Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Dead Confederate soldiers who had evidently been shelled by our batteries on Round Top. Date Created/Published: 1863 July.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Dead Confederate soldiers who had evidently been shelled by our batteries on Round Top. Date Created/Published: 1863 July.

General JEB Stuart. Now this guy was a colorful character if there ever was one. Definitely a history worth reading about if you don't know much about him :-)

General JEB Stuart. Now this guy was a colorful character if there ever was one. Definitely a history worth reading about if you don't know much about him :-)

Since this "essay" revolves around the Civil War it seems only fitting to give a brief overview of it. This infographic does just that. For a refresher course click on the image. [Civil War Facts Infographic from the National Park Service] More

"Battles of the Civil War" Infographic from the Civil War Trust http://www.civilwar.org/resources/battles-of-the-civil-war-infographic.html#.T_Npc47zoQI

"Battles of the Civil War" Infographic from the Civil War Trust http://www.civilwar.org/resources/battles-of-the-civil-war-infographic.html#.T_Npc47zoQI

Dedication of a monument on the battlefield at Gettysburg, ca. 1880s.   In his Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln recast the Civil War as a second American revolution, a rebirth of freedom. While the states did reunite in 1865, Gettysburg remained a scar on the national psyche. The battlefields became a site for reflection and remembrance, where veterans built monuments to fallen comrades and Americans came, as they still do today, to try to make sense of the human toll of the Civil War.

Dedication of a monument on the battlefield at Gettysburg, ca. 1880s. In his Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln recast the Civil War as a second American revolution, a rebirth of freedom. While the states did reunite in 1865, Gettysburg remained a scar on the national psyche. The battlefields became a site for reflection and remembrance, where veterans built monuments to fallen comrades and Americans came, as they still do today, to try to make sense of the human toll of the Civil War.

Ginnie Wade, killed by one of the 150 bullets that hit her sister's house, was the only civilian killed during the Battle of Gettysburg.

Ginnie Wade, killed by one of the 150 bullets that hit her sister's house, was the only civilian killed during the Battle of Gettysburg.

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