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Was Ulysses S. Grant An Alcoholic? An Analysis of Claims Made by Ron Chernow

Originally posted on Exploring the Past:
Photo Credit: Library of Congress Ulysses S. Grant has often been portrayed in textbooks and popular histories as an alcoholic, a drunkard, or at the very least someone who enjoyed a good drink from time to time. It may be safe to say that there is no other figure…

How History and Memory Converge to Make Sense of The Past

Originally posted on Exploring the Past:
Photo Credit: https://sites.google.com/a/worth.org.uk/worth-school-activities/history-society History is the process by which individuals and societies make sense of the past. Although they are often used interchangeably, the terms “History” and “The Past” are not mutually exclusive. “The Past” is the verified, factual information we know about past events in human history. We…

John Hennessy on Town Talk-April 4

Here’s an interview with Chief Historian John Hennessy of the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Battlefield on Fredericksburg’s radio station, WFVA, and its show “Town Talk” with Ted Schubel. In this discussion, Ted and John talk about new programs at the battlefield, including fitness walks. It’s a good discussion. You can access it here.

Confederates in the Attic

Originally posted on Student of the American Civil War:
This is a book by Tony Horwitz about his journey of discovery regarding the Civil War. The staff at the Gettysburg National Military Park conducted a discussion of this book over the month of January. We had a great discussion of the book. Each session was…

The Importance of Using Caution When Interpreting Personal Recollections of Historic Events

Originally posted on Exploring the Past:
When historians collect primary source documents during research, they must determine which of these sources can be relied upon when crafting an accurate interpretation of the past. This challenge is harder than it might seem at first blush. Most historians would agree that finding primary sources that are contemporary…

154th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg – Schedule of Events

Originally posted on The Blog of Gettysburg National Military Park:
The three day Battle of Gettysburg marked a turning point not only in the course of the American Civil War, but also for the future of the United States of America. Join Park Rangers and Licensed Battlefield Guides during the 154th Anniversary for a series…

Finding Meaning in the Flag: Ex-Slaves and Newsies

This is from the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College’s blog, “The Gettysburg Compiler.” It’s an article by an undergraduate student, Olivia Ortman, detailing results of her research on how African-Americans in the Civil War era viewed the confederate flag.   Finding Meaning in the Flag: Ex-Slaves and Newsies By Olivia Ortman ‘19 This post […]