Lutheran Theological Seminary
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Poignant photo – On another subject, I have often been fascinated by the etymological evolution regarding the word spellings “gray” and “grey”. Can you (or anyone at “Emerging Civil War”) tell me which was the more common spelling in nineteenth century writing?
Grey is an English spelling, while gray is the American spelling.,
In my research, I have noticed that 19th century militia groups, such as the Rockville Greys, used the “e” spelling. I kept rechecking this, as my spellcheck kept flagging it. I think it is one of those words that evolved–
This is an interesting debate my picture has sparked! I was never quite sure about the rule either, and would switch off between the versions. I guess I was feeling English when I wrote this post. Thanks for the clarification, I’ll remember this now.
To add this–I have gone back & forth as well, and in truth, to my eyes, your choice of GREY just looks better next to the word GETTYSBURG. I always see that open “a” as being visually jarring, whereas the filled-in “e” just looks–well–more grey!
Indeed, a fine atmospheric image, and on the grounds of the Lutherine Theological Seminary, but more correctly the structure seen is the Church of the Abiding Presence, built in the 1940s. It is very near the more fabled “Old Dorm” built in 1832 and used as an observation point during the battle, owing to its distinct cupola.
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