Tag Archives: Gettysburg

War’s End: Remembering a Cavalry Captain

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Sarah Kay Bierle Your brother, Captain Hugh McGuire is wounded. The message branded itself into Dr. Hunter McGuire’s mind while dread twisted like a tourniquet around his heart. The situation he had … Continue reading

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Following Orders: from “your Obd’t Servant” to SMEAC and METT-T

The Battle of Gettysburg has produced no end of enduring controversies, discussions, and disputes. Recently, on one of the Facebook sites devoted to exploring that battle, one such discussion surfaced yet again. This time the question was about J.E.B. Stuart, … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh’s Forgotten Civil War Treasure

When pondering the history of the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the first thing that springs to mind is generally not the city’s involvement in the American Civil War. Although the state hosted the most famous battle of the war, Pittsburgh seemingly stood … Continue reading

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In Memory of Harry Pfanz

The Civil War community lost a giant late last month. Harry Pfanz, former chief historian for Gettysburg National Military Park, passed away on January 27 after a long illness. He was 93. (Read his obituary in The Gettysburg Times.) Few … Continue reading

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Announcing Revolutionary War Wednesdays!

  History can resemble the peeling of an onion. There are multiple layers, each one resting on top of each other and, when peeled back, can provoke an emotion—anger, happiness, empathy, or a score of others. Like an onion, that … Continue reading

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Class of 1842

When reading a biography of a Civil War general officer, the usual biographical sketch is: West Point Military Academy educated, Mexican War experience, volunteer organization command in early stages of the war, and then the rise through the general officer ranks. … Continue reading

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What Are We Remembering at Gettysburg’s Remembrance Day?

For the past decade I have either participated in and or viewed Gettysburg’s annual Remembrance Day Parade.  To honor President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and those that gave their “last full measure of devotion,” Gettysburg has two different, annual events.  Commemorating … Continue reading

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On the First Day of Christmas . . . The Gift of War Part III

Nothing says Holiday Cheer like an indoor fir tree filled with armaments of war. Or commanded by war leaders. Or bedecked in battle flags. Nothing, I tell you. And it can all be yours with some carefree shopping on your … Continue reading

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The 3rd Maine at Gettysburg

Today, we’re pleased to welcome guest author Anthony Trusso. Although the 20th Maine Infantry gets a lot of attention for its actions at Gettysburg, due mostly to its prominence in the 1993 film Gettysburg, other regiments from the Pine Tree … Continue reading

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Howard on the Hill

For all the flak he gets, Oliver Otis Howard still cuts a striking figure on Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg.

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