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Behind the Scenery: Gettysburg’s Cannon Shop

In an out-of-the-way industrial building in Gettysburg, National Park Service preservation workers grind it out, day after day. Literally. This blog post explores Gettysburg National Military Park’s cannon carriage restoration shop. More than 1300 monuments mark the fields at Gettysburg … Continue reading

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James Jackson’s Civil War: The Story of a Confederate Colonel Accused of Cowardice at Gettysburg – Part II

Continued from Part I of James Jackson’s Civil War: The Story of a Confederate Colonel Accused of Cowardice at Gettysburg. It is extremely difficult to make sense of Colonel James Jackson’s performance at Gettysburg. The letter he wrote to his … Continue reading

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James Jackson’s Civil War: The Story of a Confederate Colonel Accused of Cowardice at Gettysburg – Part I

Wearily, the suffering, young veteran sat up in bed; then, slowly, he rose to his feet.  Colonel James Washington Jackson was only 33 years old but the war had wrecked him, left him broken. A few years earlier he was … Continue reading

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The Neinstedt 1 Fire at Gettysburg

Final preparations are underway for the prescribed fire at Gettysburg National Military Park that will take place Tuesday, October 7, weather permitting. National Park Service (NPS) fire specialists will burn 30 acres northwest of the intersection of United States Avenue … Continue reading

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Another Piece of the Puzzle on Cemetery Ridge

Yesterday, another piece of the puzzle was locked into place on Gettysburg’s Cemetery Ridge when National Park Service (NPS) staff moved the Battery F 5th U.S. Artillery monument back to the spot where it had originally been placed more than … Continue reading

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Gettysburg in My Hometown: Lieut. Col. Taylor, 20th Indiana Infantry

The stories of the individuals involved in the battle of Gettysburg are profound. They are told and retold, written about again and again, and never cease to captivate audiences. Park visitors travel hundreds of miles, sometimes thousands, to be at Gettysburg … Continue reading

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The Enduring Might of Melody and Verse: Songs of Victory!

In our final post examining music inspired by the battle of Gettysburg, we have three songs about the Union victory: Gettysburg!, The Heroes of Gettysburg, and George Meade: The Hero of Gettysburg. Gettysburg! Another song commemorating the Union victory at … Continue reading

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The Enduring Might of Melody and Verse: Instrumental Pieces

We continue our look at music inspired by the Battle of Gettysburg, and today present two instrumental pieces: Pickett’s Charge March, and the Battle of Gettysburg.   Pickett’s Charge March While the Battle of Gettysburg was a defeat for the … Continue reading

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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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