Alum pens book on Gettysburg Address in time for 150th anniversary

Jared Peatman ’02 released The Long Shadow of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in late October.

Once you visit historic Gettysburg, it is always with you. That is especially the case for Jared Peatman ’02, who recently released The Long Shadow of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, a book that explores the ways the speech has been invoked and used – positively and negatively – over the past 150 years.

“I started visiting the Gettysburg battlefield with my family at the age of 12. We made the trek down from Maine every year, sometimes twice. As a freshman in high school I knew I wanted to come to Gettysburg for college,” said Peatman, a history major and secondary education minor who was an officer in the Civil War Club and Alpha Phi Omega, and played several intramural sports.

Peatman was a research assistant for Gabor Boritt, former professor and director emeritus of the Civil War Institute, for four years, and notes that Boritt was was a major influence on his academic career.

“I came to Gettysburg College because of my interest in the battle, but by working with Dr. Boritt, I also became fascinated with Abraham Lincoln,” he said. “My favorite class was The American Civil War on Film with Professor Ryan, who has been very supportive over the years. Dr. Michael Birkner has also stayed in touch and been a continuing mentor. I had so many wonderful professors that it feels unfair to point out only these few.”

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