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Lt. William R. Warner, 13th Massachusetts Infantry

William R. Warner enlisted early in the war, July 16, 1861, at Fort Independence, Boston Harbor.   At age nineteen, he was one of the many recruits that rushed to defend the flag and stamp out the Rebellion.  Probably because he … Continue reading

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Into the Fight with the 4th Texas

  I had the opportunity recently to delve into the regimental files here at the park library and do a little digging on the 4th Texas Volunteer Infantry.  Being one of the more famous Confederate units to take part in the … Continue reading

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Gettysburg’s New Foundation Document

To effectively manage a national park and plan for its future, a basic understanding of its resources, values, and history is needed – a foundation for planning and management. These are called foundation documents. Foundation documents are at the core … Continue reading

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Find Your Story: The New McKenna Resource Room at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center

Ever wonder if you have family ties to the historic Battle of Gettysburg? Looking for more information on your ancestor who may have served during the American Civil War? More than 165,000 Americans fought in the Battle of Gettysburg and more … Continue reading

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A Victory on South Cavalry Field

Brig. Gen. Wesley Merritt is not a household name. Even among aficionado’s of the Battle of Gettysburg, Merritt’s involvement in the fighting on July 3rd, 1863 is often a footnote to a footnote, overshadowed by larger events occurring elsewhere at the … Continue reading

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A grand old birthday for the National Parks!

  Today is our birthday: 100 years old!  The national parks include 413 of the country’s most distinctive places, from iconic scenery such as Yosemite and the Everglades to historic sites like Gettysburg and Little Rock High School, as well … Continue reading

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Flowers for Mom: The Tragic Tale of a WWII Lieutenant Laid to Rest at Gettysburg

  Summer is often a moment of jubilation as students depart school and families plan much-anticipated vacations. Yet, it is also a fitting time for reflection as our nation commemorates somber holidays and anniversaries that reflect our national struggles. The … Continue reading

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A Walk through Ziegler’s Grove

Today, despite the blazing heat, we thought we would show you some images of the work currently being done at Ziegler’s Grove and at the old National Cemetery Parking Lot. For background on why construction and rehabilitation is happening at … Continue reading

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Side by Side: Two Civil War Paintings

The painting on the left is “The Armed Slave” by William Spang, painted in 1870.  Officially known as “A Virginia Slave – A Hero of Harpers Ferry,” it is now on display in a new exhibit at Gettysburg National Military Park. … Continue reading

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“I don’t think we can have an Army without music” – Music of the 1860’s

  “I don’t think we can have an Army without music.”  – General Robert E. Lee, CSA[1]  The German author and poet, Berthold Auerbach once wrote, “Music washes away the dust of everyday life.” People have always needed music; to … Continue reading

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