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Finding Connections

Over the past nine seasons, while working as an interpretative ranger at both Antietam and Gettysburg, I have met dozens —if not, hundreds—of visitors whose ancestors fought in the Civil War. Usually it is a great-great-great grandfather or great-great-great uncle, but … Continue reading

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A new future for Gettysburg’s Armory

A few years ago, the 1938 Pennsylvania National Guard Armory along West Confederate Avenue within Gettysburg National Military Park was declared excess property by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because … Continue reading

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Barksdale Remembered: A Georgia “High Private” Reflects on Gettysburg

From primary sources such as letters, diaries, and memoirs, to a volume of secondary studies on almost every aspect of the field, Gettysburg is possibly the most widely documented battle in the Civil War.  Barring a miracle, our understanding of … Continue reading

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Fire Management Plan at Gettysburg

My recent posts have been about Gettysburg NMP’s 2014 goals.  We have already looked at: addressing challenges at Little Round Top; the rehabilitation of North Cemetery Ridge; and a cultural landscape report for the first day’s battlefield.   This week we’ll … Continue reading

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An “Invincible Repugnance” – The Other Battles of General Andrew Atkinson Humphreys

General Andrew Atkinson Humphreys, commander of the Third Corps’ Second Division at Gettysburg, was a curious mixture of precision and conceit.  On the very late evening hours of July 1st, 1863, with his men maneuvering towards the battlefield, his forces … 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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Cultural Landscape Report for Gettysburg’s first day’s battlefield

In my last two blogs I wrote about important Gettysburg National Military Park goals for fiscal year 2014: addressing challenges at Little Round Top, and continuing battlefield rehabilitation on North Cemetery Ridge at the site of the old Visitor Center … Continue reading

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The Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association

When Gov. Curtin traveled to Gettysburg shortly after the battle concluded he quickly realized the need for a formal and more fitting place to bury the dead. David McConaughy, a prominent citizen, offered the land adjacent to the Evergreen Cemetery, … Continue reading

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Battlefield Rehab continues on Gettysburg’s Cemetery Ridge

This week we’ll look at another of Gettysburg National Military Park’s 2014 goals, the rehabilitation of North Cemetery Ridge   Since 2009 the park and the Gettysburg Foundation have been implementing phases of this project to return key portions of the … Continue reading

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Addressing challenges at Little Round Top

Each year Gettysburg National Military Park identifies goals to accomplish in the coming twelve months.  For our current fiscal year, which ends October 1, 2014, we are working on four projects: Little Round Top Rehabilitation / Environmental Assessment; Cultural Landscape Report … Continue reading

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