Rising to the occasion is a concept so misunderstood… it borders on the cliché. When used in the wrong context it cheapens actual heroic achievement. Too often, historic deeds are overlooked because well-worn studies have rendered them routine because of historic scope. In the pivotal battle of the war, at its decisive moment, actions speakContinue reading “July 3, 1863”
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.
Multiculturalism has won the battle for the right to tell our story. All cultures, regardless of their particular practices or beliefs, deserve respect. They must never be compared to ours, for this ultimately leads to judgements. Judgements hurt people, and in this world, that is not allowed. No where is this more prevalent than inContinue reading “Custer’s Luck”
Thomas Ward Custer rode to his death… along side his brother at the battle of Little Big Horn. The dynamic, rowdy pair had been soldiers nearly all their lives. Tom followed in his older brother’s foot steps, enlisting in the Union army at the age of 16. Though George achieved more fame, he thought the worldContinue reading “The Other Custer”
Historians must stop giving… credence to rumors of controversial historical figures fathering children with women they allegedly oppressed. This has become standard operating procedure for writers wishing to gain notoriety in the historical profession. Latch on to rumors, oral tradition, slander- and give it legitimacy through politically correct currents flowing through society. Thomas Jefferson and Sally HemingsContinue reading “Revision Gone Awry”
Myles Walter Keogh was born to be a soldier… the young Irish lad, stricken by the poverty of the Potato Famine, sought adventure and glory on the battlefield. At the urging of the Catholic clergy young Keogh enlisted in the Papal army of Pious IX. As a member of the Company of St. Patrick, Vatican Guards,Continue reading “Bad Medicine on the Battlefield”
Hollywood has attempted to tell the Custer story…in no fewer than 25 films, and dozens of portrayals in television programs. In the eyes of the movie industry, Custer must be portrayed as either a hero or villain. Custer’s death at Little Big Horn is such a considerable part of the American story, his true characterContinue reading “Custer on Film”
PracticallyHistorical is honoring the 144th anniversary of the battle of Little Bighorn this week. Sign in for posts on the battle and its participants.