What did the Gettysburg civilians actually think of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address? How did they feel about the president coming to their town? This blog post answers those questions by letting the spectators of the historic day “speak for themselves.” This post is a companion piece to last week’s article The Day of the Gettysburg Address. … Continue reading Gettysburg Civilians Reflect On The Gettysburg Address
I have a theory, a belief, a conviction. Usually civilians get ignored in the studies of war. But at Gettysburg, something mysterious happens… The civilian population of 1863 was called awful names and often berated by national newspapers. The years passed and some of the civilians in the town redeemed their reputation, but a stigma … Continue reading Why Do We Ignore Gettysburg Civilians?
I still like to write and receive hand-written letters. I know, it’s very old-fashion, but emails, texting, and private messaging (despite their convenience) just don’t compare to words shaped by friend’s hand. However, I have a rule – I do not write letters when I am upset. (No, Pen-Pals, I haven’t been upset – just up to … Continue reading Power of the Pen (Civilians and War, Part 4)
Spoiler Alert! The Westmore Family in Blue, Gray & Crimson stay at their home through the battle and aftermath, but not every Gettysburg family did. Some, like the Thorn Family, left their home because the officers ordered them to leave. Many others departed to get to a safer location away from the battle. However, there … Continue reading Fleeing To Stay Free (Gettysburg Civilians)
Civilians support armies. It’s as simple as that. And when armies don’t have home front support…well, there’s a historic example about fifty years ago (unfortunately). But rather than use a negative example, let’s take a look at World War II which may be the all-time best example of civilians supporting their armies and cause. 300,000 … Continue reading 300,000 Airplanes, Scrap Drives, & Cheerful Giving – Civilians in War, Part 3
One of my favorite history books about the American War for Independence is George Washington: Spymaster by Thomas B. Allan. The spy network used on both sides during this conflict was incredible, especially given the limited “technology” they possessed. Today, we’ll use the American War for Independence setting and look at the role civilians played … Continue reading I’ll Spy On You – Civilians & War, Part 2