137th Anniversary

Hotchkiss 2021 Reunion Plans

August 2021 will be the 137th anniversary of the Hotchkiss Family Association. It s a big deal! Plan on attending our reunion on August 6, 7, & 8 at Gettysburg, PA.

Don Hotchkiss has the plan in place for the event schedule.

Hotchkiss descendants have served in every war since arriving in the New Haven Colony about 1638. Don Hotchkiss, our military genealogist and expert on Gettysburg has gathered the records of hundreds who have served.

The weekend will include tours of the military cemetery where two Hotchkiss’ are buried, the Visitors Center, Gettysburg Cyclorama, a battlefield tour with our own Hotchkiss Gettysburg expert, a ghost tour and an Eisenhower Home tour.

Friday evening will feature a ‘Welcome’ get together. During the weekend we’ll see the reenactors camp with ‘show and tell’, and a meal or two at historic taverns. We’ll have our evening program on Saturday.

Don has set up a block of rooms set up at The Inn at Herr Ridge with breakfast included. Also in the works for Sunday is a tour of the Eisenhower Home. Mark your calendar today! Plan to make it a family affair; bring your children and grandchildren. There is nothing like seeing where history was made to understand our history and appreciate our heritage. Watch for the next newsletter for more information. We’ll have reminders of the schedule. If you need a reservation form, just send us your email and we’ll send it to you. We’ll also provide ideas for area sightseeing to include in your trip.

For any questions please contact us

Don Hotchkiss has created a booklet that explains what happened to all the Hotchkiss men who served in the three-day battle that took place in Gettysburg between July 1 and July 3, 1863.  The booklet describes the actions taken each day by the Union and Confederate forces to which our relatives were assigned and what our ancestors were most likely engaged in doing with these units.  The diary of Jed Hotchkiss serving with the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia tells us what was going on at a higher level of command each day.

The Hotchkiss Family at Gettysburg (PDF 11MB)

The Backstory of The Hotchkiss Family at Gettysburg (PDF 1MB)

The Hotchkiss Family at Gettysburg Saturday Program (PDF 300KB)