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History Talks & Lectures

Annual Conference

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

We have a group of elite historians lined up to give History Talks and Lectures at the Annual Conference. These do not require reservations.

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 Strategic Imperatives and Tactical Realities: The Generalship of Lee and Longstreet at Gettysburg

Dick Sommers
Thursday, 8:30 am

This presentation evaluates the generalship of those two senior Confederate commanders in the Pennsylvania Campaign of 1863, particularly during the Battle of Gettysburg itself. It focuses on how the fundamental Southern strategy of invading the North governed -- or should have governed -- Confederate operations and tactics in the ensuing campaign and battle. Alluring alternative approaches are attractive, but they do not withstand the strategic imperatives and tactical realities that ruled the Gettysburg Campaign.

 Verbal Tapestry of the Gettysburg Address

Chuck Teague
Thursday, 9:30 am

No American speech is more studied and more respected than Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Short and succinct, yet there is far more to it than most people appreciate, as this word study of the address demonstrates. Like talented artisans weaving a magnificent tapestry, Lincoln carefully chose not threads, but words marvelously woven together to portray America as it had begun, as it was then struggling in the storm clouds of war, and as he dreamed it might become. For such a short message, it is amazing how he subtly used dramatic imagery and repetition to drive home his theme. His cadence builds to a hopeful climax few others could imagine, with power to enthral his fellow countrymen to make it happen.

 Small Arms of the Civil War

Larry Keener-Farley
Thursday, 10:30 am

This Power Point illustrated lecture will examine the most common weapons of the Civil War, how they manufactured or procured, distributed, used in the field, and some of the successful and unsuccessful innovations in weapons technology. The presentation will also be supplemented by a display of original weapons –muskets, rifles, rifle muskets, carbines, revolvers and edged weapons – that will allow close examination and even “light handling” by the attendees.

 Gettysburg 101: An Introduction to the Battle and its People

Jared Frederick
Thursday, 2:30 - 3:15 pm

One of the most studied battles in all of human history, the three day clash at Gettysburg and Abraham Lincoln’s subsequent address transformed the country in profound ways that continue to echo throughout the ages. In this concise yet engaging presentation, learn the who, what, when, where, and whys of the Civil War's most famous engagement. Incorporating historic photographs, vivid visuals, and comprehensive maps, this lecture serves as an ideal primer for this insightful conference.

 “Sickles the Preservationist”

Jim Hessler
Thursday, 3:30 - 4:15 pm

Join author and Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide James Hessler for a look at Gettysburg’s most colorful and controversial Union general: Daniel E. Sickles. Learn how General Sickles nearly lost the battle for the Union army, declared himself the winner, and then might have saved the battlefield for future generations.

 The Last Reunion: Gettysburg 1938

Dan Toomey
Thursday, 4:30 - 5:15 pm

Gettysburg was not only the scene of the most famous battle of the Civil War, but also both the largest and last reunions of the Blue and Gray. The road to these landmark events began nearby when the State of Maryland dedicated its own monument on the Antietam battlefield in 1900. With the gulf not yet closed between North and South, the idea of a state monument dedicated to the men of both armies who had fought each other on that famous battlefield opened the door for reconciliation on a grand scale. The State of Pennsylvania seized on this concept and working with the federal government invited ever living veteran of the Civil War, both Union and Confederate, to a grand reunion at Gettysburg on the 50th anniversary of the battle in 1913. The event was an unqualified success with over 50,000 veterans combined from both armies in attendance. During the closing ceremonies the Governor of Pennsylvania invited every living veteran of the Civil War to return to Gettysburg on the 75th anniversary of the battle for a final reunion of the Blue and Gray. Remarkably this event did take place in 1938. Dan Toomey, the author of several books on the Civil War in Maryland and the Veteran’s Period, will cover the highlights of these two very different reunions.

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