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More on 15th Alabama’s Line of Advance

Here is an extract from the 1878 edition of the Southern Historical Society Papers  from Colonel William C. Oates, Commander of the 15th Alabama Regiment during the Battle of Gettysburg’s second day.  He writes about the advance up ‘Round Top … Continue reading

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Controlled Burn : 14 April 2018

After a day’s delay due to high winds, the National Park Service launched its second controlled burn in two years at Gettysburg National Military Park.   Fire specialists from nearby states and a special National Park Service Fire Crew from Delaware … Continue reading

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An Analysis of Lee’s Report on Gettysburg

[Note: this is a full section of Lee’s report from the Official Records as noted below.  That report is available in full in the pages section listed in the right hand column of this site.  This excerpt begins with the … Continue reading

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Monuments and the Danger of Presentism

The United States has long been the shining light of the world, a place where all are welcome to come, and live, and embrace America and the United States, to contribute to its growth, and to set an example for … Continue reading

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Logic as applied to the records

On more than a few occasions we have encountered the telling of an event in a history book that simply defies logic.  Sometimes the events do indeed defy logic. For example, on the first day of the Battle, while forming … Continue reading

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Preparing for Memorial Day

Several Hundred Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, troop leaders, and members of their families descended on Gettysburg National Cemetery early this morning to place flags at every headstone and grave marker.  It was a job well done. Here are some at … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Den Duck!?!?!?

Everyone has seen the Elephant just below the Devil’s Den area: But who has failed to recognize this: W. G. Davis

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Back to the 83rd PA at LRT

After Monday’s burn the vegetation is not just reduced, it is almost completely gone…at least for the next few days. Below is a photo taken today at Little Round Top from Sykes Avenue, looking generally west, with my back to … Continue reading

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Today’s Burn at LRT

Below is a photo taken after the burn event today on the west side of Little Round Top. The burn, designed to curb vegetation on the western slope, was bounded by four GNMP Roads: Crawford on the west, Warren on … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day Photos, Part 2

Here is the “Lee’s Headquarters” that wasn’t: The Rose Farm in the dawn sun: The 83rd Pennsylvania Flank Markers – top RFM, bottom LFM: The View of Col. William Oates, Commanding 15th Alabama as he exited the tree line and … Continue reading

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