Monthly Archives: June 2015

Gettysburg’s Soldiers

Sometimes we have this unspoken idea that Gettysburg residents got exemption papers in the early days of the war because they would “host” a battle. Okay, maybe you never thought of it that way…but we don’t usually think of soldiers … Continue reading

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July 2015: Holiday History & Craft

Fourth of July is next weekend, and if I delayed this post ’til next Monday, the holiday we’re celebrating will have come and gone. So here’s the post a few days early! Today, we’ll explore the history of Fourth of … Continue reading

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The Ball & The Battlefield: Women & Waterloo

For better or for worse, romantic myths surround the Battle of Waterloo. There is something irresistible in the legends of the Duchess of Richmond’s Ball – a blossoming romance and then coming battle separating lovers. But how accurate are these ideals? … Continue reading

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17th Pennsylvania Cavalry: Messages & Sabers

He grimaced, took a deep breath, and spoke with effort. “I’m Corporal Thomas Russell. 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry. My company’s attached to the Eleventh Corps headquarters. We’re couriers.” ~Blue, Gray & Crimson The 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry is unique because was actually in … Continue reading

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Reputations, Redcoats, & Squares: British Soldiers At Waterloo

There is an infamous quote by the Duke of Wellington regarding his British troops: “our [army] is composed of the scum of the earth — the mere scum of the earth. It is only wonderful that we should be able … Continue reading

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10th Virginia: “We Almost Whipped The Yankees”

“I’m Harold Cooper, a private in the 10th Virginia Infantry,” he added with pride. “And we almost whipped the Yankees.” ~Harold Cooper, from Blue, Gray & Crimson Many Confederate regiments could have said “we almost whipped the Yankees” after the … Continue reading

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