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)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

First Day at Gettysburg

What better way to start work as a ranger at Gettysburg than by visiting Little Round Top early on a misty, foggy morning?

Greetings from Gettysburg National Military Park! Day one is in the books, and it was great. Looking forward to an amazing season ahead!


  1. Congratulations! Can't wait to see more pictures and hear more adventures!

  2. Looking forward to hearing about all the adventures! Great picture!