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A Beacon of Hope: Contraband Camps, Harpers Ferry, and John Brown

By Alex Andrioli '18 This post comes from the exhibit catalog for "Right to Serve, Right to Lead: Lives and Legacies of the USCT," an exhibition in Special Collections and College Archives at Musselman Library, Gettysburg College. During the spring ...
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“This Is War”: The Construction of the Laird Rams

By Hannah Christensen ‘17 By the spring of 1863, American ambassador to England Charles Francis Adams had a much bigger problem than the activities of British-built Confederate raiders on his hands: the construction of two 230-foot long ironclad rams in ...
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Marching in Step:  USCT Veterans and the Grand Army of the Republic

By Ryan Bilger ‘19 This post comes from the exhibit catalog for “Right to Serve, Right to Lead:  Lives and Legacies of the USCT,” an exhibition in Special Collections and College Archives at Musselman Library, Gettysburg College. During the spring of 2017, we ...
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A Home for Volunteers: Togus and the National Soldiers’ Homes

By Savannah Labbe '19 The current U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs traces its origins to the Civil War. Before the Civil War, there had been some attempts to provide services for veterans but these benefits were solely for career military ...
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Black Servicemen on the Seas: African Americans in the Union Navy

By Hannah Christensen '17 This post comes from the exhibit catalog for "Right to Serve, Right to Lead:  Lives and Legacies of the USCT," an exhibition in Special Collections and College Archives at Musselman Library, Gettysburg College. During the spring ...
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