Tag Archives: Battle of Gettysburg

At His Post on Maryland Heights: Eliakim Sherrill and his 126th New York Infantry

The dark night and the dense foliage atop Maryland Heights made it difficult for the green soldiers of the 126th New York to discern–for the first time three weeks after their enlistment–their enemy in front of them. But they knew … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Lion of Round Top: The Life and Military Service of Brigadier General Strong Vincent in the American Civil War by H.G. Myers

Reviewed by Jon-Erik Gilot While there were many personalities on or about Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg, none loom larger than the man whose majestic mustache is outdone only by his impressive ego. See…I didn’t even have … Continue reading

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At McAllister’s Mill on July 4, 1836

McAllister’s Mill along the Baltimore Pike near Gettysburg was a hiding place along the Underground Railroad. Many enslaved individuals seeking freedom north of the Mason-Dixon Line found refuges in the Gettysburg community, though many of the stories and locations can … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 7/4-7/10/22

In your opinion, what’s the best quote from the Battle of Gettysburg? (Not the movie quotes.)

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The “Dutch” Artillery Sergeant Declares He Is NOT Retreating

The 123rd New York Infantry, part of the 1st Brigade of the 1st Division of the XII Corps of the Army of the Potomac, built substantial earthworks on Culp’s Hill on July 2, 1863. However, as the Confederate attacks on … Continue reading

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Sykes, Chamberlain disagree on who sent Vincent up Little Round Top

The 20th Maine Infantry’s veterans read the air while positioned near Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. Along with the other soldiers in Col. Strong Vincent’s 3rd Brigade, 1st Division (Brig. Gen. James Barnes), V Corps (Maj. Gen. George Sykes, effective … Continue reading

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What if John Reynolds had not been killed at Gettysburg?

John Reynolds’s unexpected death on July 1, 1863, in the opening hours of America’s most famous battle, has elevated him to near-mythic stature. His fans are tantalized by the possibilities his survival might have offered (no less so than Stonewall … Continue reading

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John Burns: The Cantankerous Neighbor

John Burns of Gettysburg seems to have several images in Civil War memory. The grim-looking fellow seated in a rocking chair when his photograph was taken. The old, oddly-dressed man who appears alongside enlisted Union volunteers with an ancient musket, … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 6/27-7/3/22

It’s a classic question, but it’s worth revisiting this time of year… In your opinion, which is the more significant turning point? Gettysburg. Vicksburg. Both. Or neither.

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Descendants of Revolutionary Riders in the Civil War

Most Americans know the story of Paul Revere and William Dawes and their midnight ride on April 18-19, 1775, through the Massachusetts countryside (Revere’s role is better know than Dawes’). I would wager that most readers of this blog know … Continue reading

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