Tag Archives: Gettysburg Campaign

Halleck and Meade in the Days After Gettysburg

Making fun of Henry Halleck is almost a cottage industry unto itself. For instance, when I mention him in talks, I tend to point out that he looks like he spent the night on a park bench before shuffling into … Continue reading

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Meade: “A Great Deal Too Much Fuss”

On the afternoon of July 7, 1863, George Gordon Meade arrived in Frederick, Maryland, as his army marched in pursuit of the retreating Army of Northern Virginia. Word of his major victory at Gettysburg had already circulated widely, and Meade … Continue reading

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Tardy Daniel Sickles and the First Slow Steps Toward Controversy

When people think of Dan Sickles at Gettysburg, the first thing that comes to mind is his ill-fated move toward the Peach Orchard on July 2. Ordered to hold a position that extended the Union line south from Cemetery Hill … Continue reading

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An Alarming “Good Morning”

On June 28, 1863, General George Gordon Meade woke to find officers around his cot. At that early morning hour, he assumed he was under arrest. That army politics had finally caught up with him. Instead, the news was possibly … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: York County History Center

Recently, a project at my real job took me to York, Pennsylvania, and when I finished my task, I had a about 90 to spare before I wanted to get on the road to home. Since it was rainy, I … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 6/6-6/12/22

Do you have a favorite historic site to visit/explore along the Gettysburg Campaign routes?

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McIlvaine’s Hotel: A Landmark on the Road to Gettysburg

For those who over the years have traveled to Gettysburg with some regularity, I’m sure that each of us have some landmarks that once passed let us know we really are on the way to Gettysburg. For myself, there’s still … Continue reading

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On The March to Gettysburg with the 20th Maine

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain’s description of the 20th Maine Regiment’s march to Gettysburg in the night of July 1, 1863, reads like colorful, creative writing. Here’s the excerpt:

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Question of the Week: 3/21-3/27/22

Time travel question! You have to participate in the marching portion of the Gettysburg campaign. Whose brigade do you want to march with? Why?

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Yellowhammers and Environmentalism: Following Law’s Alabama Brigade to Gettysburg (interlude)

Read the first three parts of this story here. This is a continuation of a journey taken in one day in the summer of 2003, with my friend Joe Loehle, following the route of Law’s Alabama Brigade, from Raccoon Ford, … Continue reading

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