Our Country's Fiery Ordeal

A blog about the American Civil War, written and maintained by historian Daniel J. Vermilya, author of The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain (History Press, 2014) and James Garfield and the Civil War (History Press, 2015)

Dedicated to my great-great-great grandfather, Private Ellwood Rodebaugh, Company D, 106th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, killed at the Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862.

"And may an Overuling Providence continue to cause good to come out of evil, justice to be done to all men where injustice has long prevailed, and finally, peace, quiet, and harmony to come out of this terrible confrontation and our country's fiery ordeal." -- Albert Champlin, 105th Ohio, Diary entry of June 19, 1864 (Western Reserve Historical Society)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Gettysburg Conference Day 2: Sunrise and Sunset

Today was day 2 of the Civil War Institute conference on the future of Civil War history in Gettysburg. It was a great day of lectures and discussions. Some very interesting themes and questions are developing. Among these are how different NPS sites interpret the battles or history that occurred there, as well as how to incorporate monuments and emancipation into battlefield interpretation in ways that will engage the next generation of historians. I will share more on here when the conference wraps up.

For now, enjoy what today's sunrise and sunset looked like from Gettysburg...

Sunrise from the Virginia Monument on Confederate Avenue this morning...

Sunset from Cemetery Ridge, with the marker indicating where Major General Winfield Scott Hancock was wounded on July 3, 1863, in the foreground...

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