Author Archives: Jon Tracey

In the Footsteps of the 130th Pennsylvania at Antietam

Mustered in mid-August 1862, the untested recruits of the 130th Pennsylvania Infantry barely had time to learn how to be soldiers before they were thrown into the chaotic battle of Antietam on September 17. There, they were heavily engaged in … Continue reading

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A.C.L. Gatewood, the Lost Cause, and Two Different Accounts of the Appomattox Campaign

Andrew Cameron Lewis Gatewood came from an influential family in Bath County, Virginia. Before the war, the wealth and status of his family helped secure him a position as a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute. He spent most of … Continue reading

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The Medical Department of Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg

Nestled away in the northwestern corner of the town, Gettysburg College is a small private liberal arts college (and my alma mater) with a long history. Prior to a name change in the early 1900s, the institution was known as … Continue reading

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David Laird and The Christian Commission at Gettysburg

My ongoing work about Camp Letterman General Hospital and the treatment of the wounded following the battle of Gettysburg tends not to be the most uplifting work. Though stories of resilience and healing are common, so too are stories of … Continue reading

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Digital History Spotlight: Civil War Governors of Kentucky Interview

The Kentucky Historical Society’s Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition may not have a name that rolls off the tongue easily, but what it does have is an excellently executed digital source repository and interpretation for some of … Continue reading

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“He Stood the Operation Like A Soldier:” Lucius Davis

When we think of the Civil War, we need to look beyond just a few individual days. We need to look beyond Manassas, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, or even Appomattox. Often, we need even to look beyond 1865. The war changed … Continue reading

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2nd Company G: A Short and Atypical Service

During the gap between graduate school semesters, I’ve been taking some time to look at family trees and genealogy. After all, staring at old records is my specialty, and apparently, I can’t convince myself to just take a break! In … Continue reading

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What We’ve Learned: Primary Sources and Accessibility

What have we learned since the Sesquicentennial? My answer is best divided into personal revelations and broader implications, but they tie together. For me, I’ve learned just about everything. Not EVERYTHING, of course, but basically everything that I know now … Continue reading

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Who Was First at Gettysburg?

When one thinks of the red corps badge of the First Division, First Corps of the Army of the Potomac, the mind immediately jumps to everyone’s favorite black hat wearing westerners, the First Brigade, the Iron Brigade. However, another group … Continue reading

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A Collector’s Conundrum: James Young of the 6th New Jersey Infantry

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Jon Tracey As someone raised in South Jersey, I fell into the trap many Civil War collectors face – trying to collect local units! In doing so I have hunted down various veteran … Continue reading

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