Category Gettysburg

Union General Winfield Hancock at Gettysburg

Mr. Paul Bretzger talks about his book on Hancock at Gettysburg. Mr. Bretzger is very obviously a devoted admirer of Hancock’s. To Mr. Bretzger his hero can do no wrong. I frankly find presentations like this annoying in the extreme, and this is a prime example. The presentation is devoid of any semblance of objective […]

Gettysburg Natives Who Fought for the South

Here’s author Tom McMillan speaking on the subject of his book, Gettysburg natives who fought for the confederacy. This is a fairly good presentation. The video’s description reads, “Tom McMillan talked about Gettysburg natives who fought for the Confederacy. He described the lives of five men who moved south to Virginia in the 1850s, joined […]

Union General John Buford’s Gettysburg Defense

Here’s Eric Wittenberg giving a typically outstanding presentation. This presentation, on Brigadier General John Buford’s defense of McPherson Ridge at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, was part of the 2017 Emerging Civil War Symposium. The video’s description reads, “Eric Wittenberg, author of The Devil’s to Pay: John Buford at Gettysburg – A History and Walking Tour, […]

Did We Dodge a Bullet in Gettysburg This Summer?

Some white supremacists rallied in Gettysburg this summer on July 1, 2017. They came heavily armed. To refresh your memory, these people showed up because there was a rumor on social media that the group Antifa planned to come to Gettysburg to desecrate confederate graves. To show the level of knowledge of this group, there […]

The Attack and Defense of Little Round Top

This book by Oliver Wilcox Norton is one of, of not the earliest systematic gathering and synthesis of accounts of the action at Little Round Top on July 2, 1863. Norton was present for the battle, being the brigade bugler for Colonel Strong Vincent’s brigade of the Fifth Corps. He witnessed much of the battle […]

2017 Civil War Institute Day Five

This was the last day of this year’s CWI conference. We started with our Gettysburg tours. I took the tour following Schimmelfennig’s Brigade of the 11th Corps, led by Supervisory Ranger Chris Gwinn, Chief of Interpretation at the Gettysburg National Battlefield Park. It was an outstanding tour, loaded with terrific information. Chris did a great […]

2017 Civil War Institute Day One

The first day of this year’s Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College Summer Conference is in the books. We started off with a presentation by Professor Martin Johnson of the Miami University of Ohio. He spoke on “Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Moment,” which was the result of his investigation into how Lincoln wrote the […]