Category Gettysburg

National Park Service Announces Schedule for Gettysburg 160th Anniversary

The National Park Service announced the schedule of their programs for the 160th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Daily Ranger Guided Programs & Events (July 1 – 3, 2023) David Wills House Museum (Open 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday – Monday)Explore the home of David and Catherine Wills and visit the place where Abraham […]

Gettysburg 1963

This book by Professor Jill Ogline Titus of Gettysburg College looks at the 100th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg through the context of the Civil Rights movement, Cold War politics, and the struggle over the memory of the Civil War. “Gettysburg’s 100th anniversary enlisted both the battle and Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address in the […]

A New Kind of Firepower that Gave Union Soldiers a Fearsome Edge

This article comes from the Winter, 2020 issue of Military History Quarterly. “On August 18, 1863—a day that saw fighting in Virginia, Kentucky, and both Carolinas—President Abraham Lincoln stood in the Oval Office with Christopher Spencer, very carefully examining his guest’s repeating rifle. ‘Handling it as one familiar with firearms,’ Spencer would later recall, ‘he […]

2023 Fortenbaugh Lecture

The Robert Fortenbaugh Lecture is held each year on November 19 and sponsored by the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. The CWI has announced the details for this year’s lecture. “The 2023 Fortenbaugh Lecture, The State of Civil War Military History, will be a roundtable discussion featuring Gary Gallagher (University of Virginia); Lorien Foote (Texas A&M University); […]

Joe Hooker Was an Ineffectual General, But Does He Deserve Credit for Transforming the Union Cavalry?

This article by Scott Hartwig comes from the May, 2023 issue of America’s Civil War magazine. “The Army of the Potomac’s cavalry received a much-needed reorganization when Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker assumed command of the Union’s largest army in the winter of 1863, transforming from a collection of mounted brigades to a formal Cavalry Corps. […]

‘Why? I Mean, We Won’: The Century-Long Battle Over This Confederate Flag

This April, 2023 story deals with the captured 28th Virginia battle flag in Minnesota’s possession. “Nearly 160 years later, a fight remains between the North and the South and it’s not over state’s rights or slavery. It’s over a flag. ‘This is a story about one of those intense little ghost battles that continue to spin […]

Sacred Trust Talks 2022 | Wayne E. Motts

Here’s Wayne Motts giving an excellent presentation at the 2022 Sacred Trust lecture series at Gettysburg National Military Park. The video’s description reads, “Motts presents in public for the first-time the complete and true story of a Union soldier at Gettysburg who fought in the battle and later died as a passenger on the ill-fated […]

Sacred Trust 2023

The Gettysburg Foundation posted the schedule for this year’s Sacred Trust series of lectures at the Gettysburg National Military Park. It kicks off with a musical program on the evening of June 30. The July 1 schedule is: 9:30 a.m. | “Small but Important Riots: The Cavalry Battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville – Thirty […]

Sacred Trust Talks 2022 | Christopher Gwinn

Supervisory Ranger Chris Gwinn, the Chief of Interpretation at Gettysburg National Military Park, never fails to deliver a great presentation, as you can see from this excellent discussion of the 75th Anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, which included a massive reunion of Civil War veterans. The video’s description reads, “Seventy-five years after the Battle […]

Sacred Trust Talks 2022 | Dr. Carol Reardon

Here’s a typically excellent presentation by Professor Carol Reardon at the 2022 Sacred Trust Talks, discussing the US Regulars. The video’s description reads, “The professional soldiers of the U.S. Army contributed to the Union victory at Gettysburg in a variety of ways. In combat, in command and in a myriad of key support roles, Regulars […]