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Wednesday, May 26, 2010


After a long hiatus it's time to get back to the 2010 Gettysburg Seminar and what better place to pick up then to take a behind the scenes peek at the Cyclorama.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010


As promised, we've updated the list of Civil War related conferences scheduled for the rest of the year. Please let us know if we've missed any.

This post originally ran on May 10th. Thanks to tips from readers Hal Jespersen and Jim Schmidt one correction and one additional conference have been added.

Thursday, May 06, 2010


Matt Atkinson, whose soft, slow drawl left no doubts as to Southern roots, returned to Gettysburg a few months ago, this time in a full-time position after an assignment at Vicksburg. He considers himself a fortunate man that his wife was also able to land a similar job at the Park, a place that most tugs at their hearts and emotions. A fortunate man, indeed, but one who chose as his topic a discourse on those who fared less well in the three days of fighting and were consigned to Camp Letterman, which existed on "80 acres for 120 days."

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Seasonal Park Ranger Chuck Teague took over center stage to enlighten us all on the “The U.S. Marshal at Gettysburg.” A picture of James Arness in his Marshal Matt Dillon television persona filled the overhead screen, but that was only Chuck’s way of starting with a joke. He was really there to talk about the Provost Marshal. However, before you click on “Read more,” name all 150 duties performed by the Provost Marshall’s Office. Time’s up and you couldn’t do it, could you? Of course not, because there were only 88 separate duties. Well, on fourth thought, maybe not even that many. But one thing I can tell you for certain, after listening to Chuck, the P.M. was sure as heck busy. But why take my word for it, particularly when Chuck’s here to explain the whole thing.