Category Archives: Army of the Potomac

“The enemy were on the gun and limber…” Gunner John Norwood’s narrow escape at Gettysburg.

One of most harrowing stories of the battle of Gettysburg is the experience of the 9th Massachusetts Battery. Told again and again through publications and by the monuments that mark the battery’s position at the park, it’s near destruction adjacent … 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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The Widow and Her Farm

In comparison to other farm houses in rural Adams County in 1863, the home of Lydia Leister was non-descript. The wood frame and clapboarded house was very compact and humble, situated on a small, 9-acre farm that included a log barn, … Continue reading

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“Killed at Spotsylvania”

After an all-night march, Union soldiers of Maj. Gen. Gouvernor Warren’s 5th Corps arrived not far from Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia on May 8th, 1864. The men were exhausted and bloodied, having trudged through the night and having for the previous two … Continue reading

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Is George Gordon Meade’s prestige as the “Victor of Gettysburg” at stake?

Without a doubt, George Gordon Meade had one of the toughest assignments of the war- take command of an army in the middle of a critical campaign with the objective of thwarting the invasion of Pennsylvania and Maryland by Robert … Continue reading

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Joshua Chamberlain, Little Round Top, and the Memorial That Never Was

A few months ago, prior to the arrival of the frigid weather we are now enjoying, I had the pleasure of bringing a group of visitors around Little Round Top. It was a fairly predictable tour. We visited the requisite … Continue reading

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The Confusing Case of the 80th New York Volunteers- 20th N.Y.S.M.

One of the more attractive New York monuments on the battlefield has to be the 80th New York Volunteers-20th New York State Militia monument on Reynolds Avenue. A pre-war organization that mustered into Federal service in 1861, the “Ulster Guard”- … Continue reading

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The Dilemma of Medals

    Last Saturday we offered a series of walks on the park examining the Medal of Honor on each of the three days during the Battle of Gettysburg to coincide with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention which was … Continue reading

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Memories of the 150th – The Last March of the Iron Brigade

    There is a tendency at Gettysburg National Military Park when we finish a major project or complete a special event to immediately begin to think about and plan for the next project or event that is on the horizon. … Continue reading

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Gettysburg 150th – July 2 Battlefield Experience Programs

    Captain Samuel R. Johnston was an imposing man in his time. He stood 6 feet 2 ½ inches in height with a dark complexion, hazel eyes and dark hair. Before the war he worked as a civil engineer in … Continue reading

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