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Union soldier hoists Irish Brigade flag

An Irish soldier in Union uniform hoists the flag of the Irish Brigade.

These are the inspiring tales of the Irish soldiers who served at Gettysburg during the Civil War.

Your guide will lead you through the back streets of Gettysburg and tell of the Irish experiences during the three-day battle.

Discover the men of the Irish Brigade, the Irish Gettysburg citizens who lived through the battle, and the Louisiana Tigers of the Confederacy.

Hear how the Irish came to immigrate to America, and why they fought and risked their lives for their new country. Learn why some fought for the North and some for the South.

Learn how the Irish suffered from prejudice and injustice before and during the war.

Hear of the history of the Irish at the Battle of Gettysburg – their spirit, their courage, their humor, and their faith.

Learn about the Irish generals and commanders of the Irish Brigade and the Philadelphia Brigade, and how their courage and sacrifice was unmatched in battle.

Hear of how the Irish at Pickett’s Charge turned the tide of the Battle of Gettysburg and the war.

Go to the site where many southern Irish Confederate soldiers fought, died, and were buried. Hear the story of the Gettysburg doctor who saw to it that these soldiers were reinterred in a proper Southern cemetery – and learn the special blessing God gave him for his service.

Learn about corpse candles.

Learn how to make a love potion.

Learn about Irish traditions, beliefs, and customs, among them ~

  • Why do Irishmen carry a crust of bread when crossing a grassy field?
  • What is a “Banshee” – and what is its true purpose?
  • What is an Irish Wake, and what are traditional burial customs?
  • What do the Irish pray that God will do for their enemies?
  • When must a tombstone be placed on an Irish grave?

Learn how to give an insult in true Irish fashion.

Come and experience all this and more on the “Irish of Gettysburg Historic Walking Tour.”

A family-friendly tour for visitors of all ages.

~ You may also be interested in these tours ~

“Aftermath” – Our original tour
“Women of Gettysburg”

Rev. Corby absolves the Irish Brigade

Brigade Chaplain Father William Corby absolves the Union’s Irish Brigade before they meet the Confederates at the Wheatfield in Gettysburg.

Monument to the Irish Brigade

Monument to the Irish Brigade on the Gettysburg battlefield.
Photo courtesy of Cheryl Morris.
Rev. Corby monument on the Gettysburg battlefield

A memorial to Brigade Chaplain Father William Corby, absolving the Irish Brigade.
Photo courtesy of Cheryl Morris.

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Tours ~

Our tours run every night from April 1st through November, weather permitting.

We also run tours during the off-season and by special appointment.

Most tours begin at dusk.

For tour times and availability, please call our office at 717-334-8611 or send an eMail to reservations@gravediggertours.com

You may also contact your guide, Patty – Patty@gravediggertours.com

To make a reservation, you may complete our online Reservation Form.

Tickets ~

Purchase tickets inside The Great T Shirt Company.

Ticket prices ~

$10  –  Per person
$8  –  Group rate for 15 or more people
Free admission  –  Children 5 and under

Tour times ~

April and May ~
Irish of Gettysburg tour  –  6 pm
Aftermath tour  –  8 pm
Women of Gettysburg tour  –  By Appointment
June, July, August, September ~
Irish of Gettysburg tour  –  6:30 pm
Aftermath tour  –  8:30 pm
Women of Gettysburg tour  –  By Appointment
October and November ~
Irish of Gettysburg tour  –  6 pm
Aftermath tour  –  8 pm
Women of Gettysburg tour  –  By Appointment

Directions ~

Grave Digger Tours leave from ~

The Great T Shirt Company
65 Steinwehr Avenue
Gettysburg, PA


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Parking ~

Free parking is available after 5 pm in the parking lot of the WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, located at 147 Gettys Street, behind Steinwehr Avenue.

Metered parking is also available along Steinwehr Avenue in front of The Great T Shirt Company, as well as nearby Baltimore Street.

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