Category Archives: Gettysburg Campaign

“incongruous” fourth

Talk about progress. Thanks to the global media, seemingly more and more omnipresent, we can be more and more aware of all the pain and agony throughout this world. I realize I don’t have enough empathy for all the people … Continue reading

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first anniversary

A year after Gettysburg, General Meade reflected on his great victory in a letter to his wife. From The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade … (page 210): HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 3. 1864. We are not … Continue reading

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general review

From The New-York Times October 6, 1863: Lee’s Report. The specific object of LEE’s Summer invasion of Pennsylvania was a matter of profound mystery and endless speculation at the time; and the mystery is not perfectly cleared up by his … Continue reading

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“All honor to the Flag”

Six weeks after Gettysburg, the assistant surgeon for the 126th New York Volunteer Infantry wrote home to explain that newspaper accounts had missed the extraordinary courage of the 126th’s color bearers during the battle. From a Seneca County newspaper in … Continue reading

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the town pump

I was a bit surprised that the Richmond paper could publish a letter the day after it was written. Apparently the Virginia Central Railroad was in fine feather 150 years ago this week. Massachuset describes the wounded thronging to the … Continue reading

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Charlie Wheeler’s Funeral

150 years ago today a young woman from Canandaigua, New York attended the funeral of a soldier killed at Gettysburg. Captain Wheeler of the 126th New York Infantry had been killed by a sharpshooter on the morning of July 3rd. … Continue reading

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draft matters

A short cutting about a couple big topics 150 years ago this month – Gettysburg and the draft. From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in July, 1863: The 44th Regiment (Ellsworth) suffered terribly during the three days battle at … Continue reading

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the usual suspects

A Democrat newspaper in from a small town in New York state digests the information that Lee’s army retreated from Gettysburg and made it south of the Potomac largely unscathed. It has to be the Republican administration’s fault. Everything was … Continue reading

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Deluded

Union General Meade wrote his wife 150 years ago today. From The life and letters of George Gordon Mead:…Volume 2 (page 133): HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SOUTH MOUNTAIN PASS, July 10, 1863. Lee has not crossed and does not … Continue reading

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“gleams of hope and sunshine”

A small town Democrat paper summarized reports about Gettysburg and its aftermath. There was a sense of relief that at least the Stars and Bars weren’t flying over Harrisburg and a bit of concern that the Confederate army was far … Continue reading

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