Here are some heartfelt remarks from Ranger Bert Barnett on the passing of historian Harry Pfanz. Well done.
On the early afternoon of January 31st, the staff at Gettysburg National Military Park received a jolting bit of news: one of our own, in a large and treasured sense, had passed. And while the announcement of the death of Dr. Harold “Harry” Pfanz, while not wholly unexpected, certainly saddened many, it also gave us cause to once again recall the man for some whose very name meant “Gettysburg.”
Personally, from my perspective, as an interpretive ranger fairly new to the battlefield at the time, Dr. Pfanz was a quiet, unassuming gentleman; though one already looked upon with quiet reverence given the recognition earned by his first work, Gettysburg: The Second Day. I was privileged to meet the good Doctor in the early ‘90’s, during his research on his second work, Gettysburg: Culp’s Hill & Cemetery Hill. At that moment, he was on his way…
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