Gettysburg’s Civil War Monuments “Merely Exist”

I love exploring the many monuments on the Gettysburg battlefield. While they were intended to commemorate the events that took place in July 1863, the monuments ultimately tell us much more about how the veterans and Americans decades later chose to remember their actions and the broader meaning of the war. Continue reading

New To the Civil War Memory Library, 06/26

On A Great BattlefieldCongratulations to my friend, Jennifer Murray, who just published her first book, On a Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2013, (University of Tennessee Press). Jen worked for nine seasons at Gettysburg as a seasonal interpretive ranger. She knows the battlefield like the back of her hand and Jen brings a wide range of sources to bear in telling this story. Any Gettysburg enthusiast is going to want a copy. I purchased my copy at CWI and spent a couple hours reading it on the battlefield. Congratulations, Jen.

Brooks Simpson, The Civil War in the East: Struggle, Stalemate, and Victory, (Potomac Books, 2013).

Susannah J. Ural, Don’t Hurry Me Down to Hades: The Civil War In The Words of Those Who Lived It, (Osprey, 2013).

Richard B. Williams ed., Stonewall’s Prussian Mapmaker: The Journals of Captain Oscar Hinrichs, (University of North Carolina Press, 2014).

Bonus: I am happy to report that fellow historian, blogger, and all around badass, Keith Harris’s first book, Across the Bloody Chasm: The Culture of Commemoration among Civil War Veterans, is slated for publication in November.

Civil War Institute, 2014

Back in Boston after 5 days at Gettysburg College’s Civil War Institute. I am exhausted and recharged. All of my presentations went well and I heard some wonderful talks, a few of which you can find on C-SPAN 3. Here are just a couple brief observations about the conference, which focused on the war in 1864. Continue reading