Bautz, William A. “Bill,”  2017-2018 HFA President

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HFA President William A. “Bill” Bautz Announces Plans

for Gettysburg, PA Annual Meeting November 5-7, 2018 

The Higdon Family Association will hold its annual meeting in the Gettysburg Hotel, One Lincoln Square, Gettysburg, PA the week of November 5-7, 2018, starting with meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday the 5th in the lobby/tavern to renew friendships and greet new arrivals. Dinner will be at any of the town’s fine restaurants. 

On Tuesday the 6th, we will go by bus to the Military Park Visitor Center to have an overview of the multi-day battle and visit various historical exhibits. Lunch will be at the cafeteria. 

That afternoon, we will take a docent led bus tour of the battlefield and return to the hotel. Dinner is “on your own.” 

On Wednesday morning, the 7th, the HFA annual business meeting will be held in the hotel conference room. That afternoon there will be a docent led tour of the town of Gettysburg or free time to explore other points of interest. 

Wednesday evening features a group dinner at the hotel. 

 (Note: Plans may change based on interest and attendance.) 

Bill adds a travel note: “Nearest airports to Gettysburg are Harrisburg and Baltimore, both of which are 55 miles away. Baltimore is recommended because it has many more flights.” 

Click on our Higdon Family Association 2018 Annual Meeting in Gettysburg, PA, for more information

Another ‘peek’ at a monument that most visitors to Gettysburg will not see.

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 Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer

(citation on bronze plaque) 


Three-fourths of a mile south of this site on the Hunterstown Road, newly appointed Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer led the Michigan Cavalry Brigade (1st, 5th, 6th, and 7th Regiments) in his first charge against superior forces of Confederate cavalry under General Wade Hampton and Cobb’s Legion on July 2, 1863. During the attack, Custer’s horse was shot from under him. Without a horse but uninjured, he found himself prone to the mercy of Confederate blades that bore down on him. This decisive first encounter nearly proved fatal if not for the bravery and quick thinking of Norvell Francis Churchill, Company “L” 1st Michigan Cavalry, who deflected a saber blow and pulled the “boy general” to the back of his steed, extracting him from harms way.

The monument to Union Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer and his Wolverines of the Michigan Cavalry Brigade is on the southeast corner of the intersection of Hunterstown Road and Shrivers Corner Road (Pennsylvania Route 394) at Hunterstown, Pennsylvania. (39°52’57.8″N 77°09’46.7″W; map) Hunterstown is about 5.3 miles from downtown Gettysburg.

from the Stone Sentinels website

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