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The Gettysburg Battlefield Book Series

Gettysburg park rangers lead informal, one-hour discussions of notable history books, provide a brief overview of the week’s topic and guide the discussion. The meetings will be from 11 a.m. until Noon in the Ford Education Center of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.

From January 5 to February 2 the park will examine “The War for the Common Soldier” by Dr. Peter Carmichael. Carmichael, director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, scrutinizes how soldiers endured the brutal and unpredictable existence of army life during the Civil War. “Based on close examination of the letters and records left behind by individual soldiers from both the North and the South, Carmichael explores the totality of the Civil War experience--the marching, the fighting, the boredom, the idealism, the exhaustion, the punishments, and the frustrations of being away from families who often faced their own dire circumstances.”

From February 9 through March 2, the book series will study “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War” by Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust. Faust chronicles “the ways that death on such a scale changed not only individual lives but the life of the nation, describing how the survivors managed on a practical level and how a deeply religious culture struggled to reconcile the unprecedented carnage with its belief in a benevolent God.”

Upcoming Event Dates

  • JAN 5
  • JAN 12
  • JAN 19
  • JAN 26
  • FEB 2
  • FEB 9
  • FEB 16
  • FEB 23
  • MAR 2

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