Monthly Archives: November 2011

“It has been stirring times with us lately” – The Letters of Samuel Hodgman, 7th Michigan Infantry, part 3

    Following Gettysburg, the 7th Michigan was sent to New York City to assist in ending the draft riots that enveloped portions of the city. Private Frederick Oesterle of Company E wrote home that “when the mob saw these troops … Continue reading

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Off the Beaten Track – Gettysburg’s “First Shot” House

The house owned by Ephraim Wisler in 1863 was a witness to a unique moment in American history – the starting moments of the Battle of Gettysburg, which turned the tide of our nation’s history forever. The house still stands … Continue reading

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“It has been stirring times with us lately” – The Letters of Samuel Hodgman, 7th Michigan Infantry, part 2

    Two weeks after the end of the Battle of Gettysburg, on July 18, 2nd Lt. Samuel Hodgman, Company I, 7th Michigan Infantry, wrote his brother that any attempt to describe the cannonade preceding “Pickett’s Charge” was useless for “words won’t express it.” … Continue reading

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Why does the Museum and Visitor Center landscaping look the way it does?

Every morning this week, the frost has been taking its toll on the wildflowers, grasses and other native plants growing around the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.  Visitors often ask us about the unusual landscaping around the … Continue reading

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