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Today is the 154th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address—a two-minute speech of about 270 words (the exact count depends on whether you take “four score,” “can not,” and “battle field” to be one word or two) that may well be the most powerful bit of political and civic rhetoric in our history. Show More Summary

Do Even Famous Battles Ever Really Affect War's Outcome?

2 months agoNews : The Daily Beast

The prevailing wisdom among historians for the past couple of centuries says that battles like Waterloo or Gettysburg were crucial turning points. A new book says that’s not true.

Gettysburg: Where white armies battled over the fate of black lives

In the middle of a pool game in the back room of the Flying Bull tavern, my new friend, Jarrod Stout, pulled me aside. He wanted to make sure I had his back if things got rough. As soon as he’d come into the bar he had gotten glaring looks from some of the white patrons, and now a grim-faced guy...

FACT: The Confederacy Almost Developed a Helicopter in 1862

Michael Peck Security, If he had built a Confederate whirlybird, would it have flown? It’s the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863 and Union forces on Cemetery Ridge await the final Confederate assault. But instead ofShow More Summary

This Is How Horrible the Battle of Gettysburg Was (And Why the Aftermath Was Even Worse)

Daniel L. Davis History, What happenned when it was over... November 8 witnessed one of the most stunning upsets in U.S. political history when Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton. But it might not have been the most stunning upset. Show More Summary

Overnight Open Thread (1 Jul 2017)

On July 1st, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg began....

House that survived Gettysburg up for overnight visitors

For a couple hundred dollars, you can spend the night in a house that survived the Battle of Gettysburg. The Historic Bushman House was even used as a temporary field … Click to Continue »

Pickett's Charge—what modern mathematics teaches us about Civil War battle

The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the American Civil War, and Gen. George Pickett's infantry charge on July 3, 1863, was the battle's climax. Had the Confederate Army won, it could have continued its invasion of Union territory. Instead, the charge was repelled with heavy losses. This forced the Confederates to retreat south and end their summer campaign.

Antifa plans Gettysburg battlefield protests

According to Philly.com, those Anti-fascist protestors intend to create a stir at the Gettysburg Battlefield this coming weekend during the 154th anniversary of the Civil War battle. Reports that the anti-fascist group Antifa plans to burn Confederate flags and desecrate graves have prompted calls on social media for other groups to gather in Gettysburg to […]

Antifa Plans to Burn Flags and Desecrate Graves at Gettysburg on Anniversary of Battle

What better place for the Civil War to resume than Gettysburg? Officials in Gettysburg are bracing for protests this weekend coinciding with the 154th anniversary of the Civil War battle.

Plan abandoned to build casino near Gettysburg

A Pennsylvania businessman says he is abandoning his latest attempt to build a harness racing track and casino near Gettysburg, the site of the 1863 battle that turned the tide … Click to Continue »

‘Killer Angels’ in Fullerton views hearts and minds of Civil War combatants

You might think it nearly impossible to depict the Battle of Gettysburg on stage in under three hours using just a dozen or so actors – yet Maverick Theater does exactly that in its original play “The Killer Angels: Soldiers of Gettysburg.” Director Brian Newell’s stage adaptation of the 1974 historical novel by Michael Shaara […]

Meade’s missed opportunity to end the Civil War after the battle of Gettysburg

I was reading a Civil War history the other day and was struck by the opportunity that General George Meade had — and blew — after Gettysburg to end the war.

Guide to Photographing the Battlefield at Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was the location of one of the most important battles in the American Civil War. The town of Gettysburg is a beautiful location and the home of an excellent National Military Park that preserves the battlefield. The...Show More Summary

Why America Needs Its National Parks More Than Ever

10 months agoNews : Huffington Post

America’s national parks began with a vision of peace. On June 30, 1864, about a year after the Civil War’s deadliest battle, at Gettysburg, President Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act, protecting for the first time—for all time—tens of thousands of acres of wilderness. Show More Summary

Gettysburg Might Just Be the Most Bloody Battle of the Civil War (But the Aftermath Might Have Been Worse)

Daniel L. Davis Security, America Gettysburg was a major battle that inflicted grievous wounds on both the North and the South. November 8 witnessed one of the most stunning upsets in U.S. political history when Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton. Show More Summary

In historic Gettysburg, Lincoln spoke of unity; Trump complained of a ‘totally rigged’ system

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Donald Trump traveled Saturday to the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, where he suggested that the United States is nearly as divided now as it was then. But instead of laying out his vision for uniting the country, as President Abraham Lincoln once did here, Trump declared that the system is rigged […]

Trump says accusers 'will be sued after the election is over'

Trump aides said Gettysburg, the site of a major Civil War battle and Republican President Abraham Lincoln's famous address, was a fitting place for Trump to lay out a positive vision for the future of his party, which has suffered a schism between his supporters and the party's establishment. Show More Summary

Republicans prepare for civil war

Fitting that Trump’s closing argument was delivered at Gettysburg, site of one of the most decisive civil war battles. Win or lose, Republicans are likely headed toward a civil war of their own, a period of conflict and turmoil and a reckoning of potentially historic significance. That debate has already begun, as the tension between [...]

Could a dead Gettysburg soldier be identified by the photograph he held?

last yearHumor / odd : Boing Boing

After the Battle of Gettysburg, a dead Union soldier was found near the center of town. He bore no identification, but in his hands he held a photograph of three children. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll follow...Show More Summary

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