Category Gettysburg

A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation

Here’s Ranger Dan Vermilya at the Gettysburg National Military Park’s 2017 Winter Lecture Series giving an outstanding presentation on Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation. The video’s description reads, “The Emancipation Proclamation remains one of the most misunderstood and controversial events of the American Civil War. Many today still debate its legality and what it accomplished. […]

Longstreet’s Counter-march

Here’s Matt Atkinson giving his normal outstanding performance talking about James Longstreet’s countermarch on July 2, 1863. The video’s description reads, “In one of the more controversial moments of the battle of Gettysburg, Confederate General James Longstreet’s men did not attack until mid-afternoon on July 2. This delay possibly cost victory for the Confederacy. Join […]

Sickles at Gettysburg

This book by Licensed Battlefield Guide James Hessler tells the story of Major General Daniel E. Sickles’ actions during the Gettysburg Campaign and afterward. Lawyer, politician, cad, liar, and probably embezzler. Daniel Edgar Sickles was infamous before the Civil War for murdering his wife’s lover, Philip Barton Key, son of Francis Scott Key, in broad […]

The Thompson House on March 25, 2017

On Saturday, March 25, I visited the Thompson House [aka, “Lee’s Headquarters”] to get some views of the house and its surroundings. The Civil War Trust has done some tremendous work. The outside looks great. I was also able to look through the windows to see what they’re doing inside the house as well, even […]

General Lee’s Headquarters at Gettysburg

Here’s a Civil War Trust tour of the Thompson House, aka “General Lee’s Headquarters” at Gettysburg National Military Park. Garry Adelman and Jim Lighthizer give the tour. Of course, Gen. Lee’s actual headquarters was in the field across the Chambersburg Pike from the house, but there is considerable evidence he took some meals and held […]

Civil War Talk Radio: The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign, 1863

Here’s Dan Welch, coauthor of The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign, 1863, appearing on “Civil War Talk Radio” with Gerry Prokopowicz speaking on the book he coauthored with Robert Orrison. The book is an overview of the campaign and gives us driving tours of the marches to Gettysburg and the retreat from […]

2017 Gettysburg Winter Programs

Gettysburg National Military Park kicked off their 2017 winter programs this weekend. As usual, the programs were terrific. We started with the first discussion of the book, The Killer Angels. Supervisory Ranger Chris Gwinn led the discussion this week. We focused on the first part of the book, the part dealing with June 29 and June […]