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The Civil War Letters of Private Daniel E. Reedy: Company E, 48th Pennsylvania Infantry

Sometimes really strange things happen... Early last year--during those cold, cold late winter days of 2016--I received an email from a Mr. Thomas Golden who had read an article of mine published in February 2016 issue of Civil War Times. Show More Summary

Do Confederate Monuments Need a “Fearless Girl”?

A petition is now making the rounds to keep the “Fearless Girl” monument in downtown New York City in place indefinitely. The small monument of a girl standing defiantly against […]

Reserve Your Seat at the Civil War Institute Now

There are still a few slots available for this year’s Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. I have attended the past five years as a speaker, but I spend most […]

When at Gettysburg Remember to Turn Around

Just returned from a short trip in which I accompanied a group of high school students from Brooklyn to Washington, D.C., Harpers Ferry, Antietam and Gettysburg. Thanks to Lisa Kapp […]

The Wells on East Cemetery Hill

This view from the East Cemetery Hill observatory shows a wellhouse next to a reservoir.[...] The post The Wells on East Cemetery Hill appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

How Dr. McHenry Operated on His Anecdote

As Dr. James McHenry first recorded the story of Elizabeth Powel, Benjamin Franklin, and the new Constitution in his journal, it was only twenty-six words. This was the entire exchange he wrote down (exact words, different formatting): Powel: Well, Doctor what have we got—a republic or a monarchy? Franklin: A republic, if you can keep it. Show More Summary

Spangler’s Spring Part 1 with LBG Garry Adelman

Spangler’s Spring at Culp’s Hill. The caption to this William Tipton photograph: “Man seated at[...] The post Spangler’s Spring Part 1 with LBG Garry Adelman appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Saturday Afternoon at Little Round Top

The arrival of Spring and warmer weather brought high visitation to Little Round Top on[...] The post Saturday Afternoon at Little Round Top appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

“This prophetic answer of the Doctor”

Yesterday I quoted a short anecdote from Dr. James McHenry’s diary of the Constitutional Convention. That diary was first published in 1906, becoming part of the twentieth century’s understanding of the Constitution. But it doesn’t appear...Show More Summary

Blue and Gray Recycling on South Confederate Avenue

The picnic area on South Confederate Avenue (Warfield Ridge) has some new hardware.This view was[...] The post Blue and Gray Recycling on South Confederate Avenue appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

“A republic…if you can keep it.”

This is the launch of a deep dive into one of the most popular and portentous anecdotes from the Constitutional Convention of 1787. I wrote about that story before, but a prodding tweet from Zara Anishanslin sent me further into the depths. Show More Summary

The Tragedy at Spangler’s Meadow with LBG Garry Adelman

The monument to the 2nd Massachussetts in Spangler’s Meadow. Lieutenant Colonel Charles R. Mudge commanded[...] The post The Tragedy at Spangler’s Meadow with LBG Garry Adelman appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

“Here lies ye Body of Dr Enoch Dole”

Earlier in the month I quoted a diary that mentioned the death of Dr. Enoch Dole during the final days of the siege of Boston. Dr. Dole’s widow erected a striking gravestone for him in Littleton (shown in a photo by Carol A. Purinton, here courtesy of Wikipedia). Show More Summary

“Desecration of the Battlefield of Gettysburg” with LBG Garry Adelman

“Desecration of the Battle-field of Gettysburg, on Culp’s Hill.” This photograph was taken on the[...] The post “Desecration of the Battlefield of Gettysburg” with LBG Garry Adelman appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

The Fame of the Virginia Riflemen

As I discussed at an event last week, the Continental Congress voted to raise rifle companies for the Continental Army in June 1775 even before it chose a commander-in-chief.The first plan called for two companies from Virginia, two from Maryland, and six from Pennsylvania. Show More Summary

Moving Monuments: The 2nd Delaware Infantry

Some monuments at Gettysburg National Military Park have been moved or relocated from their original[...] The post Moving Monuments: The 2nd Delaware Infantry appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Bullock on Polite Politics in Boston, 29 Mar.

On Wednesday, 29 March, Steven C. Bullock will speak at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston on “Tea Sets and Tyranny: The Politics of Politeness in Early America.” This presentation is based on his new book of the same name.Even...Show More Summary

A chance to say thank you to a park on April 1

Thousands of volunteers armed with rakes, shovels, weed whackers, loppers, paint brushes, polishing cloths and trash bags are expected to show up at the more than 130 private, county, state and national Civil War parks across the country on April 1 for the 21st Park Day sponsored by the Civil War Trust. Workers help parks […]

John Wesley Culp Photo Rediscovered with Erik Dorr

The Gettysburg Museum of History is a privately owned museum on Baltimore Street. It is[...] The post John Wesley Culp Photo Rediscovered with Erik Dorr appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Anishanslin on “A Woman in Silk” in Boston, 23 Mar.

On Thursday, 23 March, Zara Anishanslin will speak at the Massachusetts Historical Society on the topic of her new book Portrait of a Woman in Silk: Hidden Histories of the British Atlantic World. This event is part of the society’sShow More Summary

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