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Preservation Opportunity at Gettysburg on the First Day Battlefield

The battle had been waging west of the small Pennsylvania town for several hours. Brig. Gen. John Buford’s Federal cavalry had slowly been falling back, eastward, from north-south ridge to north-south ridge. Buford’s men were not looking to win this … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Colors of the 149th Pennsylvania

Part of a Series. On the afternoon of July 1, acting 1st Corps commander Major General Abner Doubleday re-positioned his men in and around Herbst Woods. Deployed in the open fields of the Edward McPherson Farm, just north of the … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The First Federal Cannon Shot

Part of a Series. At the base of the monument to Brigadier General John Buford are four cannon. These cannon are not on carriages like the other 400 or so cannon on the Gettysburg Battlefield; rather the cannon sit within … Continue reading

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The Bloody Railroad Cut at Gettysburg: Part Two

The Conclusion of a Series The Army of the Potomac benefited greatly early on July 1st due to the fact that no high ranking Confederate officer seemed to want to take control of the fight. Division commander Henry Heth has … Continue reading

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Reynolds Reconsidered

The question that has always lingered in my mind, Was John Reynolds a great corps commander? Major General John Fulton Reynolds reputation as corps commander has always baffled me as an historian. He was only really tested once as a … Continue reading

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