Monthly Archives: May 2016

The 153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Originally posted on The Blog of Gettysburg National Military Park:
The three day Battle of Gettysburg marked a turning point not only in the course of the American Civil War, but also for the future of the United States of America. Join Park Rangers and Licensed Battlefield Guides during the 153nd Anniversary for a series…

Freedom, the Civil War, and Its Complicated Legacy

Here’s John Hennessy, Chief Historian of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, giving an absolutely fantastic lecture on the legacy of the Civil War. You might want to bookmark this and view it periodically. It’s that good. We can even forgive him for being a Penguins fan. 🙂 It’s always a treat to hear […]

The Civil War Battle Series: Sherman in Georgia

Here’s Dr. Mark DePue giving a presentation on William T. Sherman’s campaigns in Georgia. He starts with the Atlanta Campaign and then discusses the March to the Sea. Dr. James Cornelius talks about the political issues and the 1864 election. This presentation was given at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The presentation is very shallow […]

History Essay Writing Strategy

My friend and blogging colleague Keith Harris has put together a guide for students faced with writing essays for history exams. It’s free and available at his website here. If you’re a history student, if you know a history student, or if you think you’ll take a history class at some point, I recommend downloading […]

Legacies of Letterman: The Army Medical Corps, 1864-1945

Not David Letterman, but Jonathan Letterman. This is Ranger Barb Sanders of the Gettysburg National Military Park giving a 2016 winter lecture on how the innovations of Jonathan Letterman led to improvements in the Army Medical Corps from the Civil War to World War II. The video’s description reads, “Education Specialist Barb Sanders explores advancements […]

Historian Eric Foner on the Elections, Reconstruction, and Racism Today

Here’s Professor Eric Foner of Columbia University in a wonderful interview where he connects historical events in the Antebellum United States, the Civil War, and Reconstruction to today’s events, showing the historical context for much of the political arguments we’re having today. The video’s description reads, “Making sense of the election season with a historian. […]

The Furled Banner

Here’s historian John Coski of the American Civil War Museum giving a lecture on the confederate flag. This is a wonderful lecture. The video’s description reads, “Father Abram Ryan’s 1865 poem, ‘The Conquered Banner,’ made the Confederate flag a metaphor for the defeat of the Confederacy: furl the banner, but revere the memory of the […]

Furled and Unfurled: A History of the Confederate Battle Flag at Gettysburg

Here’s Supervisory Ranger Chris Gwinn giving an absolutely fantastic presentation on the confederate flag’s display at Gettysburg over many years from the battle itself to the present day. This was part of Gettysburg National Military Park’s 2016 Winter Lecture series. The video’s description reads, “Few symbols are as recognizable or as controversial as the Confederate […]

Could a new shopping center ruin a historic Gettysburg battlefield site?

A project in the conceptual phase now would, if implemented, develop approximately 100 acres of land encompassing much of Camp Letterman, the site of the hospital area established by Army of the Potomac Medical Director Jonathan Letterman, and extending toward and next to the Daniel Lady Farm, used as a confederate field hospital, in Gettysburg. […]

The US House of Representatives Votes to Remove Confederate flags from VA Cemeteries

A bipartisan 265-164 vote of the US House of Representatives, eighty-four Republicans joined almost all the Democrats in proposing to ban the confederate flag from mass display in all Veterans Administration cemeteries. The bill, which still needs to pass the Senate, would allow small, individual flags on individual graves but would not allow confederate flags […]