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The Gettysburg Project

by fifer1863 on February 5, 2014

Quick post today on The Gettysburg Project

The purpose of the Gettysburg Project Site is to enhance public  awareness and appreciation of the Battle of Gettysburg and The Gettysburg Address through the song “Gettysburg,” other Civil War inspired music, and links to other Gettysburg Memorial websites and blogs.

The song Gettysburg was inspired by the books, Killer Angels by Michael Shaara and Lincoln at Gettysburg by Garry Wills.  Here’s a link to the song at: 
 

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Gettysburg Address Live Stream

by fifer1863 on November 19, 2013

Check out the live stream of the 150th Anniversary Event:

Watch live streaming video from encompass at livestream.com

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Gettysburg: The Last Invasion Book Review

by fifer1863 on October 10, 2013

I recently had the opportunity to read Allen C. Guelzo`s latest work, Gettysburg: The Last Invasion. Guelzo is the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and the author of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America and Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President, both winners of the Lincoln Prize.

Gettysburg the Last Invasion

According the the publisher:

GETTYSBURG is the most intimate and richly readable account of the battle ever written, drawing the reader into the muck and grime of Gettysburg alongside the ordinary soldier. Guelzo shows us the face, sights, and sounds of combat: the stone walls and gunpowder clouds of Pickett’s Charge; the reason that the Army of Northern Virginia could be smelled before it could be seen; the march of thousands of men from the banks of the Rappahannock in Virginia to the Pennsylvania hills. What emerges is a previously untold story, from the personal politics roiling the Union and Confederate officer ranks, to the peculiar character of artillery units. Through such scrutiny the cornerstone battle of the Civil War is given extraordinarily vivid new life.

Overall, I enjoyed the book very much.   Throughout the book there are quotes from veterans detailing the events along which add to the richness of the story.  Guelzo uses these letters and his background to provide some good descriptions of the attacks on July 2.   The usual Gettysburg characters are there, from Warren saving Little Round Top to the delaying action of the 1st Minnesota.

Guelzo does seem to be critical of General Meade.  The author seems to conclude that Meade was forced to fight at Gettysburg by other generals.  Guelzo paints Meade as more of a subordinate to the others and that Meade did not have much impact on the overall battle.  The author discusses Meade’s Pipe Creek plan and says that Meade would have preferred to fight there instead.

I will leave the historical fact checking to the historians.  Overall though, this is a great book that I recommend you add to your bookshelf.

 

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The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

July 18, 2013

I had an opportunity to spend some time in Gettysburg during the 150th anniversary celebration.  What a very cool experience to be in that historic spot at that time.  I really can’t explain it but even though we, as a family, go there about once a month, there was something about being on the battlefield […]

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Gettysburg Vodcasts

July 15, 2013

“Middle School Students Create Vodcasts about Civil War History in Gettysburg” By Shuan Butcher, Director of Communications — Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership Now that the dust has settled from the 150th commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg, how doe the stories continue to be told for and by the next generation of leaders, historians, […]

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The First Shot of the Battle of Gettysburg

July 2, 2013

We had the unique opportunity to be invited to join author JD Petruzzi at the First Shot Marker that commemorates the start of the Battle of Gettysburg.  What made it extra special was that we were there, on that spot where 150 years ago Marcellus Jones fired that first shot of the battle. So CJ […]

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Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Study Guide Book Review

June 9, 2013

I have always wanted to be a licensed battlefield guide and admittedly I do not know enough about the battle in order to pass the exam.  So recently started to explore what it would take and what kind of books, websites, research, etc I would need to read and what types of research would be involved to […]

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Teaching the Civil War Podcast Episode 25 – The Gettysburg Cyclorama

June 11, 2012

      Thanks for staying subscribed to my podcast and I hope you enjoy listening. In this episode I am talking about a recent family trip to Gettysburg where we spent a some time and visited the Gettysburg Cyclorama painting. Feedback on the show? email me at podcast@teachthecivilwar.com Follow Me on Twitter Music is […]

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Dinosaur Footprints on the Gettysburg Battlefield

May 21, 2012

This is the last in this series of videos from our recent trip to Gettysburg.  What a great day, can’t wait to get back there with the kids. In this video Jacob (with help from his brother Josh) is finding dinosaur footprints in Gettysburg.   The following is from “Dinosaur Footprints on the Plum Run […]

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Culp’s Hill in Gettysburg and General George Greene

May 19, 2012

This is the 4th in another series of video blog posts where my family is exploring the Gettysburg Battlefield.  As you know our family goal is to learn something new every time we go to Gettysburg and this time we learned several new things. In this video  Sarah is talking about the fighting on Culp’s […]

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Gettysburg Rock Carvings on Culp’s Hill Part 2

May 18, 2012

This is the 3rd in another series of video blog posts where my family is exploring the Gettysburg Battlefield.  As you know our family goal is to learn something new every time we go to Gettysburg and this time we learned several new things. In this video Jacob (with help from his sister Sarah) is […]

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Gettysburg Rock Carvings on Culp’s Hill

May 15, 2012

As my older son CJ was attending a Boy Scout event in Westminster, MD my family decided to do our favorite thing and spend the day exploring Gettysburg.  In addition to packing a lunch, we grabbed my copy of The Complete Gettysburg Guide and my Flip video camera and set off.  As you know our […]

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Gettysburg Rock Carvings with Sarah

March 23, 2012

It was a beautiful here in central Pennsylvania last weekend so we decided to head to Gettysburg for the day.  In addition to packing a lunch, we grabbed my copy of The Complete Gettysburg Guide and my Flip video camera and set off.  As you know our family goal is to learn something new every […]

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Gettysburg Rock Carvings with Josh

March 22, 2012

It was a beautiful here in central Pennsylvania last weekend so we decided to head to Gettysburg for the day.  In addition to packing a lunch, we grabbed my copy of The Complete Gettysburg Guide and my Flip video camera and set off.  As you know our family goal is to learn something new every […]

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The New Gettysburg Campaign Handbook Review

September 10, 2011

Recently, I received a copy of NEW GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN HANDBOOK, THE: Facts, Photos, and Artwork for Readers of All Ages, June 9 – July 14, 1863 by J. D. Petruzzi and Steve Stanley.  Petruzzi is also the author of excellent book, The Complete Gettysburg Guide. This 184 page handbook is packed full of facts, figures, […]

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Gettysburg’s Eternal Peace Light Memorial with CJ

July 16, 2011

Here is a video of my son CJ teaching us about one of the more popular sites in Gettysburg, the Eternal Peace Light Memorial.  This monument is located on Oak Hill in Gettysburg.  Confederate forces marched toward Gettysburg and the Union lines from behind the monument where CJ is sitting.   The base relief is said […]

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Learning about the “Trough Rock” in Gettysburg with CJ

July 14, 2011

Here is a video of my son CJ teaching us about one of the less popular sites in Gettysburg known as the “Trough Rock”. This rock is located in the “Slaughter Pen” or “Valley of Death” near Devil’s Den.     Here is the photo of the horse drinking from the rock: Here is a […]

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Gettysburg Soldier’s National Cemetery

June 3, 2011

Here is a video of my daughter Sarah (aka @civilwarsallie) learning about the Soldier’s National Cemetery in Gettysburg     Sarah is reading from THE COMPLETE GETTYSBURG GUIDE by JD Petruzzi  

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Gettysburg Generals Hancock and Reynolds

June 1, 2011

Here is a video of my son CJ learning about the monuments to General Hancock and Reynolds in Gettysburg   CJ is reading from THE COMPLETE GETTYSBURG GUIDE by JD Petruzzi  

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History Channel Movie on Gettysburg

May 21, 2011

On Monday, May 30, 2011, the History Channel will air a new Civil War film on Gettysburg.  This film is produced by Tony and Ridley Scott.  The trailer for the movie looks good so this is something that I am looking forward to watching.  If you are teaching the Civil War at this time of […]

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