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)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Live From Gettysburg...

Today I arrived in Gettysburg for the start of the Gettysburg College Civil War Institute's conference on the Future of Civil War history. The conference runs through Saturday and features academic and public historians discussing various ways to reach new generations with Civil War history in a meaningful and engaging manner.

The opening panel discussion was misconceptions on Civil War military history, and it was quite interesting. Some of the misconceptions discussed included how tactics affected casualties, the question of whether the Civil War was a "total war", and how West Point theories affected Civil War battles.

I look forward to posting about and discussing some of the things discussed at the conference on here in the near future. 

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