Lincoln thought he failed November 19, 1863… obligatory applause from a damp crowd in Gettysburg offered him little consolation. Lincoln had just followed a masterful two-hour speech from America’s greatest orator, Edward Everett. The President sat down in his seat and commented to his friend, Ward Lamon, that the speech wouldn’t “scour” (would fail to clearContinue reading “Finest Two Minutes”
Lincoln summoned Major General John F. Reynolds to the White House on June 2, 1863. The situation was pressing as Lee’s army continued its drive northward. Reynolds left his beloved First Corps on the dusty roads of Virginia to hear the entreaties of his Commander-in-Chief. No firsthand accounts remain, but a preponderance of evidence indicateContinue reading “Reynolds and Destiny”
A New Memorial Well Deserved George Sykes is one of two Union Corps commanders without… an equestrian memorial at the Gettysburg National Military Park. Dan Sickles declined one in his honor, claiming “the whole damned battlefield is my monument. The exclusion of Sykes is misunderstood and often erroneously remembered by historians and students of the battle.Continue reading “The Sykes Monument”
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.