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Gettysburg is Calling all Fourth Graders!

From sea to shining sea, our country is home to inspiring landscapes, vibrant waterways, and historic treasures that all Americans can enjoy. The Every Kid in a Park initiative enables every U.S. fourth grader and his or her family to … Continue reading

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These Honored Dead: Gettysburg’s Pearl Harbor Connection

Many visitors who come to Gettysburg National Military Park want to see where President Lincoln delivered his 272-word Gettysburg Address, and rightly so. It is one of the most popular speeches ever given in American history. Park rangers and volunteers … Continue reading

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These Honored Dead: Pvt. Albert Lentz – The First Soldier from Adams County to Die in the Great War

On the evening of March 24, 1921, the residents of Gettysburg anxiously awaited the arrival of a train that was headed west. Nearly sixty years before, they had awaited an incoming train that was carrying President Abraham Lincoln, who was … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Behind the Scenes: Buildings and Utilities

At Gettysburg National Military Park, we take care of 135 historic buildings and 1,205 other structures.  In today’s blog we’ll look at some of the outstanding work performed this summer by Dan Mazzotti and the park’s structures preservation branch. It … Continue reading

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Another View of Shelby Foote

It has become almost cliche of late to blog on the subject of Ken Burns and his monumental PBS documentary The Civil War. The rebroadcast of the remastered nine-part series has caused a flurry of activity among online commentators who … Continue reading

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“These Honored Dead:” Private Charles Speisberger, Co. D, 140th New York Infantry

The Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is the final resting place for over 7,000 veterans and their family members who have served the United States over the past 152 years. From the Devils Den to the jungles of Guadalcanal, and … Continue reading

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National Parks at 99!

On this day 99 years ago, Congress recognized the need for the creation of a federal agency to protect and develop the various parks, military battle memorials, and monuments that were rapidly being developed across the United States. Our system … Continue reading

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W. Marion McCarthy and the Mystery of the “First Shot”

The Battle of Gettysburg is one of the most well documented historical events of all time, complete with soldier’s letters, diaries, memoirs that serve to create literally thousands of books on the subject.  Despite all these resources, occasionally history throws … Continue reading

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Following in Their Footsteps: Covering the Civil War Sesquicentennial

“The war began in my front yard and ended in my front parlor.” –  Wilmer McLean From July, 2011 through April, 2015, I walked in the footsteps of history. I had the rare and incredibly fulfilling opportunity to head up … Continue reading

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Accessing Archives- A Summer of Researching the Civil War

As the Archival Research Intern at Gettysburg National Military Park during the summer of 2015, I have had the unique opportunity to conduct research at the National Archives, the Army Heritage and Education Center, Maryland Historical Society, and the Union … Continue reading

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