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George Beidelman and the 71st Pennsylvania Volunteers

By Avery C. Lentz '14 In 1861 there were thousands upon thousands of young men who signed up to fight for their country for a multitude of reasons. In the case of George Washington Beidelman, his motivations were stated: he ...
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Mission 66 and the Creation of the Cyclorama Building: Part Two of Three

By Tricia Runzel '13, Gabby Hornbeck '13, and Becky Oakes '13 Within the last couple of years, the Gettysburg Cyclorama Building has become a point of tension for Gettysburg buffs across the country. After a long battle, the National Park ...
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“An incredible joy filled my heart”: The Capture and Escape of Johannes Sachs

By Drew Hoffman '15 Born in Mittlesinn, Hessen, Johannes Sachs was a veteran before he left Germany for the United States in 1850. He fought in the extremely chaotic rebellions of 1848 for the liberal idealism of equality and popular ...
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Review of “The Curtain Falls”: a Lecture by Professor Allen Guelzo

By Andrew Bothwell '13 What was the Civil War fought for? Dr. Allen Guelzo, in part four of the four-part lecture series A Walk through the Civil War, set out to resolve this question. The final lecture, titled “The Curtain ...
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A CWI Fellow Reflects on the Future of Civil War History Conference

By Heather Clancy '15 At the Civil War Institute’s Spring Conference held March 14 through 16, a stunning variety of historians and Civil War enthusiasts (many armed with smartphones and tweeting away with the hashtag #cwfuture) grappled with the many ...
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