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The Enduring Might of Melody and Verse- Sentimental Songs of Gettysburg

Confederate commander Robert E. Lee has often been quoted as stating: “I don’t believe we can have an army without music.”  If he were to issue that statement again today, he might change it to: “I don’t think we can … Continue reading

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“The Home of a Rebel Sharpshooter” Revisited, Part III

Can the uniform of the dead soldier in “The Home of a Rebel Sharpshooter, Gettysburg” provide us with additional details about his identity? Possibly, but understanding how Lee’s vast army was uniformed in the summer of 1863 is a challenge … Continue reading

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“The Home of a Rebel Sharpshooter” Revisited, Part II

There are several points to consider in our attempt to identify the regiment to which the deceased “sharpshooter” belonged, which also tells the story of his death on this hillside at Devil’s Den. The first begins with the Confederate regiments … Continue reading

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“The Home of a Rebel Sharpshooter” Revisited, Part 1

One of the most iconic images of Gettysburg is the photograph of a deceased young Confederate soldier lying behind a stone barricade at Devil’s Den. This graphic image was first published in 1866 in Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the … Continue reading

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Decoding the Invasion: Part 2 – A Gettysburg Mystery Solved

Last week we highlighted a Gettysburg Campaign related letter found by our research intern Nick Welsh in the Pennsylvania State Archives. The letter, while intriguing, was completely unreadable as a result of the 151 year old cipher in which it was encoded. … Continue reading

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“A Fighting Withdrawal” – Humphrey’s Division on July 2nd, 1863: A Gettysburg Battle Walk with Ranger Karlton Smith

The almost half a mile stretch of the Emmitsburg Road, where Brig. Gen. Andrew A. Humphreys and his five thousand Union soldiers were positioned on the afternoon of July 2nd, 1863, is one of the overlooked locations on the Gettysburg … Continue reading

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Decoding the Invasion: A Gettysburg Mystery

Over the years Gettysburg National Military Park has had the great fortune to work and partner with a number of local colleges and universities. Chief among these is Pennsylvania State University. The staff and faculty at Penn State have graciously … Continue reading

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“Great in heart and mighty in valor” – General Gabriel Paul and his Mortal Wounding at Gettysburg

No other battle of the American Civil War claimed more generals’ lives than did the three-day fight at Gettysburg. At Antietam, fought in September 1862, six general officers fell either dead or fatally wounded. Six others died at Franklin, fought … Continue reading

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The Wheatfield: A Gettysburg National Military Park Battle Walk with Ranger John Hoptak

Every day throughout the summer months the staff of Gettysburg National Military Park lead visitors through the battlefield park on “Battle Walks.” These interpretive programs are a fantastic way to explore the battlefield in-depth and from the perspective of the … Continue reading

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“Who Will You Follow?” – Pickett’s Charge and the Story of the Common Soldier: The Results

Last week we asked you to take part in an experiment. And hundreds of you did. We asked the readers of this blog, and our friends on Facebook, to help us shape one of our anniversary Battle Walks by selecting … Continue reading

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