Category Archives: Battles

From Waterloo to Cemetery Ridge

As the 152d Anniversary of Gettysburg passes into the rearview mirror, I cannot help but also note the juxtaposition of last month’s Bicentennial of Waterloo. Both of these battles are among the most discussed and debated events in military history. … Continue reading

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111th New York Monument

An infantryman from the 111th New York stands at dawn, waiting anxiously and gazing out across the open fields toward Seminary Ridge and the Confederate lines.

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Sunset at Devil’s Den

A view west from the rocks of Devil’s Den toward the Emmitsburg Road.

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Josiah Benner Farm

Part of a Series. On the north side of Rock Creek, along the Harrisburg Road, sits the Josiah Benner Farm. At the time of the battle the farm encompassed 123 acres of the Gettysburg battlefield and served as the front … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Jones Artillery Line

Part of a Series. Tucked between two housing plans are a few Civil War cannon. They represent Lieutenant Colonel Hilary Jones’ Confederate artillery line on the July 1st battlefield. Jones was the chief of divisional artillery for Major General Jubal … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Eagle Hotel and Christ Lutheran Church

Part of a Series. Contrary to popular belief, Old Dorm (also known as Schmucker Hall) at the Lutheran Theological Seminary was not Brigadier General John Buford’s headquarters on the night before the battle of Gettysburg. Buford actually stayed in downtown … Continue reading

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An Elusive Doctor at Gettysburg

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Sarah Kay Bierle. Generals oversee battles. Soldiers fight. Civilians hide. Surgeons amputate. What does a medical director do during a battle? More specifically: what did Dr. Hunter McGuire do at Gettysburg? … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Colors of the 149th Pennsylvania

Part of a Series. On the afternoon of July 1, acting 1st Corps commander Major General Abner Doubleday re-positioned his men in and around Herbst Woods. Deployed in the open fields of the Edward McPherson Farm, just north of the … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Capture of James Archer

Part of a Series. Brigadier General James J. Archer was a brave and tough commander, with the appropriate nickname “The Little Gamecock”. Archer was a graduate of Princeton University, who had received a commission to the rank of Captain during … Continue reading

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An Enduring Controversy: The Pipe Creek Circular and the Battle of Gettysburg

Part Two In part one of this two-part series, we examined the content of the Pipe Creek Circular, and we also looked at the Pipe Creek Line itself. In this, the second part, we will examine the controversy created by … Continue reading

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