Category Archives: Civilians

Citizen Volunteers Inspire at Gettysburg

This week for three days, June 4 through June 6, leaders from across the country have gathered in Gettysburg for a summit to promote large scale national service, either military or civilian.  The effort is known as the Franklin Project, … Continue reading

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Women, Gettysburg and the struggle for freedom

In honor of women’s history month and International Women’s Day on March 8, I am setting aside our series about 2014 goals to reflect on a few of the women of Gettysburg and the role they played in the struggle … Continue reading

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Fields of Conflict III: Rose Farm Damages, Claims, and Awards

  This is the third post on the Gettysburg battlefield farms.  This post will cover the compensations claims made by Francis Ogden, John Rose, and George Rose.  It offers a window into the confusion residents faced after the battle as … Continue reading

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Gettysburg 150th – July 4 Battlefield Experience Programs

    Alexander Gardner, Timothy O’Sullivan and James F. Gibson were photographers. Gardner had managed the Washington, D.C. branch of Matthew Brady’s photographic gallery from 1860 to 1863, when he left to establish his own studio in the city. When news … Continue reading

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The Quartermaster’s Tale – Part 2

    In my last post we met Captain W. Willard Smith, an assistant quartermaster who was sent to Gettysburg after the battle, along with Captain Henry B. Blood, another quartermaster, to see to the clean-up of the field and recovery … Continue reading

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What Happened to Gettysburg’s Confederate Dead?

Gettysburg National Military Park Rangers, interns, and volunteers are frequently asked a series of questions by visitors starting with:  Where are the Confederate dead buried?  Many of these visitors have walked through the Soldiers’ National Cemetery where they noticed the … Continue reading

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Eliza W. Farnham – An Unsung Heroine of Gettysburg

    Eliza W. Farnham was a woman who did not just advocate for reform and help to the poor and dispossessed. She lived her beliefs – vigorously. Born in 1815 in Rensselaerville, New York, she spent part of her life … Continue reading

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