First-Year Walk

Now in its 12th year, the First-Year Walk includes Gettysburg College faculty, staff, and students recreating the 1863 walk to hear the Gettysburg Address.


In 1863, Gettysburg College students walked with President Lincoln to the newly opened Gettysburg National Cemetery, where Lincoln delivered one of the most well known speeches in history. It was an 1851 graduate of the College, David Wills, who invited Lincoln to deliver "a few appropriate remarks" at the cemetery’s dedication. Wills hosted the president in his home the night before the address.