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Battle Anniversary 3: “The Most Terrible Struggle of the War”, July 1, 1863 – Early Afternoon

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. July 1, 1863 – Afternoon Howard Major General Oliver Otis Howard, 4th in his class of 46 cadets who graduated from West Point in 1854, commanded the 11th Corps in the Army of the Potomac. Howard was wounded … Continue reading

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Battle Anniversary 1: “Fight like the Devil” – June 30, 1863

June 30, 1863, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Pettigrew The sight that greeted Sarah Broadhead as she looked out her window on the west side of Gettysburg on the morning of June 30th, 1863 caused her to draw a sharp breath. There had … Continue reading

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The First Question: How did he know?

One author* details a contentious discussion on the peak of Big Round Top between Colonel Oates and General Law’s messenger [Captain Leigh Richmond Terrill, Assistant Adjutant General on Law’s staff] wherein Oates demanded to be allowed to go after the … Continue reading

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Was Gettysburg a critically decisive battle?

What were the aftereffects of the Battle of Gettysburg? In addition to a horrific loss of men, the Army of Northern Virginia lost far too many officers, including several generals killed, captured, or severely wounded to not have an effect … Continue reading

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