Category Archives: Faces of Gettysburg

Profiles in Courage: Understanding War through Soldier Photos

    The American Civil War produced thousands of evocative images that stirred the emotions of citizens all across the nation. Almost like video footage on cable news channels today, 1860s photography served as a portal for the grotesque and previously … Continue reading

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Faces of Gettysburg – Lieutenant William E. Harris, Company F, 45th North Carolina Infantry

   The 149th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg is past and I thought this was an appropriate moment to reflect on the battle’s personal impact. Each casualty of that battle has its own story. We need to hear them … Continue reading

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Faces of Gettysburg – Francis Ashbury Wallar – Medal of Honor Winner

   He went by Frank rather than Francis or Ashbury. When he died on April 30, 1911, Earl Rodgers, Wallar’s former commander of old Company I, 6th Wisconsin, recalled; “Wallar was one of the few soldiers who at no time … Continue reading

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Faces of Gettysburg – George Deichler, 69th Pennsylvania Infantry

I often relate the story of George Deichler to students and visitors as an example of both why the Union ultimately prevailed in the Civil War and the steep price some of the survivors paid to ensure the Union was … Continue reading

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Faces of Gettysburg – Courage

June 25, 2011     Burlington Cunningham was nicknamed “Burl” by his comrades. He enlisted as a private in Company K, 19th Indiana Infantry on July 29, 1861. The 19th became a part of the famous Iron Brigade. At the Battle … Continue reading

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