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Staff of Gettysburg National Military Park

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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John Martin Steffan, Slain Patriot of the 71st Pennsylvania

John M. Steffan was the commanding officer of Company A, 71st Pennsylvania Infantry. Hailing from Philadelphia, his regiment, along with the 69th, 72nd and 106th Pennsylvania Infantry regiments, formed the famous “Philadelphia Brigade.” He was promoted to Captain in April … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Artists-in-Residence Reflect

For the past two weeks we have been privileged with the opportunity to live in the historic Klingel House and immerse ourselves in Gettysburg National Military Park, the Gettysburg community, and the surrounding countryside. With each foggy sunrise, each new … Continue reading

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Are We Reconciled?

The 152nd anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg came to a conclusion last Friday afternoon after three full days of hikes, walks, and talks. Speaking on behalf of the entire staff, we were overwhelmed with the interest, support, and enthusiasm … Continue reading

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