Category Archives: Battlefields & Historic Places

Unintentional Reconciliation  – Memorializing the Cavalry Fight at Gettysburg

Though not far from the Civil War’s memorial epicenter, the cavalry battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park sits relatively undisturbed by the crowds of tourists who come to see the site of the largest ever battle in the Western Hemisphere. … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The “Wounding” of Richard Ewell

Part of a series. Arguably the most criticized member of the Confederate high command at Gettysburg was 46-year-old Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell. Ewell assumed command of the Confederate Second Corps prior to the Gettysburg Campaign, and after the death … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Bliss Farm

Part of a series. Just like many farms on the Gettysburg Battlefield, the roughly 60-acre farm of William and Adeline Bliss lay in the no-mans land of the Gettysburg battlefield, and in the midst of the battle, the Bliss barn … Continue reading

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Grandpa Gus

It was nearly 50 years ago when I first made the journey went to Gettysburg. My hometown was an hour north and the two things I remember most vividly were Little Round Top and the pouring rain. There was hardly … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The First Shot Marker

Part of a series. On the morning of July 1, 1863, the men of Maj. Gen. Henry Heth’s division strode confidently toward the town of Gettysburg. Heth was a recent addition to the Army of Northern Virginia, having served at … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Josiah Benner Farm

Part of a Series. On the north side of Rock Creek, and along the west side of the Harrisburg Road, sits the Josiah Benner Farm. At the time of the battle, the farm encompassed 123 acres of the Gettysburg battlefield. … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Jones Artillery Line

Part of a Series. Tucked between The Gettysburg Lutheran Retirement Village and the and the Twin Oaks subdivision are a few Civil War cannon. It is a rarely visited spot by most visitors to the Gettysburg battlefield. Few venture north … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Fahnestock Building

Part of a series. The average visitor to the Gettysburg battlefield often overlooks the town itself. While the battlefield proper is chock-full of stories and compelling sites, downtown Gettysburg contains a plethora of fascinating stories, too. From sharpshooters and barricades … Continue reading

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Under the Guns….

In late June 1863, the Civil War’s two most decisive military campaigns were heading toward their final climatic acts in Pennsylvania, and a thousand miles away in Mississippi where Union Major General Ulysses S. Grant siege grip on Vicksburg had … Continue reading

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Picturing Union Victory – Early Images of the Surrender at Appomattox

Here’s a familiar story: On April 9, 1865, generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee met in Wilmer McLean’s parlor at Appomattox Courthouse to sign the documents that would dictate the surrender of the most important national institution in … Continue reading

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