Audio tours are a convenient, enriching way to enjoy the Gettysburg experience. Gettysburg Battlefield Podcast Tours have been developed by the National Park Service. The audio can be downloaded from the Civil War Traveler website for use on your iPod or other MP3 player. The walking tours are hosted by Gettysburg Interpretive Ranger Eric Campbell who provides detailed information about important battle sites. The website also has instructions for download as well as maps to help you locate stops along the tour. Downloaded audio tour and maps are free.
The Peach Orchard at Gettysburg
This 90-minute walking tour has six stops, highlighting the heroic stand the Union artillery held against insurgent Confederate soldiers on July 2,1863. The battle, held upon the Rose family peach orchard involved the Confederate push and the Union retreat to Cemetery Ridge. The audio provides the story and music enhancements.
The Wheatfield at Gettysburg
This 90-minute, seven-stop walking/audio tour leads visitors through the bloody battlefield as Gettysburg National Military Park historian Eric Campbell shares insight into the specifics of the battle. Over 1,300 Confederate soldiers were killed and 3,000 Union defenders were killed in a back and forth bloody skirmishes on the second day of the Gettysburg Battle.
Devil's Den at Gettysburg
This area was the sight of the second day of battle at Gettysburg with an attack by the Confederate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet's First Corps upon the Union Army of the Potomac. The Union succeeded in defending Devil's Deb, led by Maj. Gen. David B. Birney. Learn about the mysterious death of a Confederate sharpshooter, not hit by gun fire. This is a six-stop, 60-minute audio walking tour.
Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg
Named after Maj. Gen. George Pickett, one of the Confederate generals to lead the assault against Union troops, Pickett's charge became a doomed attack of approximately 12,500 Confederate infantry against Union defenders. Union artillery and rifle fire attacked the advancing Confederates, stopping Gen. Robert E. Lee's drive towards Pennsylvania. The Confederates suffered a loss of over 50 percent of their troops. The five-stop, approximately three-quarter mile walking tour follows the path of Pickett's men.
Little Round Top at Gettysburg
The small rocky hill was the site of what historians believe was the crucial point of the Union soldiers line defense in the Battle at Gettysburg that first week in July 1863. Little Round Top was also the site of one of the most well-known actions of the Civil War, a Union downhill bayonet charge led by Col. Joshua Chamberlain. This is a four-stop, approximately one-hour walking tour.
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