during bus tours & sessions
  • Meals as described
  • Civil War & More – book vendor during Friday sessions


Please contact Lark Plessinger at 717-264-7101 or email with questions.

Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours hosts Civil War tours led by nationally recognized historians since 1989.