GDG- Battlefield Tour Guides
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Tue Jan 24 13:00:59 CST 2012
This may rile some feathers and make a kerfluffle but I have had a couple
dozen LBG on my tourbuses at GTYSBG and have never really been very
impressed by them. Sure, the tourists love it.
But tourists don't know a cowpie from a horsepie.
But I sit there and look out the window and want to go Hey! Point that
out! What about that? Point this out.
I had a LBG once who only wanted to talk about about Daniel Sickles
shooting Philip Barton Key on Lafayette Square 75 mi away in DC. Meanwhile the
bus is rolling past Oak Ridge and the Peach Orchid and the guy was talking
about P.B. Key. As a matter of protocol and courtesy you don't contradict
another guide on a tour but I had to repeatedly keep telling him discreetly
to stay on topic. Did no good tho. Didn't stop talking about it til the
tour was over. The tour co provided the tip for the guy but I didn't want
to give it to him.
I love the story.... I tell it a lot as a ghost story on Lafayette
Square. One of my favorite stories. But when LRT is rolling by outside the bus
window you should talk about that, not Sickles and Key.
A Loyal Neo-Anti Unionist,
In a message dated 1/24/2012 9:36:47 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
jlawrence at kc.rr.com writes:
Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
No. The guides at Gettysburg are unique, they trace their history back to
the day after the battle.
The NPS inherited them when they took over the park and there has been a
partnership of sorts ever since.
Can you imagine the any bureaucracy recruiting an outside guide service,
officially sanctioned, to run free across the property.
The other parks do provide tours though, which can be spotty, but
They do have these NPS tours at Gettysburg.
In a perfect world, every battlefield guide everywhere would be a retired
infantry officer with a degree in history.
But, having sat in on a couple of the prep classes for Battlefield Guides
the HACC, (they don't hold them anymore) I stumbled into, the LBG guys do
yeomen's work in assuring that their guides are a quality product in terms
of the minituae of the field.
Wish they had that kind of program at Normandy.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Andy Mills" <amills at jplcreative.com>
To: "GDG" <gettysburg at arthes.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 8:12 AM
Subject: GDG- Battlefield Tour Guides
> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> I hope this is "on-topic" and offer my apologies if it is not.
> At some point this summer (I don't have anything planned at the moment
> other than this is a goal of mine but depends upon having free weekends
> which are in short supply due to some family issues), I would like to
> to Fredericksburg and tour some of those battlefields.
> Is there anything like the Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Tour Guides
> could use for the Fredericksburg area battlefields? Or does anyone know
> of people who do it in their spare time or through a company in the area
> in which one could hire a guide?
> It is one of those things where I know the history of what transpired in
> Fredericksburg but someone familiar with the ground and area could show
> you those "out of the way" type places and with the modern town almost
> the edge of the NPS land, it is very hard to know "the ground" as the
> of the battle and where various points are in relation to each other (I
> hope this makes sense).
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