Postcards from Gettysburg

"Come, Come! You can see now what in all your life you will never see again." - Gettysburg College Prof. Michael Jacobs to his 18-year-old son, Henry, on July 3, 1863. "How an Eye-Witness Watched the Great Battle," Adams County Historical Society.

Glimpses of Gettysburg 

With the commemoration over, here are some of the sights seen on campus and in town during the ten days of Gettysburg 150: Reflections of History, June 28 to July 7. 

 

1. President Riggs served as a guest conductor during the Fourth of July Gala Orchestra Concert outside of Pennsylvania Hall. 

Riggs - 150th

2. Chris Gwinn ’06, a National Park Service ranger, led a historical tour on campus, sharing the College’s connection to the battle with visitors. 

Chris Gwinn

3. Prof. Peter Carmichael and several of the College’s Civil War experts were interviewed by dozens of media outlets during the commemoration resulting in nearly 100 placements. Carmichael pictured while talking with Sirius XM. 

Carmichael

4. Luminaries lit up Soldiers’ National Cemetery on the eve of the battle’s first day as visitors reflected on the sacrifices of the fallen.

Luminaries

5. The view from the southern line during a commemorative march recreating Pickett’s Charge. Hailed as the high-water mark of the battle’s final day, participants walked from the Virginia Memorial on Confederate Avenue to the stone wall on Cemetery Ridge, also known as The Angle. 

Picketts Charge

6. Devil’s Den–a ridge of large boulders west of Little Round Top on the battlefield that saw fierce fighting on the second day of battle–was one of many landmarks that saw some of the 240,000 visitors during the ten days. 

Devils Den

7. Prof. Allen Guelzo’s latest book, Gettysburg: The Last Invasion (Knopf, 2013), spent numerous weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and kept him in the media’s sights.

Guelzo

For more on the Sesquicentennial commemoration, visit www.gettysburg.edu/cw2013.

Posted: Sun, 1 Sep 2013

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