Category Gettysburg

Battle of Gettysburg and Its Consequences

Here’s Dr. Edward L. Ayers giving an excellent keynote address for the 2018 Lincoln Forum Symposium in Gettysburg, PA. The video’s description reads, “Historian Edward Ayers talked about the Battle of Gettysburg and its consequences. He described how people in the surrounding areas might have experienced the battle and the logistics of the long Confederate […]

Abolitionists’ Day 2019

On Saturday, March 2, 2019, the Thaddeus Stevens Society put on the third annual Abolitionists’ Day in Gettysburg. Like last year, they provided period music by the group “Dearest Home,” and this year featured Judy C. Williams playing the part of Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, known as “The Black Swan.” There were a number of informative […]

The Tattooed Historian Presents: Dr. Peter S. Carmichael

Here’s Professor Peter Carmichael in a terrific discussion with John Heckman, aka, “The Tattooed Historian” at the Garryowen Pub in Gettysburg, PA. They discuss Dr. Carmichael’s latest book, The War for the Common Soldier. The video’s description reads, “Dr. Peter S. Carmichael, Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, sits down for this installment […]

On Freedom’s Tenuous Edge

On February 3, 2019, Ranger John Hoptak gave an excellent presentation in the Gettysburg National Battlefield Park’s Winter Lecture Series on Gettysburg’s African American community before, during, and after the battle. He told us slavery was still legal in Pennsylvania when the town of Gettysburg was incorporated. The first slaves in the town belonged to […]

Virginia’s Civil War

This is a book of essays edited by Peter Wallenstein of Virginia Tech and Bertram Wyatt-Brown of the University of Florida. Published in 2005, it features some writings by established historians as well as what were then very young historians who are now established themselves. The book is divided into three parts: A section on […]

Pickett’s Charge

This book, published in 1959, is still very useful for students of the war. He begins by going over the general situation on July 3. “On this morning of the third day of battle the Confederates were still on the offensive. As Lee stated it, ‘The general plan was unchanged.’ On the Union right, Ewell […]

Gettysburg: Memory, Market, and an American Shrine

This book by Jim Weeks is not a history of the battle, but rather a history of how the battle has been remembered and how each generation changes the battlefield to fit how it wants to remember the battle. He tells us, “In addition to coming to terms with fundamental questions, the following chapters also […]