Category Archives: Historical Memory

“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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“Killed at Spotsylvania”

After an all-night march, Union soldiers of Maj. Gen. Gouvernor Warren’s 5th Corps arrived not far from Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia on May 8th, 1864. The men were exhausted and bloodied, having trudged through the night and having for the previous two … Continue reading

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The Lee Controversy of 1903

Monuments and memorials seem to breed controversy. Take for example a current battle brewing in Florida over a proposed monument to Union soldiers killed in the battle of Olustee.  Or you could turn your gaze to Washington D.C. where battles … Continue reading

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Was Lincoln an Afterthought?

    As we near the 150th anniversary of the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery and Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address it seems an appropriate time to reflect on the question of the president’s involvement in the dedication ceremony. Was he … Continue reading

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The Dilemma of Medals

    Last Saturday we offered a series of walks on the park examining the Medal of Honor on each of the three days during the Battle of Gettysburg to coincide with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention which was … Continue reading

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The High Water Mark Monument

    Few men had a greater influence on the preservation and development of the Gettysburg battlefield than John Bachelder. Bachelder came from New Hampshire and earned his living primarily as an educator and artist. He was thirty-five years old when … Continue reading

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Ghosts

    October is a big month for the ghost industry in Gettysburg. Capitalizing on people’s fascination with the paranormal is a thriving business here and at other historical sites across the country. But this week’s post is about a different … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Monument Series – The Horse Hoof Question: An Enduring Myth

    Besides the myth that the Confederates blundered into battle at Gettysburg because they were looking for shoes, there is no more enduring Gettysburg legend than the one about the position of the horse hooves on the battlefield’s equestrian monuments. … Continue reading

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A Burial in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery

   His name was Clifford Henderson. He was from Ohio, served in the U.S. Army, but he did not serve in the Civil War, although he is buried in the Civil War section. Who was Clifford Henderson? Why was he … Continue reading

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Romances of Gettysburg – The Barlow-Gordon Incident, Part 3

    Nearly everything we know about the Barlow-Gordon incident came from John B. Gordon. What did Francis Barlow have to say about it? The answer is Barlow did not write about the war. His son Charles wrote to the National … Continue reading

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