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ECW Weekender: Gettysburg Off The Beaten Path

Heading to Gettysburg this weekend or in the near future? We’ve pulled Kris White’s series Gettysburg Off The Path from the archives for the weekender feature. If you’re looking for some unique stories and places to explore at Gettysburg, this is for you! And if you’ve visited some of these places, leave a comment and […]

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The “Wounding” of Richard Ewell

Part of a series. Arguably the most criticized member of the Confederate high command at Gettysburg was 46-year-old Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell. Ewell assumed command of the Confederate Second Corps prior to the Gettysburg Campaign, and after the death of Lt. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. At the August 28, 1862, Battle of Groveton, […]

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Bliss Farm

Part of a series. Just like many farms on the Gettysburg Battlefield, the roughly 60-acre farm of William and Adeline Bliss lay in the no-mans land of the Gettysburg battlefield, and in the midst of the battle, the Bliss barn and home were deliberately set ablaze.* Making the farmstead a battle casualty in its own […]

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The First Shot Marker

Part of a series. On the morning of July 1, 1863, the men of Maj. Gen. Henry Heth’s division strode confidently toward the town of Gettysburg. Heth was a recent addition to the Army of Northern Virginia, having served at brigade and temporary division command at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Since Chancellorsville, General Robert E. […]

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Josiah Benner Farm

Part of a Series. On the north side of Rock Creek, and along the west side of the Harrisburg Road, sits the Josiah Benner Farm. At the time of the battle, the farm encompassed 123 acres of the Gettysburg battlefield. On the afternoon of July 1st, 1863, men of the Union 11th Corps established a […]

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Jones Artillery Line

Part of a Series. Tucked between the Gettysburg Lutheran Retirement Village and the and the Twin Oaks subdivision are a few Civil War cannon. It is a rarely visited spot by most visitors to the Gettysburg battlefield. Few venture north of Rock Creek on the July 1st battlefield to explore what has now become a […]

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Fahnestock Building

Part of a series. The average visitor to the Gettysburg battlefield often overlooks the town itself. While the battlefield proper is chock-full of stories and compelling sites, downtown Gettysburg contains a plethora of fascinating stories, too. From sharpshooters and barricades in the streets to the Confederate occupation of the borough, the town of Gettysburg was […]

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Rock of the 40th New York

Part of a series. When you first hear the nickname of the 40th New York Infantry, you might think that the regiment was filled with musicians marching off to serve in the Union Army. “The Mozart Regiment” has a nice ring to it, no pun intended. I have heard some buffs and tourists regaling others […]

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Fall of Harrison Jeffords

Part of a series. The battle in the Wheatfield was not going well for the Federals. By early evening of July 2nd, 1863, James Longstreet’s assault on the Union left flank was crashing against most of the 3rd Corps line. The initial defenders of George Rose’s twenty acre wheat field, Col. Philippe De Trobriand’s brigade, […]

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