Public Open House

The National Park Service is preparing foundation documents to guide planning and management of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. The public is invited to participate in this effort at an open house on April 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg. http://www.nps.gov/gett/learn/news/public-open-house.htm …read more

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Updated Snow in Gettysburg

The park is closed today for snow.  I would love to catch a plane in the morning and fly up to Washington Dulles, rent a four wheel drive car, and get up to Gettysburg to take snow photos, but this isn’t the best time for me.  I was starting to feel bad about missing it until I checked the live feed.  Not as much snow as I expected, at least on Cemetery Ridge.  Well that makes me feel a little better.

Snow in Gettysburg

From friends in Gettysburg posts on facebook, I have seen snow in Gettysburg.  Living in Texas, trying to time visits in order to see snow is a difficult.  Last minute trips are expensive and I need to justify the expense.  While my books are selling on Amazon, my photo sales on thomasieshen.com have been a little slow to take off.  Remember to use the promo code Getty to get 30% off all purchases on my website.

Spring is coming to Texas and the Irises will be up soon at Mercer Park and I will add a gallery of them and other spring flowers to my site, but what I really want to do is see Gettysburg in the snow.  While the battle was fought in July and they weren’t any major battles fought in the snow, so there is no historical reason to add photographs of Gettysburg National Military Park to my website other than I think they will look cool.

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“The Colors of the Blue – Flags of the Union Army” – February 14 – 15

From the Gettysburg Foundation Latest News

 

“The Colors of the Blue – Flags of the Union Army” – February 14 – 15

“The Colors of the Blue – Flags of the Union Army” will be on display at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center, Saturday and Sunday, February 14 and 15. The display will include reproductions of the most common flags of the Union Army infantry, cavalry, and artillery units, and the flags designating corps, division and brigade commanders.

As the Civil War approached, there were 33 stars in the United States flag. Even as states were seceding in the winter of 1860-61, Kansas was admitted to the Union in 1861, bringing the total to 34 stars. Later in the war, West Virginia would make 35 stars in 1863, and Nevada would bring the total to 36 stars in 1864. As states left the Union, some people suggested that their stars be removed from the flag but Lincoln refused since he believed secession was illegal. Thus, the flag included the stars of the seceded states.

Other than the overall size, six by six and one-half feet, there was no standard design for the United States flag carried by the U. S. Army. The flags were made by private contractors and the blue field varied from one-third to one-half the width of the flag. Stars were in various sizes and were placed in rows, circles, ovals and geometric patterns. Most stars were rendered in gold paint.

Flags served practical purposes on the battlefield. They helped to control troops by indicating alignment and direction of movement; observing flags helped commanders follow the course of a battle, and they aided messengers in locating commanders.

In addition to the Stars and Stripes, infantry and cavalry regiments were authorized to carry blue flags with the American eagle. The eagle was painted so each flag was a unique work of art.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania issued special flags to its troops. Infantry regiments received a Stars and Stripes flag that had the state coat-of-arms painted among the stars. Cavalry regiments were given small blue flags with the state coat-of-arms rather than an American eagle as specified in the U.S. Army Regulations.

The Battle of Gettysburg was the first time a new system of headquarters designating flags were used in battle. They indicated the location of corps, division and brigade commanders on the battlefield. Enlisted men carried the flags and followed the commanders so that messengers could easily locate the generals and deliver important dispatches.

The display is being presented by the Civil War Dance Foundation (CWDF) as part of its educational outreach programming. The flags in the display are on loan from the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee, Camp Curtin Historical Society, 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry, James Fouts, and Annette & Lawrence Keener-Farley.

In addition to conducting Civil War balls, dance demonstrations and classes, the CWDF also presents military and civilian artifact displays and lectures on a variety of Civil War topics. The Civil War Dance Foundation leads the dancing at the Civil War Preservation Ball and National Civil War Ball. These two balls have raised over $150,000 for Gettysburg National Military Park. In 2011, the CWDF was named the Reenactment Unit of the Year by the Civil War Trust in recognition of its support of preservation projects.