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ECW Weekender: Remembrance Day at Gettysburg

There is always a lot to see and do when visiting the battlefield and town of Gettysburg. Most visitors head to the well-known and oft visited locations of Little Round Top, Cemetery Ridge, and the fields of Pickett’s Charge. Some … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 11/13-11/19/17

On November 19, 1863, President Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address. Although some weren’t impressed in 1863, the speech is now cherished by many folks and considered one of the most famous addresses in U.S. History. Why is the Gettysburg Address … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Ultimate Guide to the Gettysburg Address

The Ultimate Guide to the Gettysburg Address  David Hirsch and Dan Van Haften Savas Beatie, LLC 2016 On November 19, 1863, after a two hour oration by featured speaker Edward Everett at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in … Continue reading

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Warrington G. Roberts: “Dedicated to the Proposition that All Men Are Created Equal”

Interred in grave 3287 at the Fredericksburg National Cemetery lays Warrington G. Roberts. This past Memorial Day I had the privilege of telling Roberts’s story during the annual Luminary program atop Marye’s Heights. Telling his story and digging even further … Continue reading

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Bivouacs of the Dead

When touring battlefields on my own or leading a group, I always try and stop by the cemeteries that are there – both to meet the men but also to reflect on the events. I try to do this whether … Continue reading

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Ike, JFK, and the Gettysburg Address

Today is the anniversary of the death of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1969. In commemoration, we offer the intertwined story of Ike, JFK, Lincoln, and the Gettysburg Address. *     *     * For the 100th anniversary of … Continue reading

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“It seemed a cruel fate for one so deserving to share in his country’s joy”: The Death of Hiram Clark at Appomattox

The Civil War in Virginia was in its closing moments. As Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia tried its last desperate attempts to break through the ever-tightening Federal cordon, the last men died.

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Lincoln Defines America

A century and a half ago today, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated for a second term as President of the United States. He then took the podium and gave his second inaugural address, the words of which are immortalized on the Lincoln … Continue reading

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