Category Lectures

Sacred Trust 2022 Day One

Today was the first day of the Sacred Trust 2022 lectures at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center. The Gettysburg Foundation debuted a large LCD screen for displaying PowerPoint slides. After some technical difficulties were corrected it worked great. All the presentations were filmed for YouTube, and I’ll post the YouTube videos when they […]

NCWM Lessons in History with Garry Adelman “Rocky Bulwarks, The Attack and Def. of Gburg’s Boulders”

Here’s Garry Adelman at the National Civil War Museum discussing some of the geology of Gettysburg and how it affected the battle. The video’s description reads, “Garry Adelman, Chief Historian of the American Battlefield Trust, presents ‘Rocky Bulwarks: The Attack and Defense of Gettysburg’s Boulder-Strewn Slopes.’ Gettysburg’s diabase boulders have delighted photographers from 1863 until […]

Civil War Institute Day Five

The fifth and final day of this year’s 2022 Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College began with the half-day Gettysburg battlefield tours. I took the tour with Professor Peter Carmichael following the 18th Virginia of Richard B. Garnett’s brigade during the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge. After following the 18th Virginia’s path to the Angle, we went to […]

Civil War Institute Day Three

Our first activity today was a panel discussion on James Longstreet featuring Jeffry Wert, Professor Carol Reardon, and Professor Gary Gallagher, moderated by Professor Peter Carmichael. Professor Reardon made the point that the Civil War generation had little concept of what strategy actually was. The consensus seemed to be Longstreet was an excellent corps commander, […]

Civil War Institute Day Two

Most of today’s activities were filmed by C-SPAN. I’ll post the videos once they air. We began with concurrent sessions. I chose to attend Peter Vermilyea’s presentation on the Pipe Creek Plan. His position is that Meade developed the Pipe Creek Plan as a contingency plan, and he did a very good job with it. […]

The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College Returns

Today marks the return of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College’s Summer Symposium after a COVID hiatus. It’s the best five days a Civil War student has during the year. Here’s the line-up: Friday, June 10 Time Event 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Check-in, College Union Building (CUB) 3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Welcome, […]

Arlington to Appomattox

Here’s Charlie Kight discussing his new book, Arlington to Appomattox, following R. E. Lee during the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Charles Knight discussed his book, From Arlington to Appomattox: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War, Day by Day, 1861-1865. This virtual program was hosted by the American Civil War Museum.”

GNMP Announces Summer 2022 Programs

The good folks at the Gettysburg National Military Park have posted their summer program schedule. 2022 Summer Ranger Programs (June 11 – August 7) Daily Ranger-led hikes, walks, and talks that explore the people and places that made history at Gettysburg. Schedule subject to change without notice. Be prepared for a variety of field conditions […]

Civil War Legacy in the South

Here’s Professor Lesley Gordon with an excellent lecture on the development of the lost cause lie. The video’s description reads, “University of Alabama professor Lesley Gordon taught a class about the end of Reconstruction, the removal of Union troops from the South, and the Compromise of 1877.”

Civil War News and Correspondence

Professor Paul Quigley moderates this excellent round table that features William C. “Jack” Davis, Professor Hillary Green, Professor Angela Esco Elder, and Dr. Caroline Wood Newhall. The video’s description reads, “Historians addressed ways the American public coped with the Civil War – by seeking information, writing letters and sharing memories. This event was hosted by […]