Category Battles

Sacred Trust 2022 Day One

Today was the first day of the Sacred Trust 2022 lectures at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center. The Gettysburg Foundation debuted a large LCD screen for displaying PowerPoint slides. After some technical difficulties were corrected it worked great. All the presentations were filmed for YouTube, and I’ll post the YouTube videos when they […]

Don’t Give an Inch

This book by Chris Mackowski, Kristopher White, and Daniel Davis is another in the excellent “Emerging Civil War” series, this one a continuation of the examination of the battle of Gettysburg. This particular book focuses on July 2, 1863, the second day of the battle. Like all the other books in the series, the book […]

NCWM Lessons in History with Garry Adelman “Rocky Bulwarks, The Attack and Def. of Gburg’s Boulders”

Here’s Garry Adelman at the National Civil War Museum discussing some of the geology of Gettysburg and how it affected the battle. The video’s description reads, “Garry Adelman, Chief Historian of the American Battlefield Trust, presents ‘Rocky Bulwarks: The Attack and Defense of Gettysburg’s Boulder-Strewn Slopes.’ Gettysburg’s diabase boulders have delighted photographers from 1863 until […]

Fight Like the Devil

This book by Chris Mackowski, Kristopher White, and Daniel Davis is an introduction to the action on July 1, 1863 at Gettysburg. This is part of the excellent “Emerging Civil War” series of books. Like the other books in the series it contains a tour of the battlefield as well as excellent maps and illustrations […]

Lincoln’s Generals

This book of essays edited by Professor Gabor Boritt seeks to analyze the relationships between Abraham Lincoln and five of his top generals. As Professor Boritt tells us, “This book takes a hard look at the interaction of five leading generals with their Civil War commander-in-chief. The choice of the five lieutenants no doubt colors […]

Grant Rises in the West

This book is a reissue of what had been Volume Four of Kenneth P. Williams’s Lincoln Finds a General. That multivolume work had been planned for seven volumes, but Williams only completed five volumes. This particular edition has a perceptive and highly useful introduction penned by Professor Brooks Simpson. Professor Simpson tells us [This was […]

Gettysburg National Military Park Announces Battle Anniversary Activities

The Gettysburg National Military Park posted the schedule for its anniversary activities for the battle of Gettysburg, 1-3 July. 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 National Park Service Rangers during […]

Civil War Institute Day Five

The fifth and final day of this year’s 2022 Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College began with the half-day Gettysburg battlefield tours. I took the tour with Professor Peter Carmichael following the 18th Virginia of Richard B. Garnett’s brigade during the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge. After following the 18th Virginia’s path to the Angle, we went to […]

The Civil War Institute Day Four

Today was our full day battlefield tour day. I took the South Mountain tour led by Scott Hartwig. Scott gave us an outstanding tour. He’s a font of knowledge and gave us incredible detail, without notes unless he was directly quoting someone.

Civil War Institute Day Two

Most of today’s activities were filmed by C-SPAN. I’ll post the videos once they air. We began with concurrent sessions. I chose to attend Peter Vermilyea’s presentation on the Pipe Creek Plan. His position is that Meade developed the Pipe Creek Plan as a contingency plan, and he did a very good job with it. […]