Actor Stephen Lane, Author of ‘The Wheatfield,’ Visits Gettysburg

Actor Stephen Lang recently traveled to our town for a book signing, hosted by The Gettysburg Foundation Visitor Center. His book, “The Wheatfield,” written for younger readers, is designed to encourage them to help others.

“The Wheatfield” tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of Union officer and Medal of Honor awardee James Jackson Purman. It describes the story of Purman, who fought with the Union Army, as he recounts fateful encounters with his friends and foes years after that fateful battle. Hindsight and the passing of time strip away allegiances to North and South.

Want to learn more about the Battle of Gettysburg and see history come alive? Tour the historic fields of Gettysburg through the perspective of a licensed battlefield guide. These tours are available year-round as well as specialty tours offered seasonally.

Avatar Actor Visits Gettysburg

Lang, perhaps best known for his role as Colonel Miles Quaritch in the movie “Avatar,” brings a historic Gettysburg battle story to life. A portion of the proceeds from books sold at the recent book signing will benefit the education and preservation mission of the Gettysburg Foundation.

The Wheatfield at Gettysburg

The Wheatfield was the location of some of the Battle of Gettysburg’s bloodiest combat, much of it close, man-to-man. Troops from six Confederate brigades were pitted against Union soldiers in regiments from four corps in the Wheatfield. Defeat vacillated between the Confederate and Union infantries, with outcomes changing from hour to hour. The fight for the Wheatfield at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, is one of the most confusing engagements of the battle and one of the bloodiest.

Fighting in the Wheatfield took place on the second day of battle, the costliest battle day during which roughly 20,000 of the 100,000 soldiers engaged in battle were killed, wounded, captured, or missing.

Deaths and The Battle of Gettysburg

Between both armies, more than 4% of soldiers died during the Battle of Gettysburg and 20% were wounded. Combat in the Wheatfield is a small vignette among the many pivotal confrontations that took place during this historic battle.

Our bus tours cover all three days of battle as we travel through the Gettysburg Battlefield. Come tour the Battlefield in person and learn more about this historic event.