On Saturday August 24th, the Mount's new seminarians participated in the annual tour of the Gettysburg National Military Park and Battlefield. As in previous years, the newly ordained deacon from the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Rev. Mr. George Wunderlich, a renowned Civil War historian led the group on a four hour tour around the historic town north of Emmitsburg.
Dcn. Wunderlich frequently appears on various educational programs on the History Channel, National Geographic, BBC, A&E, PBS, and others. In addition, he has served as the executive director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine since the fall of 2002. Given Deacon Wunderlich's own Catholic background, the annual seminary tour, unlike other tours offered at Gettysburg, emphasizes specific events of the battle specifically pertaining to the Catholic Church. In conjunction with the tour of the historic town and battlefield, the new men prepared for the Saturday tour by gathering the night before in O'Donnell Lecture Hall for the annual viewing of the epic 1993 four+ hour film, Gettysburg, directed by Ronald Maxwell.