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Friday, September 15th, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, at the Adams County Historical Society, 625 Biglerville Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325.
Join us for a special recording of the popular Battle of Gettysburg Podcast as we commemorate the 160th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s visit to Gettysburg and delivery of the Gettysburg Address. The podcast team welcomes special guest ACHS historian Tim Smith as we uniquely tackle all things related to Lincoln at Gettysburg. Lincoln’s speech is one of the defining moments of the Civil War, but what does Tim really think about its importance? Where did Lincoln go and who did he see while in Gettysburg? What are Tim’s favorite myths and misconceptions related to the Gettysburg Address? Will Tim participate in an installment of the podcast’s Dan Sickles Report? You will want to attend and learn the answers to these questions and many more.
This is a recording of the Battle of Gettysburg Podcast that will be broadcast prior to the 160th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address in November. Come join the audience for a Lincoln commemoration that will be unlike any other.  
$10 for ACHS members, $20 for non-members.

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Third Winchester: June 24th, 2023, 

with Eric Lindblade

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By the summer of 1864 the Shenandoah Valley had remained to Union forces a “valley of humiliation” for three years.

That ended in dramatic fashion on September 19, 1864 when a Union army under Philip Sheridan defeated Confederates under Jubal Early at the Battle of Third Winchester.

According to one participant the battle “was one of the hottest times I ever seen. Gettysburg could not hold it a light while it lasted.”

Third Winchester proved to be the largest and bloodiest battle fought in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War and included familiar faces from both the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia in addition to two future presidents of the United States and even a former vice president!

Join historian Eric Lindblade of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast for a guided tour of this critical, yet under-appreciated, battle that helped shift the tide of war in the Shenandoah Valley for Union forces and began the decline of Confederate fortunes in that section of Virginia.
Tour is limited to 30 people, so don't delay in signing up!

Date & Time:

Saturday June 24 at 9am



Meeting Place:

541 Redbud Rd. Winchester, Virginia 22603


Tour of Appomatox: September 2-4, 2023, with Hessler/Spaugy Action Travel

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The Appomattox campaign, fought by General Ulysses Grant and the Army of Potomac against Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, led to the ultimate surrender of Lee’s army and the effective end of the Civil War. Join us as we relive this legendary campaign and the final days of Grant and Lee’s armies with renowned historian Patrick Schroeder. Pat is the historian at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and has written or published more than 20 Civil War books. Patrick’s two-day tour will include: Namozine Church, Sailor’s Creek, Farmville, Clifton House, Appomattox Court House, Lee-Grant April 10 meeting, Stacking of Arms/Salute Site, and much more! (Tour stops subject to change.)


  • Friday 9/1/23: Recommend arrival.
  • Saturday 9/2/23 – Sunday 9/3/23: Campaign tour led by Appomattox Court House NPS Chief Historian Patrick Schroeder. Tour starts on Saturday morning; see starting point BELOW.
  • Monday 9/4/23 (Labor Day):  Depart.


  • We do not have a hotel rate for FRIDAY NIGHT.
However, the tour will START on SATURDAY morning at the following location:
Holiday Inn Express / Petersburg Dinwiddie:
5679 Boydton Plank Rd, Petersburg, VA 23803
Front Desk:   1-804-518-1515
Reservation:  1 888 HOLIDAY (1 888 465 4329)


  • We have a block reserved for SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHTS at:
Hampton Inn Farmville: 434-392-8826
300 Sunchase Boulevard
Farmville, Virginia, 23901, USA
Dates: September 2nd and 3rd (checkout on 4th)
Rooms: 25
Group Rate: $129
Cutoff Date: August 2nd, 2023
Group Block Code: HST
Guests may use the code HST when either calling the hotel directly at 434-392-8826 or when booking online on the official website. The cutoff date for the block is set for August 2nd, 2023, so please be sure that everyone books by that date to ensure they get the correct rate and within the block.


As in past Hessler-Spaugy excursions, we will carpool caravan-style.


We ask for $350 per person deposit ($600 per household couple) from you to cover the guide and program expenses.

It promises to be another epic Hessler Spaugy adventure, and we hope to see you there!


Washington DC: June 3, 2023, with Jim Hessler

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Morning (10:00 am) - Lafayette Square:

  • Join us on a walking tour of the violent history of Lafayette Square in Washington DC.

  • Our tour will focus on the infamous murder site where Dan Sickles killed Philip Barton Key.

  • Other Points of Interest:

    • Blair House (where R.E. Lee was offered command of the Northern army.)

    • Site where Secretary of State Seward was nearly assassinated by Gettysburg veteran Lewis Powell.

    • Dolly Madison house and McClellan’s headquarters.

    • St John’s Episcopal Church, attended by Lincoln and generations of other      Presidents.  

    • Assassination attempt on President Harry S. Truman.

    • More!

Afternoon (3:00 pm) – Lincoln Cottage:

  • Group tour of the site where Lincoln made some of his most important decisions.


$70 for both Tours. ($37.50 for each tour individually.)


On your own.


  • Meet at Lafayette Square by 9:45am. Tour starts 10am.

  • Metro instructions will be provided to attendees.

  • Group carpools or group Metro riding will be arranged based on interest.


Ask About Our "Beyond Gettysburg" Tours: 

  • Gettysburg Campaign: Hunterstown, Fairfield, Monterey Pass, Brandy Station, Lee’s Retreat, Chambersburg, and more!
  • Indian Wars / Old West: Little Bighorn (aka “Custer’s Last Stand”), Rosebud, Fetterman Fight, Fort Phil Kearny, Tombstone AZ.
  • Other Civil War Battles: Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, Winchester, and more!
  • Texas War of Independence: Alamo.
  • Civil War Washington DC: Lafayette Square, Sickles / Key Murder.

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