Tag Archive | Gettysburg Campaign

We have found one another again as brothers and comrades in arms, enemies no longer, generous friends rather, our battles long past, the quarrel forgotten—except that we shall not forget the splendid valor… Woodrow Wilson

The Gettysburg campaign – and it is most properly considered a campaign rather than a battle or a series of battles – ended on July 4 as did the battle of Vicksburg. Almost mythically the victories are linked to the date as though it had some amuletic effect. Never mind that the side that was […]

The universal practice of carrying arms in the South is undoubtedly the cause of occasional loss of life, and is much to be regretted. On the other hand, this custom renders altercations and quarrels of very rare occurrence, for people are naturally careful what they say when a bullet may be the probable result… LtC Sir Arthur James Lyon Fremantle, HM Coldstream Guards, 24 May 1863

This is an interesting book – more so for what it isn’t than what it is – it is not two objective accounts of the Battle of Gettysburg. Whitelaw Reid was a journalist who never served a day in a militia let alone an army but who sought to cover himself with the flag for […]