GDG- Battlefield Tour Guides

Andy Mills amills at
Tue Jan 24 14:37:49 CST 2012

As an aside:  if there are any battlefield guides on the list, I wanted to point out that some of the information on the site is old and outdated.  For instance: .  This page has the prices incorrect, as they have gone up to ( ) and I also noticed when talking about the tests ( ), they had the next upcoming test as December 2010.  

Just in case anyone has the contacts to mention the site has outdated information.


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From: gettysburg-bounces at [mailto:gettysburg-bounces at] On Behalf Of Tom
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 3:30 PM
Subject: Re: GDG- Battlefield Tour Guides

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
   What amazes me is how the LBG's can either tone down the information to the visitor or ramp it up. I imagine on a bus tour, the majority of the folks (30 or more,say), may not have an inkling about the field (thus for the sake of the many, tone down). Then you have the individual/family LBG tours, where the guide is experienced enough to determine their degree of knowledge of the field (thus possibly ramping up the tour with more info). 
We make at least  2 trips a year to GNMP, and at least 1 of them includes a tour with an LBG, and I have never regretted doing it - then again we usually request, each time, a certain aspect of the battle etc. Folks I've worked with, family, and friends know our interest in Gettysburg, and I can count on them to ask - what are the musts on a visit - and IMHO - 1) Visitor's Center 2) a tour with an LBG 3) and then walk the field with J.D. 
& Steve's guidebook in hand. And I do mean walk!! I've gotten positive responses every time - and many converts to our passion. As an aside of sorts - I do believe Vicksburg has an LBG staff also. And the Antietam Guides are on my list for my next trip there. These LBG's, besides making a buck, are dedicated to their craft and true professionals. Just look at the Gettysburg Daily site - it's free, has great tours and info., and can be done in the comfort of your home. Just my two cents - and a few bucks more ;-D

Tom B.

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From: AWard61890 at
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 2:50 PM
To: gettysburg at
Subject: Re: GDG- Battlefield Tour Guides

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:

In a message dated 1/24/2012 2:25:59 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, jlawrence at writes:

I  understand the system at Gettysburg
consists of a written test and, even  if you pass the test, you have to be interviewed by the guides, who can  turn you down if they just d not like your style.

There is in fact a very comprehensive written test. If you make the cut there the so called "interview" mentioned above is actually an oral exam. 
perspective guide puts together his or her own 2 hour car tour which is given to  an existing guide AND an NPS Ranger. After the first tour the candidate is asked  to make any necessary adjustments and gets a second chance.
BOTH the ranger and  the guide grade the candidate. It all comes down to if you can give a factual,  good tour of the battlefield. That is over simplified, but you are not  "interviewed" by guides.

Both the park and the guide force are just trying to make sure the visitor gets a quality tour.

Peter previously stated that:

Sure, the tourists love it. But tourists don't know a cowpie from a horsepie.

The tour is for the visitors or tourists not a tour director on the bus, and one thing that can cause a candidate to fail would be if you don't treat the  customer with respect or have the attitude that your paying customer is "stupid"

Andy Ward

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