1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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:
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. GELongstreet

    Movements Of Companies Of the 20th Maine and 15th Alabama Regiments During the Attack On LRT

    An essay about the movements and positions of those two famed regiments on Little Round Top at Gettysburg on July 2nd, 1863. The main text is accompanied by a dozen maps. Created in 2012 by Lowell L. Getz.
  16. JPK Huson 1863

    A Wounded Man's Walk Through St. Francis Xavier, Gettysburg

    Image from NYPL from an era song sheet " The Story Of Gettysburg ". A wounded man is telling his story to his family. It could have been Colonel Huidekoper's. For all the accounts of wounded men as told by nurses, doctors, relief workers and civilians we don't frequently hear from the men who...
  17. Belle Montgomery

    Gettysburg's 'Witness Trees': How Civil-War era honey locust survived, shows US history

    GETTYSBURG — This ordinary tree, old and battered, is an astonishing survivor from another age. Maybe no other has "seen" grander strokes of American history and then lived so long to memorialize them. This commonplace honey locust in the Soldiers' National Cemetery was a young but strong...
  18. lelliott19

    Substandard Shoes at Gettysburg? Peter Wellington Alexander Reports 10,000 Barefooted Confederates on the Retreat

    In this letter, dated Culpeper Court House, August 2, 1863, Peter Wellington Alexander reports on a significant shoe situation. No, not the one you're thinking of. :D Apparently, prior to the Gettysburg campaign, a large number of substandard shoes were issued to the Army of Northern Virginia...
  19. lelliott19

    Horror Had a Great Feast: Benning's Brigade at Gettysburg

    "The enemy showed examples of bravery in that battle that they never exhibited to such an extent in any fight before. We saw lines formed under our terrible fire and moved up to our lines in the most daring manner, and it is said that some of our troops met them actually with the bayonet and...
  20. JPK Huson 1863

    Stories We May Be Missing, Gettysburg Wounded Summer 1863

    This has always been one of the more frustrating images of the relative handful we have from Gettysburg's awful summer, 1863. Blurred and indistinct , it's been way too easy to dismiss in favor of amazing clarity in other photographs. These men deserve another look IMO. No expert but the longer...