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  1. SWMODave

    On the Gettysburg Address - by Shelby Foote

    November 19, 1993 - Speech given at dedication in Gettysburg It is an awesome, indeed a daunting thing to stand here where perhaps the greatest American—in or out of public office, high or low—stood, 130 years ago, and delivered what he later called ‘my little speech.’ His predecessor on the...
  2. M

    Bloody ground Gettysburg

    So, is the red color of the clay at Gettysburg due to all the blood, or was it already red due to minerals?
  3. Tom Elmore

    Capture of General Longstreet at Gettysburg - July 2 or July 3?

    [Preface: Normally I rely more heavily on eyewitness accounts than post-war analysis, but this case is clearly an exception. Of course we know Longstreet was not captured during the battle, but evidently at the time it was widely believed within the Union army, as well as by the local...
  4. MRB1863

    Where is it Wednesday, Gettysburg?

    Identify the location of this photo:
  5. R

    The weather during the Battle of Gettysburg

    I have often seen in Civil War literature, both fiction and non-fiction, this idea that the weather at the Battle of Gettysburg was unusually hot and humid. The scientific data, however, doesn't bear this out. In fact...the data tells us the weather during parts of the battle, as well as the...
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    Un-Famous Stories From Gettysburg That Should Be

    Rev. M.L. Cummings was a student at Gettysburg's Lutheran Seminary in July, 1863. He later recounted a moment inside that three days of mass horror that reminded him why he studied theology in the first place. That isn't a religious statement- it's a ' Do unto others ' statement. Image public...
  7. JPK Huson 1863

    September 1863, The End Of Gettysburg's Longest Summer

    Letterman, mostly referred to in Gettysburg's local newspapers as General Hospital still housed over 1,000 wounded by September. Union and Confederate soldiers healed or died side by side. There may be wounded of both armies in this Tyson image. July's great invasion of Pennsylvania had ebbed...
  8. rbellamy

    Captain Bigelow's Retreat on July 2 to the Trostle Farm

    On the afternoon of July 2 at Gettysburg, Captain Bigelow withdrew his 6 Napoleons "by prolonge." How exactly was this done? Descriptions in histories are vague - even Bigelow's own account. I know how the prolonge is attached and that the cannon is fired and pulled back on the recoil, but how...
  9. JPK Huson 1863

    Fact V. Myth? John B. Gordon Finds Francis Barlow Twice

    General Francis Channing Barlow, Haper's Weekly 1865 Here's a few famous moments from July 1st, 1863 to track down- plus a few from 1899. Did John B. Gordon find Francis Barlow twice? Ot even once. There's so much disagreement out there I just cannot ascertain what on earth the case would be...
  10. Yankee Brooke

    The story of Wesley Culp.

    A family trajedy is one of the saddest stories of the Battle of Gettysburg. Wesley Culp was a native of Gettysburg. As a boy, he played in the streets of Gettysburg and hunted in the woods of Culp's Hill which belonged to his uncle, Henry Culp. When Wesley became a teenager, he went to work in a...
  11. lelliott19

    Day 2: McLaws on Failed Reconnaissance

    "But when Major Johnson [sic], who was conducting my division, came suddenly in view of Round Top, with the enemy's signal flags waving thereon, he appeared equally as astonished as I was. And, therefore, if General Lee was relying on his report, he was misinformed as to the true condition of...
  12. JPK Huson 1863

    Healing The Wounds That Bind Us, Our Daughters Of Charity Blueprint At St. Francis Xavier 1863

    St. Francis Xavier, top right, first church to open its doors to wounded around noon, July 1st. The church sustained so much damage, much from blood dripping from boards laid over pews, it could not reopen until 1864. Union and Confederate surgeons worked here together on Union and Confederate...
  13. lelliott19

    Day 2: McLaws Arrives in View of the Enemy

    "While this was going on I rode forward, and getting off my horse, went to some trees in advance and took a good look at the situation, and the view presented astonished me, as the enemy was massed in my front, and extended to my right and left as far as I could see. The firing on my command...
  14. Tom Elmore

    John D. Perkins of the 2nd Florida Infantry

    John Day Perkins was born on November 15, 1843, the son of a Tallahassee cotton merchant named Thomas, and his wife Amelia. The story of his youth is not known, but on August 21, 1861 (at age 17), Perkins enlisted as a corporal in the “Howell Guards.” Standing 5’ 11” tall, he had a light...
  15. lelliott19

    Day 2: Hood's & McLaws' Divisions Prior to the Assault

    General Hood writes that his orders were to place his division across the Emmettsburg road, form line and attack....the position occupied by the enemy was naturally so strong, so nearly impregnable that, independently of their flank fire, they could repel his attack by throwing stones down the...
  16. lelliott19

    View of Pickett's Charge: Maj Gen Lafayette McLaws on July 3

    "I sat on my horse watching the shells passing over me, now bursting over artillery, now over the enemy's lines and then suddenly against Round Top, until it became monotonous, as the results could but be conjectured. But finally, during a temporary lull in the artillery fire, my attention was...
  17. LoyaltyOfDogs

    Act of Kindness: A Georgia Soldier's Story of Culp's Hill

    The Gettysburg National Military Park shared this brief anecdote today on Twitter:
  18. Belle Montgomery

    A Love for Fashion Leads to Couple’s Nuanced Portrayal of Civil War Figures in Gettysburg

    Frank and Bonnie Orlando portray Robert E. Lee and Mary Lee at the Lightner Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on June 15, 2019. (Shenghua Sung/The Epoch Times) GETTYSBURG, Pa.—Bonnie Orlando has always loved to play dress up, in part for the beautiful...
  19. Joshism

    Does Auburn Disprove Theories About Stuart On Gettysburg Day 3?

    During the Bristoe Campaign (October 1863), JEB Stuart accidentally got caught between two parts of the AOTP. However, knowing Ewell was nearby, Stuart sent a message to Lee advising of the situation. Stuart suggested since he was going to have to stay where he was all night why not have Ewell...
  20. JPK Huson 1863

    156 Years Ago Today, June 28th, Gettysburg Before History Found It

    In late June 1863 Mrs. Peter Thorn, Elizabeth, was a pregnant immigrant mother caring for two small boys and left sole caretaker of Evergreen Cemetery while husband Peter went to war. Her parents could help, their home in the other side of teeny living quarters. If you've been to PA you'll...
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