The Irish in Gettysburg

Join us on Saturday March 19, 2016 for our Irish in Gettysburg event. It is a great way to celebrate St. Patrick Day in Gettysburg and to experience the three-day battle from the perspective of the Irish Brigade. 

The evening event features a talk on the Irish at Gettysburg by Licensed Guide Rich Kohr followed by dinner at the Dobbin House.


All are invited to join us for our annual Irish in Gettysburg event. The cost is $50 per person ($40 for children under age 12) per person and includes the dinner and evening talk at the Dobbin House.

Program starts at 1 pm

Walking Tour

Guests are invited to meet General Hancock at Auto Tour Stop #9 at 1 PM for a brief walk in the Wheatfield where the General, portrayed by Randy Feranec who is a member of Confederation of Union Generals, will describe the actions of the Irish troops during that critical period of the battle. 

Dinner and Entertainment at the Dobbin House
Program Begins at 6:30 PM in the Abigail Adams Ballroom at the Historic Dobbin House. We meet for dinner with General and Mrs. Hancock followed by a presentation by Licensed Guide Rich Kohr who will give a detailed description of the Irish during the battle. 

The Irish Brigade
The Irish Brigade was an infantry brigade, consisting predominantly of Irish Americans, that served in the Union Army in the American Civil War. The designation of the first regiment in the brigade, the 69th New York Infantry, or the "Fighting 69th", continued in later wars. The Irish Brigade was known in part for its famous war cry, the "faugh a ballagh", which is an anglicization of the Irish phrase, fág an bealach, meaning "clear the way". According to Fox's Regimental Losses, of all Union army brigades, only the 1st Vermont Brigade and Iron Brigade suffered more combat dead than the Irish Brigade during America's Civil War.At Gettysburg, the brigade distinguished itself in the Wheatfield under the command of Col. Kelly as the 2nd Brigade of the 1st Division (Brigadier General John C. Caldwell) of the II Corps (Major General Winfield S. Hancock). The brigade has a monument on the Loop on the Gettysburg Battlefield (write up courtesy of Wikipedia)

Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr
Rich is a native of Lebanon, PA and a graduate of Lebanon Valley College. He has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park since 1995 and is a former President of the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides. Rich has taught continuing education courses at Harrisburg Area Community College and has given lectures at numerous Civil War Round Tables.

Who Would Enjoy the Tour?
Everyone who enjoys history of Gettysburg. Children 10 years of age and older are welcome.

Special Considerations
Entrée choices are: Prime Rib, Salmon or Hunter’s Chicken or Vegetarian. If you have special dietary considerations, please contact one of our member Inns to make arrangements.

This event is co-sponsored with other bed and breakfasts through our local B&B association the Inns of the Gettysburg Area. Please note: In case of low attendance or circumstances beyond our control, the Inns of the Gettysburg Area reserves the right to change or alter the program as needed.