NEWS – Today, Civil War Cycling announces plans to publish a guidebook for Bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park, starting first with a limited set of Advance Review Copies. These pre-release (not for sale) copies offer a sneak peek at what I hope will be a hugely successful effort to share the fun of learning U.S. Civil War history on a bicycle. The guidebook is complete, tested, copy-edited, proofread, and ready to send to a commercial printer.
Take a ride back in time…
Bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park is a guidebook written for experienced and recreational bicyclists alike. My hope is that you find it to be a treasure trove of interesting historical summaries that everyone can understand. The narrative relies heavily on the Gettysburg landscape and its many historic monuments to tell the story of the Battle of Gettysburg and the people who lived in this 19th century farming town.
With this guidebook, you can take a 23.8-mile ride back in time. You will bicycle through the most monumented battlefield in the world, over ground that witnessed the greatest loss of life in the history of the Western Hemisphere (July 1-3, 1863).
I didn’t start out to write a book, but that’s what happened. I quickly got carried away with the fun of figuring out the “best” bicycle routes through Gettysburg, creating maps, identifying orienteering landmarks, snapping photos, and reading monument inscriptions and connecting them with stories that I had read.
After four years of fun but intense work, it’s time to get this guidebook for Bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park into the hands of American Civil War history buffs and outdoor, experiential learners.
New Guidebook for Bicycling Gettysburg – Quick Description
The guidebook includes:
- 34 highly detailed, color bicycling maps over 6,000 acres of park land
- Turn-by-turn directions for a 8-mile circuit, mostly on park roads
- Tips on bicycling gear, restrooms, water, picnic areas, racks,
- 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
New Guidebook for Bicycling Gettysburg – More Details
Bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park is a 6″ x 9″, full-color, 286-page guidebook that unlocks the logistical keys to a safe, educational, and fun bicycle ride through Gettysburg.
The book tells the three-day story of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863) from the perspective of a bicyclist. It is packed with thirty-four maps, hundreds of photos and GPS points, human interest stories, and years of cycling experience that — all in one book — provide expert guidance on planning a 23.8-mile Gettysburg bicycle tour.
For history buffs, Bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park provides a never before published experiential framework for learning U.S. Civil War history on a bicycle. Even if you never plan a bicycle tour, this book makes it easy to tour the battlefield landscape in your mind while learning about the people impacted by the Battle of Gettysburg.
Early praise for the book’s companion maps
“The maps are wonderful. They are easy to carry and give you clear options for longer or shorter rides. They are sufficiently detailed to enable you to catch upcoming turns from one road to another and to keep your bearings in relation to the rest of the battlefield; but not so detailed as to be overwhelming. To make use of them is to see the full — and delightful — advantages of touring a battlefield on a bike.” ~ J. Edelman, University Professor
October 2018 UPDATE: GNMP Complanion Maps are now available for purchase as PDF files. The format is much different than the physical maps shown below. Click here to view samples or purchase your digital maps online.
I can’t wait to share all of this material with you!