Bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park: The Cyclist's Civil War Travel Guide

Bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park: The Cyclist's Civil War Travel Guide

by Sue Thibodeau


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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. 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.

This book's 286 full-color pages are packed with 34 maps, hundreds of monument and landscape photographs, and GPS points for a 23.8-mile looped tour over 6,000 acres of park land. 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
  • Endnotes that document sources

For the history buff ... The book's maps identify the locations of:

  • All state monuments
  • All equestrian monuments
  • All bronze statues of individuals
  • A sampling of regimental monuments for all states
  • Farm buildings, towers, and more

For the bicyclist ... The book's maps identify:

  • All roads, especially park roads and one-way roads
  • Significant ridges, hills, fields, woodlots, and more
  • Natural and physical landmarks for orienteering
  • Restrooms, portable toilets, and water sources
  • Picnic areas, bicycle racks, and parking lots
  • 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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732603806
Publisher: Civil War Cycling
Publication date: 03/11/2019
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 923,514
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Sue Thibodeau is a bicycling enthusiast, computer scientist, and former teacher. A graduate of Duke University (B.A.), the University of Notre Dame (M.A.), and the Rochester Institute of Technology (M.S.), she is a passionate advocate of learning U.S. Civil War history by bicycling national military parks. In her work, Sue integrates her interests in cartography, photography, research, and writing with outdoor bicycling adventures that bring American history to life. You can contact Sue Thibodeau on Facebook @TheBicyclingHistorian.

Table of Contents




1. Gettysburg on a Bicycle

2. The Battle of Gettysburg


3. Gathering Your Gear

4. Transportation & Lodging Logistics

5. Contingency Planning

6. Bicycling Tips for Health & Safety


7. Selecting a Bicycle Route

8. How to Read Bicycle Maps & Cues

9. Route 1 – Full Day Loop


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


17. Park Roads & Battle Lines


Annotated Bibliography

Index to Monuments, By State



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