The website promised to show you the battlefield from a soldier's perspective but did not come close to delivering on this promise. The tour we were given only vaguely resembled what was posted on the website. The tour consisted of limited horseback riding and a lot of sitting in place. At one point we waited along side of the trail for around 20 minutes so that another group that was farther down the trail could pass. The tour guide ran out of things to say as we waited. We were told where the Virginia state moument and Bronze statue of Robert E. Lee but they were barely visible from the trail. Our group was not shown the "Witness Tree", or the "Trostle Barn" with the cannon ball hole as the website said we would see. The only difference from the advertised 1 hour ride was that we were led across Emmitsburg road but stopped immediately for about 10 minutes and began our return to the starting point at McMillan Woods. The website said we would continue to the Trostle Farm and General Sickles headquarers but we did not, we stayed in place. The trip back to the starting point took about a half an hour and completely re-traced our route. During that time no further information was given to us regarding the battle.
We paid for a licenced battlefield guide and a 2 hour tour for the price of $110 per person, and it would not have been worth it at half that price. We felt that the main tour guide was knowledgable but recounted the battle with an obvious bias toward the Confederacy and General Robert E. Lee. Another guide that was with our tour seemed to be very concerned with her pants being too short and that she had worked the night before and was very tired. She added nothing to the experience.
After the tour we picked up a brochure from the visitor's center for the self guided car tour of the battlefield and cemetary. Not only was this tour free but it gave much more information and we saw the entire battlefield, not just the Confederate side. I don't know how any of the other tour companies operate, but I would definately not recommend Cornerstone.
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