The most recent tour for the intrepid Gettysburg Semester was Gettysburg: Town, Farms and Pickett's Charge. The Lincoln Diner was our destination for yet another breakfast, this time at seven in the morning (it was dark!) We met our first guide for the day, John Heiser, at the Appleford for the beginning of our town of Gettysburg tour. John led us on foot, something new and different, but also quite cold.
We were led to the train station, then the Gettysburg Hotel, then to the Grand Army of the Republic building through a combination of sidewalks and back alleys we did not know existed. John showed us several churches that were used as hospitals during the battle, including a former Methodist church and the Catholic church. We then loaded up the bus and headed out to view farms that were around the borough during the battle. We were able to step inside the McPherson barn west of town and the Bushnell barn south of town. John explained to us the style that each barn was built in before the war, and explained the preservation efforts the park exercised on the buildings.
At the Bushnell farm, Joe and Anna were able to touch the spring that supplied the farm, thereby keeping their tradition alive. To conclude our morning tour, we visited the Trostle farm, where Dan Sickles was hit. It was a fitting place to end the tour, as the farm saw the end of Dan Sickles' tour of duty as well.