Category Gettysburg

Pickett’s Charge–The Last Attack at Gettysburg

This excellent book by the prolific and respected scholar Earl J. Hess may well be the best tactical study of the charge in existence. It is deeply researched, well written, and contains cogent analysis and insightful conclusions. In telling us what led up to the assault, Dr. Hess writes the confederate First Corps commander Lt. […]

Union Seventh West Virginia Infantry After the War

Here’s Dr. Mark Snell discussing the 7th West Virginia during and after the Civil War, including the dedication of their monument at Gettysburg. The video’s description reads, “Mark Snell, co-author of The Seventh West Virginia Infantry, talked about the activities of the Union regiment both during the war and after, including the dedication of a monument […]

Cumberland Valley Railroad

Here’s Scott Mingus talking about the Cumberland Valley Railroad in Central Pennsylvania during the Civil War. Scott always gives a good presentation. The video’s description says, “Scott Mingus, co-author of Targeted Tracks, talked about the importance of the Cumberland Valley Railroad during the Civil War. This was a one-track railroad running from Hagerstown, Maryland, to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. […]

Command and Communication Frictions in the Gettysburg Campaign

This book by Phillip M. Cole goes beyond what most students of the Battle of Gettysburg normally get. The concept of friction in war comes from the Prussian military theorist, Carl von Clausewitz. Cole tells us, “Von Clausewitz aptly described the uncertainties or ‘frictions’ of war–the mechanisms which complicated warfare. Frictions are the constant streams […]

Iverson and O’Neal’s Brigades Redux – Gettysburg Battle Walk with Ranger Matt Atkinson

Here’s Matt Atkinson giving a typically excellent battle walk covering the attack of Iverson’s and O’Neal’s brigades on July 1, 1863 at Gettysburg. A Matt Atkinson battle walk is something you must experience in person. The video merely gives a taste.

Farms at Gettysburg

Here’s author Tim Smith talking about some of the farms on the Gettysburg battlefield. It’s interesting to see some of the stories behind the iconic places on the battlefield. The video’s description says, “Author Tim Smith talked about the subject of his book, ‘Farms at Gettysburg.’ He described the families who lived in the area […]

Spangler Farm at Gettysburg

Here’s author Ronald Kirkwood talking about the George Spangler Farm and its role in the Battle of Gettysburg. The video’s description reads, “Author Ronald Kirkwood talked about the Spangler Farm during the Battle of Gettysburg, which was used as a Union Army headquarters, an artillery reserve and a field hospital. This talk was hosted by […]