Jul 6

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide John Fitzpatrick is the host for our series on the Irish Brigade. He is standing by the George Weikert Farm, which is located on Cemetery Ridge near the junction of United States Avenue (part of which is in the foreground) and Sedgwick Avenue (out of sight behind the buildings, and running from right to left (south to north). This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Friday, June 24, 2011.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide John J. Fitzpatrick, Jr., Esq. is host for a series on the Irish Brigade at Gettysburg. John’s interest in Gettysburg began in centennial year of 1963 when he arranged a trip to the Battlefield for the Villanova University Student History Club. That sparked a continuing interest in the American Civil War. Throughout his travels in the Service, work and some vacations he has been to Civil War sites coast to coast from Fort Point under the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California to the home, church and College of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in Brunswick, Maine. He is now entering upon his eighth year of Guiding at Gettysburg.

His professional career began in 1966 as a United States Marine Corps Officer, Tank Platoon Commander then Pilot. He served a combat tour of duty in Vietnam completing 140 missions in the A6 Intruder for which he was awarded 9 Air Medals and Vietnam Service Awards. Captain Fitzpatrick was Honorably Discharged from Active Duty in 1971 whereupon he entered law school. Upon graduation in 1974 he began a 32 year career as Corporate Counsel for Gulf Oil and Chevron Corporation retiring in 2006. He is a Member in good standing before the highest Courts in Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia and California.

Contemporaneously with his first legal job, he transferred to the Pennsylvania Air National Guard and later the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He served as an Active Reservist Pilot/Forward Air Controller/Squadron and Group Training Officer at the Willow Grove NAS, PA from 1974-1984. He was transferred to HQ USAF at the Pentagon in Legislative Liaison from 1985-1993 and finally as a JAG Officer reporting to the USAF TJAG and General Counsel from 1993-1997 based on his civilian expertise to assist the Air Force with its new Arbitration and Mediation Programs. Colonel Fitzpatrick received 3 Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Force Commendation Medal and other Awards before transferring to the Retired Reserve in 1997. He now divides his time amongst Guiding at Gettysburg, certain volunteer Veterans’ activities and serving as an Arbitrator in commercial, construction and securities cases.

John Fitzpatrick writes; “I appreciate the earlier related postings of my fellow Guides Rich Bellamy [Colonel Cross in the Wheatfield], the Editor of this Gettysburg Daily, Bobby Housch specifically for his postings of November 8 and 15, 2010 of the Weikert Lane [one of the most likely Avenues of Approach used by the Irish Brigade when it deployed to the Wheatfield in the late afternoon of July 2, 1863] and Dr. Rich Goedkoop’s posting of President Kennedy’s 1963 visit to Gettysburg. I also want to thank Licensed Battlefield Guides Rich Kohr for his posting on the Gettysburg Electric Railway and Ralph Siegel for sharing his expertise on the artillery fight at the Peach Orchard.”

“I also appreciate permission to use:
• New York’s Bravest, Painting by Don Troiani, www.historicalimagebank.com;
• Remember Ireland and Fontenoy, Painting by Rick Reeves, permission from Rick Reeves, rickreevesstudio.com;
• Pride of Erin, Painting by Dale Gallon, permission from Ms. Anne Gallon of Gallon Historical Art, Gettysburg, PA, www.Gallon.com;
• The Prince of Wales Flag courtesy of Erik Chipchase at mercenarygraphics.com. His e-mail address is echipchase@mercentary graphics.com..”

To contact John, please click here to reveal his email address.

In today’s Irish Brigade post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide John Fitzpatrick shows how the Irish Brigade left the area of the Pennsylvania State Monument and marched to the John Weikert Farm.

To see the previous Irish Brigade posts, click here.

Captain Fitzpatrick on the US Marine flight line, DaNang, Vietnam, March 1970, a US Air Force F-4 Phantom Fighter having just landed in the background.

This map shows the location of the Irish Brigade videos. Video #1-#6 were shown in our previous posts. Video #7 was taken near the George Weikert House. Videos #8-#9 were taken near the junction of Crawford Avenue and the Wheatfield Road. This map was created facing north at approximately 12:00 PM on Saturday July 2, 2011.

In Video #7 (Videos #1-#6 were shown in our previous posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide John Fitzpatrick is standing near the George Weikert Farm on Cemetery Ridge. He explains the different routes that the Irish Brigade may have taken as they marched to the Wheatfield. This view was taken facing east to north to south to east to south to east to south to east at approximately 4:00 PM on Friday, June 24, 2011.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide John Fitzpatrick is pointing to the Pennsylvania State Monument where the Irish Brigade was positioned on July 2, 1863. Then then moved towards the George Weikert Farm which is behind the camera. United States Avenue is in the foreground. This view was taken facing north at approximately 4:00 PM on Friday, June 24, 2011.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide John Fitzpatrick is pointing down the Weikert Lane which connects the George Weikert Farm (out of sight on the left) with the John Weikert Farm. The Weikert Lane ran close to the stone wall. The horse trail now goes farther to the right (west). This view was taken facing south at approximately 4:00 PM on Friday, June 24, 2011.

Licensed Battlefield Guide John Fitzpatrick is pointing towards the John Weikert Farm. The Weikert Lane emerged from the woods between the white barn on the left and the yellow house on the right. The Wheatfield Road is behind the camera position. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Friday, June 24, 2011.

In Video #8 Licensed Battlefield Guide John Fitzpatrick is standing near the junction of Crawford Avenue and the Wheatfield Road. He shows us the location of the John Weikert Farm, and explains the challenges for the Irish Brigade as they marched to this area. This view was taken facing northeast to northwest at approximately 4:00 PM on Friday, June 24, 2011.

John Fitzpatrick shows us one of his notecards on which he explains how the Irish Brigade moved as a column towards the area of the John Weikert Farm. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:00 PM on Friday, June 24, 2011.

In Video #9 John Fitzpatrick is standing near the junction of Crawford Avenue and the Wheatfield Road. He shows how the Irish Brigade attempted to correct their alignment after they had marched to this area on July 2, 1863. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:00 PM on Friday, June 24, 2011.

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