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Down Memory Lane at Gettysburg

On February 11, 1895, federal legislation created Gettysburg National Military Park.  Yes, the park was created before there even was a “National Park Service”(created 21 years later in 1916).  In fact one of the reasons I think the Gettysburg battlefield … Continue reading


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Gettysburg – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

First the good: Earlier this month Gettysburg National Military Park was honored when the head of our monument preservation team received a national award for excellence for the care of monuments, cannon, plaques, fences, headstones and signs. All the monuments … Continue reading

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Lincoln Speech Memorial Repair/Rehabilitation

The National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center just completed this project to address maintenance preservation issues associated with the Lincoln Speech Memorial in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg National Military Park. The Lincoln Speech Memorial is unique: it … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenery: Gettysburg’s Cannon Shop

In an out-of-the-way industrial building in Gettysburg, National Park Service preservation workers grind it out, day after day. Literally. This blog post explores Gettysburg National Military Park’s cannon carriage restoration shop. More than 1300 monuments mark the fields at Gettysburg … Continue reading

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The Neinstedt 1 Fire at Gettysburg

Final preparations are underway for the prescribed fire at Gettysburg National Military Park that will take place Tuesday, October 7, weather permitting. National Park Service (NPS) fire specialists will burn 30 acres northwest of the intersection of United States Avenue … 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 Repair of the 11th Massachusetts Infantry monument at Gettysburg

Gettysburg National Military Park monument preservation staff placed a new carved granite arm for the 11th Massachusetts Infantry onto its pedestal on the battlefield earlier today (on Thursday, April 11, 2013).  The work started at approximately 8 a.m. and was … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Monument Series – The Horse Hoof Question: An Enduring Myth

    Besides the myth that the Confederates blundered into battle at Gettysburg because they were looking for shoes, there is no more enduring Gettysburg legend than the one about the position of the horse hooves on the battlefield’s equestrian monuments. … Continue reading

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“You don’t go to Gettysburg with a shovel… It’s all about respect.”

Last weekend was the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912. Being a lover of history, the Titanic disaster has always interested me since I was a young boy. On April 4th, I happened to catch … Continue reading

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