part one of a series
To commemorate Women’s History Month, I asked historian Sue Boardman if she’s be willing to spend some time showing me around her favorite places on the Gettysburg battlefield. It was my great good fortune to have her say “Yes!” (and enthusiastically so, too).
Sue is a licensed battlefield guide who, before retirement, worked for the Gettysburg Foundation. She’s also the co-author, with Chris Brenneman, of The Gettysburg Cyclorama: The Turning Point of the Civil War on Canvas (Savas Beatie, 2015). It was through that book that I came to first know Sue’s work. I’ve been fortunate since then to get to know her.
This week on the ECW YouTube page, I’ll be sharing a number of videos Sue and I shot during our day together.
I had only one request: Show me the places on the battlefield that are most important to you.
During our series, Sue will share her favorite places with us. She’ll also share stories from her time working as a Gettysburg LBG. Most importantly, she’ll share some of her own personal story. In a field dominated by men, Sue’s voice serves as an important example for young women, in particular, who are thinking about careers in Civil War public history. Beyond that, she’s a warm, gracious person whose joy at being on the battlefield is evident in every conversation she has.
Sue is someone I admire greatly, and it was a real privilege to spend the day with her on the field. (I have to warn you, it was a breezy day, so at times, you’ll have to bear with us as we fight the wind.)
In this first segment, Sue talks about her own Civil War “origin” story, which ties in with the 147th Pennsylvania Infantry.