Bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park
ISBN 978-1-7326038-0-6. (March 2019)
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Bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park: The Cyclist's Civil War Travel Guide is the one-and-only book that you need to bicycle the Gettysburg battlefield -- the site of the greatest loss of life in the history of the Western Hemisphere. The book's 286 full-color pages are packed with 34 maps, hundreds of monument and landscape photographs, GPS points, and years of cycling experience that will guide your own self-directed, 23.8-mile tour.
Take a ride back in time and learn the three-day story of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863) from the perspective of a bicyclist. History buffs will enjoy the guidebook's description of the battlefield landscape and 100+ monument histories. Written for experienced and recreational bicyclists alike, this guidebook is a treasure trove of historical summaries that even licensed battlefield guides will enjoy reading and (re)committing to memory.
The author learned from personal experience that Gettysburg auto tours are not ideal for bicyclists who want safe, circular, and historically themed rides over park lands (avoiding traffic, where possible). This guidebook is the answer.
The guidebook includes:
- 34 highly detailed, color bicycling maps over 6,000 acres of park land
- Turn-by-turn directions for a 23.8-mile circuit, mostly on park roads
- Tips on bicycling gear, restrooms, water, picnic areas, racks, etc.
- 100+ monument photos and GPS points, most marked on maps
- Map-to-text and text-to-map cross references for learning on the road
- Monument histories tied to all 3 days of battle events (July 1-3, 1863)
- 35 labeled landscape photos
- Orienteering tips to connect the battle story to Gettysburg geography
- Concise summary of the Battle of Gettysburg
- 6-page glossary of basic Civil War terms
- 10-page annotated bibliography
- 173 endnotes that document sources
For the history buff ... The book's maps:
- Identify the location of all state monuments
- Identify the location of all equestrian monuments
- Identify the location of all bronze statues of individuals
- Identify a sampling of regimental monuments for all states
- Identify the location of farm buildings, towers, and more
For the bicyclist ... The book's maps:
- Label all roads, especially park roads and one-way roads
- Label significant ridges, hills, fields, woodlots, and more
- Identify natural and physical landmarks for orienteering
- Identify restrooms, portable toilets, and water sources
- Identify picnic areas, bicycle racks, and parking lots
- Identify town roads that have sidewalks or bicycle lanes
The book covers these Gettysburg-specific bicycle touring topics:
- Bicycle selection, transportation, and rental options
- Lodging considerations, parking
- Contingency planning (in case of rain)
- Pointers to bicycle laws and park policies
Bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park: The Cyclist's Civil War Travel Guide provides a never before published experiential framework for learning U.S. Civil War history on a bicycle.
Take a ride back in time!
Table of Contents
PART I: INTRODUCTION
1. Gettysburg on a Bicycle
2. The Battle of Gettysburg
PART II: PLANNING YOUR TRIP
3. Gathering Your Gear
4. Transportation & Lodging Logistics
5. Contingency Planning
6. Bicycling Tips for Health & Safety
PART III: ENJOY YOUR RIDE!
7. Selecting a Bicycle Route
8. How to Read Bicycle Maps & Cues
9. Route 1 – Full Day Loop
PART IV: MONUMENTS AND STRUCTURES
10. State Monuments
11. Equestrian Monuments
12. Bronze Statues of Individuals
13. Other Monuments to Individuals
14. Corps Headquarters Monuments
15. Monuments for Military Units
16. Other Monuments or Structures
PART V: RESOURCES
17. Park Roads & Battle Lines
Index to Monuments, By State