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These Honored Dead: Samuel Fitzinger, 106th Pennsylvania

  No visit to Gettysburg National Military Park is complete without stopping at the Soldier’s National Cemetery, arguably the most important location on the battlefield. Many travel to the quiet location upon Cemetery Hill to look upon the graves of … Continue reading

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The Other Gettysburg Addresses: Presidential Orations at Gettysburg – Part 3

This week we continue with the final installment of our three part series on presidential orations at Gettysburg, focusing on the final two American presidents to offer substantive remarks on the battlefield.   Lyndon B. Johnson Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson … Continue reading

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Down Memory Lane at Gettysburg

On February 11, 1895, federal legislation created Gettysburg National Military Park.  Yes, the park was created before there even was a “National Park Service”(created 21 years later in 1916).  In fact one of the reasons I think the Gettysburg battlefield … Continue reading

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The Other Gettysburg Addresses: Presidential Orations at Gettysburg Part II

From Abraham Lincoln to Dwight Eisenhower, Gettysburg has long been associated with the American presidency. Since 1863 numerous sitting presidents have journeyed to Gettysburg, and following in Lincoln’s footsteps, have offered speeches and orations that are a reflection of how … Continue reading

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The Other Gettysburg Addresses – Presidential Orations at Gettysburg

Every orator who speaks at Gettysburg lives in the shadow of Abraham Lincoln’s 272 word address. Those brave enough to mount the podium on Dedication Day, or during any other of the numerous occasions for speechifying that the battlefield presents, usually … Continue reading

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Birthday Events at Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site

For the Centennial of the National Park Service throughout 2016, rangers and other staff at all 409 parks will be working closely with community partners, local businesses, schools, and governments to celebrate a century of serving the American public. We’re … Continue reading

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“I never saw men more resolved upon an accomplishment.” Lt. Colonel Franklin Gaillard Writes Home, Part 2.

“I have been intending to write you for some time,” the letter began, “but we were so continually on the move and the wagons with writing material not being convenient I have delayed longer than I should have.” The writer … Continue reading

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“We can whip three or four (of them) to one.” Lt. Colonel Franklin Gaillard Writes Home, Part 1.

“I had no idea that it was the beginning of so grand a movement as it has resulted in here we are now in the great and powerful state of Pennsylvania marching in the direction of her Capitol.” Seated in … Continue reading

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Yellowstone & Gettysburg: The Many Connections Between Two Iconic National Parks

Since 1916 the National Park Service has been actively involved in safeguarding, protecting, and stewarding some of the most important, scenic, and inspiring places on the North American continent. This year the National Park Service will be celebrating its centennial and over … Continue reading

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Calvin Gilbert and the Gettysburg cannon carriages

It was during the War Department-era that the park developed into what we see today. The battlefield land was transferred by Federal legislation in 1895 from the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association to the Federal government and the national military park … Continue reading

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