David Wills, an 1851 graduate of Gettysburg College was featured in a June 30 Toledo Blade article about the 150th anniversary of the battle.
From the Toledo Blade:
If you are still feeling energetic, you might stroll across one of the prettiest college quads in America, find the cozy haven of Pine Grove Cemetery, and pay your respects to this citizen-intellectual who turned the tide 150 years ago on the southern slope of an equally pretty rise called Little Round Top.
It is a matter of simple emotional survival to rationalize battles and wars, especially one pivotal three-day fight that resulted in at least 46,000 casualties, including the loss of 8,000 American lives.
How fortunate, then, that Gettysburg College graduate David Wills thought to invite President Abraham Lincoln to the November, 1863, dedication in Mr. Wills’ hometown to offer “a few appropriate remarks.”