Category Archives: History

THE GETTYSBURG DIARY: The Glorious Fourth (Saturday, July 4th, 1863)

July of 1776 proved to be a pivotal day in the history of the American colonies. In this month, the thirteen separate “countries” finally banded together as one country: the United States of America. On July 2nd, the 2nd Continental … Continue reading

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THE GETTYSBURG DIARY: Culp’s Hill – Gettysburg’s Often-overlooked Front (Friday, July 3rd, 1863)

One the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Robert E. Lee planned for a massive assault against the Union center. This attack would become legendary, and forever be remembered as “Pickett’s Charge.” In this assault, over 12,000 Confederates under … Continue reading

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THE GETTYSBURG DIARY: James Jackson Purman – Medal of Honor Recipient (Thursday, July 2nd, 1863)

The Medal of Honor is the highest military award given to the soldiers of the United States Army. It is awarded for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.” At the … Continue reading

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THE GETTYSBURG DIARY: John Buford, Unsung Hero of Gettysburg (Wednesday, July 1st, 1863)

Some will say that the largest battle of the American Civil War was destined to be fought at Gettysburg in July of 1863. Because many roads led to the small Pennsylvania town, it was an ideal place for all the … Continue reading

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THE GETTYSBURG DIARY: The Eve of Battle (Tuesday, June 30th, 1863)

The day before the opening of the Battle of Gettysburg proved to be rather dramatic for the Confederate and Union forces. Both sides began to marshal their forces, but neither side was ready to risk a general engagement just yet. … Continue reading

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THE GETTYSBURG DIARY: Introduction

This past Sunday marked the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Brandy Station, the largest cavalry battle of the American Civil War. This battle marked the first battle in a campaign that would culminate with the Battle of Gettysburg, the … Continue reading

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“Henceforth, and Forever Free:” The Emancipation Proclamation 150 Years Later

The miniseries To Appomattox/Grant vs. Lee, will take a look at one of the most important documents ever to come out of a Presidential administration. Here, we shall take a look at the Emancipation Proclamation, and how it changed the … Continue reading

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