Category Archives: Weapons & Artifacts

Side by Side: Two Civil War Paintings

The painting on the left is “The Armed Slave” by William Spang, painted in 1870.  Officially known as “A Virginia Slave – A Hero of Harpers Ferry,” it is now on display in a new exhibit at Gettysburg National Military Park. … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Museum Collections Now Available Online

Researchers from all over the world can access the core of Gettysburg National Military Park’s collections remotely now that more than 40,000 images and catalog records for the Gettysburg collection are online. To see the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Collections … Continue reading

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Conserving Artifacts for Museum Display

The National Park Service Harpers Ferry Center conservation labs have started the conservation of artifacts for rotation into the exhibits at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.  Over 150 artifacts ranging from signal flags to feedbags are … Continue reading

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A Gettysburg Valentine

After the battle, a Gettysburg resident found this note on the back of a valentine: “July 2nd, 1863.  Mr. Yankee: Your house is not torn up at all, compared with the way your Soldier did at Fredericksburg.  I only killed … Continue reading

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Confederate Cannons, Yankee Church-Bells

    On West Confederate Avenue, located just to the north of the North Carolina Memorial, stands an interesting artillery piece. It is a 12-pounder, bronze, but cast in the Confederacy, at Memphis, Tennessee in 1862 by the firm of Quinby … Continue reading

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From The Library Files – “Consolidated Return of the Loss and Expenditure of Artillery and Artillery Material in the Battle of Gettysburg”

How is that for a title! Every so often I plan on pulling some document from our research library files to share with those who follow the blog and to explore what we can learn from it. This is rare document … Continue reading

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Weapons at Gettysburg – The Spencer Repeating Rifle

For many years, students of the Battle of Gettysburg have sung the praises of the Spencer rifle and its contribution to the great Union victory.  Numerous authors have suggested that it was the Spencer that helped derail the Confederate attack … Continue reading

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