Gettysburg Hidden Treasures 1. Barlow’s Knoll; Left for dead by his own troops during the first day’s fighting, General Francis Barlow fell grievously wounded near this spot. Confederate General John B. Gordon’s act of mercy allegedly saved Barlow’s life. 2. Hazlett/Weed Rock; General Stephen Weed had just deployed his brigade down the face of Little RoundContinue reading “Gettysburg Hidden Treasures”
1. Hancock Equestrian; Cemetery Hill… One look at the majestic sculpture will convey the effect Hancock had on the disheartened Federal troops July 1st. The hero of Gettysburg could have had his monument anywhere on the field- but he chose the spot where his presence had the most effect. 2. 9th Mass. Battery(Bigelow’s); Trostle Farm… Continue reading “Must See spots at Gettysburg”
PracticallyHistorical will be sharing personal observances of America’s greatest battle. Battlefields, and the memorials on them, should not be politicized.
Neo-secessionists and revisionists struggle uselessly to blame the Civil War… on Federal overreach, inequitable tariffs, and outmoded economic theory- they fail to see the forest for the trees. The historical record settles matters plainly and without ambiguity. Future Confederate Vice-President Alexander Stephens delivered the clearest, most definitive explanation… for secession and the existence of aContinue reading “Slavery Caused Secession”
Lt. Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain describes the horrific night of December 13th, 1862 at the base of Marye’s Heights. Fredericksburg, Virginia- December 14, 1862 “But out of that silence rose new sounds more appalling still; a strange ventriloquism, of which you could not locate the source, a smothered moan, as if a thousand discords wereContinue reading “Uncommon Valor- Fredericksburg”
Virginia’s Governor, his past indiscretions aside, celebrated the triumph of his party in the State legislative election by promising more iconoclasm in the Old Dominion. There are over 660 Confederate monuments across the United States. A scholarly study conducted in 1982 found that nearly half of these are specifically memorializing Confederate war dead. AnotherContinue reading “Memorials to War Dead”