Civil War 150th anniversary kicks off at Gettysburg College

As nationwide commemorations of the Civil War's 150th anniversary begin this month, Gettysburg College is at the epicenter, with events on campus and the launch of a new Civil War blog, "901 Stories From Gettysburg."

The first of many campus events will present the conflict's deeply personal impact on one fighting man, a 21-year-old needlemaker from Philadelphia who joined the 28th Pennsylvania. "Last to Leave the Field," a live-streamed lecture, will be presented April 14 by Tim Orr, a professor of history at Old Dominion University and 2001 Gettysburg College graduate.

Orr will recount how from Antietam to Gettysburg to Chancellorsville, Ambrose Henry Hayward vividly details his participation in a dozen battles in letters now kept in Special Collections in Gettysburg College's Musselman Library. The discussion will center on material from Orr's soon-to-be-published book.

The lecture, set for 7 p.m. in Room 260 of the College Union Building located along West Lincoln Avenue will be free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book signing. The talk is presented by the College's Civil War Institute (CWI) and Friends of Musselman Library.

Orr will also lead a battlefield tour of Culp's Hill and CWI Director Peter Carmichael will host a book discussion of "Fighting for the Confederacy: The Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander" on April 16. The tour/book discussion runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., includes a luncheon, and requires an RSVP with payment of $20.00. The tour/luncheon/book discussion is limited to 40 people.

Find out more about the Orr lecture, battlefield tour, or book discussion.
Register and pay online for the tour.

Questions? Call the CWI at 717-337-6590 or email

Gettysburg College's CWI also launched a new blog, 901 Stories From Gettysburg, earlier this month. Under the direction of Carmichael, with support from 1994 grad Pete Vermilyea, the blog features posts written by Gettysburg College students who examine the less-known aspects of Gettysburg's Civil War history.

Also as sequicentennial commemorations begin, Luce Professor of Civil War Era Studies Allen Guelzo has written or been quoted about the Civil War in publications including the New York Post, Smithsonian magazine, and The Root.

"The Conspirator," a film that opens nationwide April 15, and tells the story of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination, will be shown at Gettysburg's Majestic Theater. Show times and additional information are available here.

Find out more about Civil War related events taking place in Gettysburg.

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The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College uses an interdisciplinary approach to engage diverse audiences in a dialogue about the Civil War.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college, which enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students, is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Nikki Rhoads, assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803

Posted: Mon, 11 Apr 2011




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