Ken Burns

Ken Burns (right)

Ken Burns (right)

He hasn’t taken one of our tours yet (or given one!) but we bumped into Ken Burns at the Virginia State Memorial on Seminary Ridge on 11 Oct 2008.  Burns is the legendary director and producer of more than 20 documentary films.  He is perhaps best known for his nine-episode film series, The Civil War (1990), which won two Emmys, two Grammys, and more than 40 other film and television awards.

Burns has an obvious passion for Gettysburg, even managing to acquire a bit part as an aide to Major General Winfield Scott Hancock in the 1993 movie, Gettysburg.  In his only line, Burns says “”General, please get down, we cannot spare you!” to which Hancock famously replies, “There are times when a corps commander’s life does not count.”

On this day in October, Burns was conducting a private tour for a small group through Gettysburg College.

One Response to “Ken Burns”

  1. Thomas Reid Says:

    The only way I can think of to improve my experience with taking a Segway tour of Gettysburg, would be having Ken Burns as our tour guide. That would be the ultimate way to tour the battlefield. Is there any way you could get Ken Burns on a Segway to lead the ultimate battlefield tour? That would be an event of a lifetime. Probably too good to be true.


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