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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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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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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Moritz Tavern

Part of a Series. Just north of the Mason-Dixon Line stands the location of Moritz Tavern. This tavern, today the home of an auto salvage yard, is where Union Left Wing commander Major General John F. Reynolds spent the last … Continue reading

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

Part One No battle of the American Civil War has generated more ongoing and enduring controversies than the Battle of Gettysburg. With the anniversary of the battle looming once more, I wanted to address one of the more heated and … Continue reading

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Nobody Can Truly Understand the Battle of Gettysburg Without a Solid Understanding of the Battle of Chancellorsville

Although I am best known as a “Gettysburg guy,” I have long been absolutely fascinated by the battle of Chancellorsville. Last month, I spent 2.5 days leading a tour of the sites associated with the Chancellorsville Campaign for several fellows … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The First Federal Cannon Shot

Part of a Series. At the base of the monument to Brigadier General John Buford are four cannon. These cannon are not on carriages like the other 400 or so cannon on the Gettysburg Battlefield; rather the cannon sit within … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Death of George W. Sandoe

Part of a Series. George Washington Sandoe was a local of the Gettysburg area, hailing from Mount Joy, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately for George Sandoe, he has the unenviable title of being the first Union soldier killed in Gettysburg. Sandoe was part … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path—Revamp

As the 150th anniversary events of the Civil War draw to a close, I have a feeling that many of our readers will be jonesing for a little battlefielding. With this in mind, I thought that I would revamp my … Continue reading

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Saving the McLaws Silver

We sometimes forget how much we have depended on the last 150 years to ensure our Civil War heritage is here for us to enjoy and study. Myriad causes have removed pages from the Civil War story. The Second World War wiped … Continue reading

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The Curmudgeon, The Eccentric, and the “Norse God”: How Three Men Impacted the Battle of Gettysburg: Part Nine

Part nine in a series.  “…a timely diversion…” Everything was seemingly going well for the Confederates on July 1st. Although the Army of Northern Virginia had blundered into the enemy, they had engaged two Federal corps and driven them from … Continue reading

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