October 9, 2013
Having survived the Civil War, this country should know better than to treat the latest government shutdown as the political equivalent of the Bible's depiction of Earth's last days. The American political system may be stalled, but it isn't time for a mercy shot to put it out of its misery. Rather, the mess in Washington should motivate people to use the best means they have to push their government out of its funk: going to the polls and voting. There's a caveat to that prescription, however.
July 23, 2013
By Oliver St. Clair Franklin Despite the oft-repeated references to the intentions of the founders in today's political rhetoric, knowledge of U.S. history is at an all-time low in our country. There are many reasons for this, but there is little question that it is a significant threat to our democracy if we don't know what those founders thought and why, what forces have shaped us since, and the meaning of the critically important events that have occurred during our more than 200 years of history.
July 8, 2013 |
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The commemoration of this year's 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and subsequent events includes amenities that soldiers would have relished 150 years ago. A groomed path to the top of Little Round Top. Expanded cellphone coverage. Dozens of portable toilets. The National Park Service and a cadre of community organizers were well-prepared for the commemoration of the pivotal battle of the American Civil War that cemented this small Pennsylvania town's place in U.S history.
July 5, 2013 |
Independence Day coincides this week with remembrances of the pivotal Civil War battle 150 years ago at Gettysburg. So, here are smartphone applications for studying that battlefield - in person or virtually - and for grilling up a revolutionary red, white, and blue barbecue. Gettysburg Battle App is one of several Neotreks apps for Android and Apple devices that commemorate Civil War conflicts. Others cover the Battles of Antietam and Fredericksburg, for example. The Gettysburg app holds a series of maps and narratives for taking walking tours that explain each day of the battle.
July 3, 2013
A Civil War Odyssey By Peter Carlson Public Affairs. 299 pp. $26.99 Reviewed by Christopher Sullivan Among the tens of thousands of books written about the American Civil War, there are dense histories of campaigns, profiles of leaders, compilations of battlefield photos or soldiers' letters home. Then, once in a while, you run across just a really good yarn. That's what Peter Carlson has written in his nonfiction account of two New York Tribune reporters' unique experiences of the war. They witnessed fighting or its aftermath at Shiloh, Antietam, and other slaughters.
July 2, 2013 |
GETTYSBURG - Sweat soaking their wool uniforms, the Union and Confederate soldiers met near the stone wall to exchange handshakes, pleasantries, even a few jokes. On this warm, sticky Sunday afternoon, North and South both went home happy after the Battle of Gettysburg. Thousands of Civil War buffs re-created the Confederate army's ill-fated Pickett's Charge to end the first of two massive reenactments held to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's pivotal conflict. But the events to remember the battle that took place July 1-3, 1863, are far from over.
July 2, 2013 |
On this 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, our nation celebrates the courage, valor, and personal honor of the soldiers who fought and died there from July 1 to 3, 1863. An estimated 620,000 Americans died in the Civil War, either in battle or from disease. Union losses totaled 360,222; Confederates, 258,000. And Gettysburg was the costliest battle of all, with a three-day total of 51,112 casualties on both sides. Of all the fallen heroes of the epic battle, Union soldier Amos Humiston was unique.
July 1, 2013 |
Working men from Philadelphia mustered behind a low stone wall and a copse of trees at Gettysburg 150 years ago to meet their Southern foes in the decisive engagement of the decisive battle of the American Civil War. In civilian life the men were firefighters, clerks, printers, painters, employees of the Federal Mint, and members of many other professions. As soldiers, they joined four Pennsylvania regiments designated as the Philadelphia Brigade to fight for their country. As fate dictated during that hot, humid afternoon of July 3, 1863, the Philadelphia men held the key Union defensive position during the engagement known as Pickett's Charge.
July 1, 2013 |
What does it take to be a Civil War reenactor? Here's a view from Don Ernsberger, a Lansdale author of several Civil War books and one of about 8,000 reenactors at a re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg on Sunday. A larger reenactment by up to 15,000 reenactors will be from Thursday to next Sunday on Table Rock Road. How does someone become a reenactor? Most people who become reenactors have had an interest in Civil War history, and generally, they will attend a reenactment, meet a group of reenactors, become acquainted with them, and come to a meeting.
June 20, 2013 |
Sixth in an occasional series on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1 to 3. A thick, misty fog embraced the blue columns of African American soldiers "like a mantle of death" as they marched through pre-dawn darkness toward the enemy earthworks outside Richmond, Va. Spotted by Confederate pickets, members of the Sixth U.S. Colored Troops (USCT) quickly ran into a torrent of musket and artillery fire that cut through their ranks and shredded the national and regimental colors, snapping the flagpoles in two. That chaotic moment - when Sgt. Maj. Thomas R. Hawkins, First Sgt. Alexander Kelly, and Lt. Nathan Edgerton rushed in to rescue the colors - has been captured for the Union League of Philadelphia in a newly commissioned oil painting by the renowned Civil War artist Don Troiani.