Category Archives: Gettysburg 150th

“On My Watch”

  Looking back, I am proud to report that significant progress was made at Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site on my watch.  I arrived in March of 2010 with two key goals in mind.  I had … Continue reading

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The Gettysburg Address, 150 Years Later

On Tuesday, November 19, Gettysburg National Military Park (NMP) marked the 150th anniversary of the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, an event which was marked by Abraham Lincoln delivering his immortal Gettysburg Address.  Thousands of people attended the 90-minute ceremony, … Continue reading

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Gettysburg’s Great Address

    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.  So President Abraham Lincoln began his Gettysburg Address at … Continue reading

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Memories of the 150th – White Knuckle History

The pursuit of history, if it may be called that, is most often done in quiet and contemplative settings. We imagine the historian perched over a stack of yellowed documents in the safe confines of a library, or perhaps in … 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 – Voices of the Battle

    Sometime on the night of July 1, or perhaps immediately after the battle, Colonel Charles Wainwright, who commanded the artillery brigade of the Union 1st Corps, recorded in his diary for July 1: “[I] breakfasted soon after sunrise, [and] … Continue reading

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Gettysburg 150th – The Family Tent

    15 year old Albertus McCreary was a typical Gettysburg boy, and enjoyed “playing soldier” in his Union soldier’s hat. Believing that he was actually a member of the Union Army, Confederate soldiers almost took him prisoner, until his father … Continue reading

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Gettysburg 150th – Living History – The Armies Return to Gettysburg

    In his June 27, 1863 letter to his wife, Lt. Colonel Rufus Dawes of the 6th Wisconsin Infantry posed a question- “Our marches have been long and tiresome. What do you think of trudging along all day in a … Continue reading

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Gettysburg 150th – Battlefield Overview Hikes

    Our programming on the battlefield from July 1-4, during the 150th anniversary, may seem somewhat bewildering and overwhelming at a glance, but I assure you there is a method to our madness. If you have been following our blog … Continue reading

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Gettysburg 150th – Key Moment Programs

    The ninety minutes Ellis Spear spent on Little Round Top during the afternoon of July 2nd, 1863 were among the most confusing of his life. As an officer in the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry he had commanded men in … Continue reading

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