The Gettysburg Compiler is written and edited by students and staff of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. Established in 2012, it serves as a virtual bridge between our students and the public.
Most entries are researched and written by a Gettysburg College student during their time in the Civil War Institute Fellows Program. Participants in our Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program also contribute reflections on their summer experiences at historical sites across the East Coast in roles as varied as interpretation, curation, and education.
The research discussed on the Gettysburg Compiler interrogates important original sources, much of it housed in Special Collections at Musselman Library. Over the years, our scope has expanded to cover battlefield news and Civil War events in the local area, analyze contemporary issues through the lens of the Civil War, and examine how the war manifests itself in popular culture. Our authors also reflect frequently on the learning experiences offered by the CWI and how thinking historically informs their worldviews. At times, our coverage also includes reviews of exhibits, books, and more, as well as interviews with prominent voices in the Civil War community–many of whom speak at our annual summer conference.