Category Gettysburg

2019 Civil War Institute Day Five

All good things, sadly, must come to an end, and the same is true for this year’s Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. Tuesday, June 18 was the final day of the conference. We started the day with local tours. One was a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA. I […]

2019 Civil War Institute Day Three

Day Three of the best five days a Civil War student has each year was Sunday, June 16, 2019. We began with Dr. Jennifer Murray of Oklahoma State University giving a wonderful presentation on the history of the Gettysburg National Military Park. You can watch it here: Next, Dr. Aaron Sheehan-Dean talked about “Violence […]

The Army of Northern Virginia After Gettysburg – Campfire Talk with Ranger Matt Atkinson

Here’s Matt Atkinson giving a terrific presentation on the Army of Northern Virginia after the Battle of Gettysburg in a campfire program.

The Planning of Pickett’s Charge – Anniversary Campfire Talk with Ranger Matt Atkinson and Son

Here’s Matt Atkinson giving a great presentation on the planning of the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge. This is a campfire presentation given outside in the evening, so as the sun goes down it’s harder to see Matt himself, but you can still see the slides.

Benning’s Brigade on July 2 – Anniversary Battle Walk with Ranger Matt Atkinson and Son

Here’s Matt Atkinson leading a battle walk on the 156th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. This was on the July 2 attack of Benning’s Brigade against Devil’s Den.

Geology and the Gettysburg Campaign

I attended this campfire lecture by Jeri Jones of Jones Geological Services at the Amphitheater at Gettysburg National Military Park. We started with a discussion of the rock cycle and geologic time. The rock cycle tells us how various rocks form. Magma in the earth forms igneous rocks. These rocks weather and erode, going to […]

Lincoln, Meade, and Gettysburg Letters

I came across these interesting letters. First, this letter from Lincoln to Meade, never sent, which is very well known. The genesis of it was a message from Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck to Meade on July 14: “The enemy should be pursued and cut up, wherever he may have gone. This pursuit may or […]