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“Just a Bombthrower in the War Between the States”

A few months ago I shot a video with Garry Adelman for the Civil War Trust’s Civil War in4 series. The focus of this particular was on Civil War memory. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy about this. A few points for the purposes of clarification: (1) I do not have a degree in education; (2) […]

Civil War Memory in4

While I was in Gettysburg this past June for the CWI I took a few minutes to record a Civil War Trust Civil War in4 video with Garry Adelman on Civil War memory. I was way over-prepared and incredibly nervous. Let’s just say that I found it very difficult to whittle down this vast subject […]

Gettysburg 150 (from someone all but certain to love it)

What follows is a guest post from my good friend, Garry Adelman, who shares his thoughts about last week’s Gettysburg commemoration. I had been looking forward to the Gettysburg 150th commemoration for years. I knew—all Civil War people knew–it would be a big deal. Some could not wait to go; some treated it like the [...]

You Are Not a Real Historian

Today we have a guest post from my good friend, Garry Adelman. This is a topic that comes up practically every time we run into one another and one that Garry has promised to write up as a guest post. Later this week I will spend some time with Garry on the Gettysburg battlefield, where [...]

Harvest of Death Part 13: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

A glass plate titled “View in Field on Right Wing Where General Reynolds Fell At The Battle of Gettysburg.” Is this view one of a few photographs taken following the battle that were mislabeled? What other photographs do we know were mislabeled that have a relationship with the area around McPherson’s Woods/Reynolds’ Woods?This image was [...]

Harvest of Death Part 12: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

A glass plate titled “View in Field on Right Wing Where General Reynolds Fell At The Battle of Gettysburg.” This image was taken by Timothy H. O’Sullivan for Alexander Gardner circa July 5-6, 1863. It is courtesy of the Library of Congress. Director of History and Education for the Civil War Trust, Garry Adelman earned his [...]

Harvest of Death Part 11: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman on the left and Tim Smith on the right are standing in the low ground between East McPherson’s Ridge and Seminary Ridge, which is in the background of this photograph. They are showing the northeast view of the John Cummings’ Harvest of Death Location. This image was taken facing [...]

Harvest of Death Part 10: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman on the left and Tim Smith on the right are standing on the east slope of East McPherson’s Ridge. They are showing the northeast view of the John Stewart and Scott Hartwig Harvest of Death Location. This image was taken facing east at approximately 4:45 PM on Sunday, February [...]

Harvest of Death Part 9: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides Tim Smith on the left and Garry Adelman on the right are standing east of East Cemetery Hill in the area of the Henry Culp Farm. The vehicles in the background are located on East Confederate Avenue. Tim and Garry are showing the east view of the Tom Maricino, Troy Harmon, [...]

Harvest of Death Part 8: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides Tim Smith on the left and Garry Adelman on the right are standing near the “old” Cyclorama Building on Cemetery Ridge. Garry is holding his “Journal of Civil War Scribblings.” This image was taken facing north at approximately 3:45 PM on Sunday, February 5, 2012. Director of History and Education for the [...]

Harvest of Death Part 7: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Garry Adelman is standing near the Trostle Farm, the buildings of which are out of sight on the left. Little Round Top is in the left background. Big Round Top is in the left center background. The “Sickles Tree” is growing out of Garry’s head. The Sickles Headquarters Marker is to [...]

Harvest of Death Part 6: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

This image titled “The harvest of death. Gettysburg, July 4, 1863… Photographed by A. Gardner, Washington,” appeared in Harpers Weekly magazine. It appears to combine elements of the Harvest of Death photo series with the “Unfit for Service” photograph. This view appeared in Harpers Weekly on July 22, 1865, volume 9, number 447, page 452. [...]

Harvest of Death Part 5: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith are south of the Henry Spangler Farm, whose buildings are shown in the right background. Garry is holding a copy of Gettysburg Magazine Issue #3. In this issue, Historian Earl Coates proposed that the Harvest of Death photographs were taken at the location where Tim and [...]

Harvest of Death Part 4: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman, on the left, and Tim Smith are at the northeastern section of Sherfy’s Peach Orchard. The Trostle Barn is visible in the center background, between Garry and Tim. The Pennsylvania State monument is visible on Cemetery Ridge in the left background. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately [...]

Harvest of Death Part 3: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

This photograph taken from Seminary Ridge after the battle shows the Hagerstown Road/Middle Street and the Borough of Gettysburg. Notice how the month after the battle, some fence rails are up, and almost all the fence posts along the Hagerstown Road are still in place. If one believes a Harvest of Death photograph was taken [...]

Harvest of Death Part 2: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides Tim Smith (bearded) and Garry Adelman (clean-shaven) are the hosts for the Harvest of Death series. They are shown on Oak Hill, circa 1990 around the time when Garry first met William Frassanito to show Frassanito Garry’s first Harvest of Death site. This was a self-timed photo looking southward circa 1990. Director [...]

Harvest of Death Part 1: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides Tim Smith (displaying the two key Harvest of Death scenes) and Garry Adelman are the hosts for the Harvest of Death series. They are standing on the south end of the Gettysburg Battlefield. The Rose Farm is in the left background near the white fence. Cemetery Hill is in the left [...]

Garry Adelman on the History Channel’s Gettysburg film

Readers of this blog will remember that I had very little good to say about History’s Gettysburg film when it aired back in May. I wasn’t alone in this assessment. I was concerned that old friend Garry Adelman, who was one of the talking...Show More Summary

Gettysburg on History—Love It, Hate It, Here it Comes Again.

The following guest post is from Garry AdelmanGarry is the author, co-author or editor of more than 30 Civil War books and articles including his latest work, Manassas Battlefields [...]

Devil’s Den Part 5: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

This photograph shows a man on a pedestrian bridge spanning Plum Run. The big rocks of Devil’s Den are in the background. On the other (west) side of Plum Run, and just to the left of the man is a rock with a distinctive horizontal gash. This gash allowed Tim Smith to find out where [...]

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