Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in September at his blog Maine at War:
September 4, 2019: Artillery back story at Gettysburg, Part 1
On the Lutheran seminary campus at Gettysburg, a low gray stone and an oxidized 12-pounder Napoleon identify the site where Captain Greenlief T. Stevens deployed his 5th Maine Battery on July 1, 1863. There is a detailed back story as to why this often overlooked monument wound up diagonally down the street from the seminary’s main building.
September 11, 2019: Artillery back story at Gettysburg, Part 2
In 21st-century real estate parlance, the “location, location, location” of Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary explains why the 5th Maine Battery and other Union batteries converged on the school through the morning of July 1, 1863. Gettysburg had vied with Chambersburg and Hagerstown in 1826 to host a new Lutheran seminary.
September 18, 2019: Artillery back story at Gettysburg, Part 3
Bringing the 12-pounder Napoleons of his 5th Maine Battery into line on the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary campus around 2 p.m., July 1, 1863, Captain Greenlief T. Stevens runs some of his guns between the 3-inch cannons of Battery B, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery.
September 25, 2019: Artillery back story at Gettysburg, Part 4
Advancing relentlessly, Confederate infantrymen bust the Union line at the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary in late afternoon on July 1, 1863. Captain Greenlief T. Stevens orders his men to limber up and scamper.