Category Archives: Civilians

The Daughters of Charity and the Battle of Gettysburg

Three days of heavy fighting during the Battle of Gettysburg resulted in more than 45,000 Union and Confederate casualties. From the time that the first shots were fired on July 1st, and for the next several weeks, the town of … Continue reading

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A Hard Road to Travel- Two Perspectives, Part 1

While the three day battle of Gettysburg is certainly the most figurative event in the eastern theater of war during the summer of 1863, the month-long campaign to reach that fateful encounter lasted from early June through mid-July, filled with … 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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Citizen Volunteers Inspire at Gettysburg

This week for three days, June 4 through June 6, leaders from across the country have gathered in Gettysburg for a summit to promote large scale national service, either military or civilian.  The effort is known as the Franklin Project, … Continue reading

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Women, Gettysburg and the struggle for freedom

In honor of women’s history month and International Women’s Day on March 8, I am setting aside our series about 2014 goals to reflect on a few of the women of Gettysburg and the role they played in the struggle … Continue reading

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Fields of Conflict III: Rose Farm Damages, Claims, and Awards

  This is the third post on the Gettysburg battlefield farms.  This post will cover the compensations claims made by Francis Ogden, John Rose, and George Rose.  It offers a window into the confusion residents faced after the battle as … Continue reading

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Gettysburg 150th – July 4 Battlefield Experience Programs

    Alexander Gardner, Timothy O’Sullivan and James F. Gibson were photographers. Gardner had managed the Washington, D.C. branch of Matthew Brady’s photographic gallery from 1860 to 1863, when he left to establish his own studio in the city. When news … Continue reading


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The Quartermaster’s Tale – Part 2

    In my last post we met Captain W. Willard Smith, an assistant quartermaster who was sent to Gettysburg after the battle, along with Captain Henry B. Blood, another quartermaster, to see to the clean-up of the field and recovery … Continue reading

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What Happened to Gettysburg’s Confederate Dead?

Gettysburg National Military Park Rangers, interns, and volunteers are frequently asked a series of questions by visitors starting with:  Where are the Confederate dead buried?  Many of these visitors have walked through the Soldiers’ National Cemetery where they noticed the … Continue reading

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Eliza W. Farnham – An Unsung Heroine of Gettysburg

    Eliza W. Farnham was a woman who did not just advocate for reform and help to the poor and dispossessed. She lived her beliefs – vigorously. Born in 1815 in Rensselaerville, New York, she spent part of her life … Continue reading

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