The Gettysburg Compiler is a scholarly blog written and edited by students and staff of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. Its purpose is to be a virtual bridge between student research and the public. Each entry is researched and written by a Gettysburg College student while serving as a Civil War Institute Fellow. Their work interrogates important original sources, much of it housed in the Special Collections at the Musselman Library.

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2017

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A Bid for Brotherhood: The Civil War and the Emergence of the Lexington Triad, Jonathan G. Danchik (February 8, 2017)

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Cannons and Columns: The Phoenix Iron Company and the Civil War, Laurel J. Wilson (January 30, 2017)

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For Duty, Honor, and Family: Color Bearers in the Civil War, Savannah A. Labbe (January 25, 2017)

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Finding Meaning in the Flag: Birth of a Symbol, Olivia J. Ortman (January 23, 2017)

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Finding Meaning in the Flag: Contextualizing the Confederate Flag, Olivia J. Ortman (January 9, 2017)

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From Farmers to Soldiers: Raising a Civil War Volunteer Regiment, Savannah A. Labbe (January 2, 2017)

2016

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Star Wars, Syria, and Our Civil War: Bearing Witness to Atrocity and Suffering, Kevin P. Lavery (December 21, 2016)

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A Hike through History: Students Explore the Appalachian Trail, Laurel J. Wilson (December 14, 2016)

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The Unknown Legacy of the 13th Amendment, Danielle E. Jones (December 12, 2016)

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The 2016 Fortenbaugh Lecture: Individual Responses to Lincoln’s Assassination, Hannah M. Christensen (December 7, 2016)

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A Soldier and His Many Hats: The Evolution of American Military Headgear, Jonathan E. Tracey (December 5, 2016)

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The Disquieted Heart and the Lighted Path: LeVar Burton’s Dedication Day Speech, Matthew D. LaRoche (November 23, 2016)

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Sticking to His Plan: An Interview with Dedication Day Keynote Speaker LeVar Burton, Anika N. Jensen (November 21, 2016)

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Something Must Be Done: The Construction and Dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Hannah M. Christensen (November 19, 2016)

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A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Past: The National Museum of African American History and Culture, Danielle E. Jones (November 14, 2016)

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In the Shadow of the Twentieth: Maine Regiments at Gettysburg, Savannah A. Labbe (November 9, 2016)

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Point/Counterpoint: The Gettysburg Battlefield Marathon, Jeffrey L. Lauck and Matthew D. LaRoche (November 4, 2016)

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The Moment We’ve all Been Waiting For: Lee’s Gettysburg Headquarters Opens, Savannah Rose (October 31, 2016)

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Grave’s Anatomy: Abolitionists, Body Snatchers, and the Demise of Winchester Medical College, Kaylyn L. Sawyer (October 26, 2016)

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The Evolution of the Military Dog Tag: From the Civil War to Present Day, Savannah A. Labbe (October 24, 2016)

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A Tale of Two Universities: Harvard and Georgetown Accept Their Ties to Slavery, Alexandria J. Andrioli (October 17, 2016)

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Remember Harpers Ferry: Masculinity and the 126th New York, Anika N. Jensen (October 10, 2016)

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All For Honor: Officer Responses to the McConaughy Letters, Olivia J. Ortman (October 7, 2016)

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Images of Power, Images of War: Schmucker Art Gallery’s New Exhibit, Laurel J. Wilson (October 3, 2016)

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First In the Nation’s History: Gettysburg From Battlefield Memorial Association to National Park, Hannah M. Christensen (September 30, 2016)

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Intersections of Religion and War: Examining a USCC Diary, Savannah A. Labbe (September 26, 2016)

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Lessons from My European Travels: Love, Hate, and the Fate of Humanity, Matthew D. LaRoche (September 23, 2016)

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Beneath the Mulberry Tree: Sarah Edmonds and Women in Memory, Anika N. Jensen (September 19, 2016)

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An End to Slavery in the Confederacy: One of the Civil War's Greatest "What-Ifs", Jeffrey L. Lauck (September 1, 2016)

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Ten Weeks at Manassas, Kevin P. Lavery (August 30, 2016)

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A Summer at FredSpot: Far More Than Answering Phones and Getting Coffee, Jeffrey R. Martin (August 25, 2016)

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"Throwing Light" on Life at The Wayside, Alexandria J. Andrioli (August 23, 2016)

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A Connecticut Yankee in Jeff Davis's Court, Jeffrey L. Lauck (August 18, 2016)

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Changemakers: Harpers Ferry History Prompts Social Awareness, Anika N. Jensen (August 16, 2016)

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Serving the Public First: Archives 2.0, Matthew D. LaRoche (August 6, 2016)

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Yonder Stands Jackson Beyond Reproach, Kevin P. Lavery (August 2, 2016)

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The 'Angel of Marye's Heights' and Civil War Memory, Jonathan G. Danchik (July 19, 2016)

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"Of the Human Heart": Personal Significance and the Key to Interpretation, Alexandria J. Andrioli (July 13, 2016)

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Understanding the Civil War and Its Place in the American Mind, Kevin P. Lavery (June 27, 2016)

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Beyond the Battlefield: The Park That Once Was Stevens’s Furnace, Kevin P. Lavery (June 24, 2016)

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The Mysteries of History and the Digital Age, Ryan M. Nadeau (June 20, 2016)

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Confederate War Etchings: Adalbert J. Volck’s Visual Depiction of the Confederate War Effort, Savannah G. Rose (June 13, 2016)

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Securing the High Ground: The Civil War Roots of Aerial Reconnaissance, Kaylyn L. Sawyer (May 30, 2016)

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From Post to Park: The Fort Monroe National Monument, Kaylyn L. Sawyer (May 27, 2016)

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Instruments of War: A Canadian Musician in a Rhode Island Regiment, Ryan M. Nadeau (May 16, 2016)

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“The Union Forever”: Frederick, Maryland in the Elections of 1860 and 1864, Megan E. McNish (May 2, 2016)

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Harriet takes the $20: Black Bodies, Historical Precedence, and Political Implications, Megan E. McNish (April 29, 2016)

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“A Terrible Beauty is Born”: A Panel on the 1916 Easter Rising, Meg A. Sutter (April 27, 2016)

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This Month in Civil War History: April 2016, Jeffrey L. Lauck (April 25, 2016)

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Find Your Park Friday: For the Love of Nature, Jeffrey L. Lauck (April 22, 2016)

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Special Collections Roadshow — Episode Ten: Union Uniform, Meg A. Sutter and Megan E. McNish (April 18, 2016)

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Find Your Park Friday: Meg and Megan Take Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP, Meg A. Sutter and Megan E. McNish (April 15, 2016)

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The Forgotten 150th: Why the Civil War Sesquicentennial is Far From Over, Jeffrey L. Lauck (April 8, 2016)

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“A National Sin”: Samuel Simon Schmucker, Founder of Gettysburg College, on the Peculiar Institution, Meg A. Sutter (April 6, 2016)

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A Thaddeus Stevens Musical: A 19th Century Hamilton?, Megan E. McNish (April 4, 2016)

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Our Reconciliationist Pastime: How Baseball Contributed to the Reunification of White America, Jeffrey L. Lauck (April 1, 2016)

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The Literal Reconstruction of VMI: Resolved to Be, Kaylyn L. Sawyer (March 29, 2016)

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Prostitution and the Civil War, Anika N. Jensen (March 28, 2016)

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Sons of our Founding Fathers: Men of Renowned Lineage and the American Civil War, Ryan M. Nadeau (March 23, 2016)

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This Month in Civil War History: March 2016, Jeffrey L. Lauck (March 21, 2016)

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What I Saw of the Rally: A Few Observations from the Confederate Flag Protests, Jeffrey L. Lauck (March 18, 2016)

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Tactical Insight and Sick Burns from a Woman at War: The Diary of Nadine Turchin, Ryan M. Nadeau (March 15, 2016)

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The Literal Reconstruction of VMI: Reunion, Restitution, Remembrance, Kaylyn L. Sawyer (March 14, 2016)

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A Middle East Perspective: Civil War Memory in Syria and at Home, Anika N. Jensen (March 11, 2016)

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Causing Conversation: Civil War Memory in Beyoncé’s “Formation”, Anika N. Jensen (March 9, 2016)

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Historicizing the Free Speech Debate: Harold Holzer on Lincoln and Censorship, Anika N. Jensen (March 4, 2016)

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Challenging Lincoln: How Gettysburg’s Lincoln-centric Emancipation Narrative Has Overshadowed Local Black History, Jeffrey L. Lauck (February 28, 2016)

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This Month in Civil War History: February 2016, Jeffrey L. Lauck (February 22, 2016)

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The Literal Reconstruction of VMI: To Obliterate or Not to Obliterate?, Kaylyn L. Sawyer (February 17, 2016)

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Special Collections Roadshow – Episode 9: Medical Kit, Meg A. Sutter and Megan E. McNish (February 15, 2016)

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From Russia with Love: John and Nadine Turchin, Ryan M. Nadeau (February 12, 2016)

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Love Amidst Tragedy: The Story of Sandie Pendleton and Kate Corbin, Meg A. Sutter (February 10, 2016)

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A Soldier and his Nurse: The Star-Crossed Tragedy of Frank and Arabella Barlow, Jeffrey L. Lauck (February 8, 2016)

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Lisa Wolfinger, Executive Producer of PBS’s Mercy Street, Talks History and Memory, Kevin P. Lavery (February 1, 2016)

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Hamilton: Musical Theater, Public History’s New Frontier?, Megan E. McNish (January 29, 2016)

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Special Collections Roadshow — Episode Eight: Emory Upton’s Tactical Blocks, Meg A. Sutter and Megan E. McNish (January 27, 2016)

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Sexual Healing: Nurses, Gender, and Victorian Era Intimacy, Anika N. Jensen (January 25, 2016)

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This Month in Civil War History: January 2016, Jeffrey L. Lauck (January 22, 2016)

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The Missing Link: The Search for the Connection Between Young Americans for Freedom and Charles Willoughby, Jeffrey L. Lauck (January 8, 2016)

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game (And Away From Camp): How Soldiers Used Sports to Cope During War Time, Anika N. Jensen (January 6, 2016)

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Special Collections Roadshow — Episode Seven: Housewife, Meg A. Sutter and Megan E. McNish (January 4, 2016)

2015

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Crack Open a Bottle of General Lee – A Second Course, Ryan M. Nadeau (December 30, 2015)

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This Month in Civil War History: December 2015, Jeffrey L. Lauck (December 28, 2015)

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Dead Broets Society: Masculinity in Walt Whitman’s War Verse, Anika N. Jensen (December 21, 2015)

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The Oatmeal Brigade: Quaker Life During the Civil War, Anika N. Jensen (December 18, 2015)

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The Saint Patrick’s Battalion: Loyalty, Nativism, and Identity in the Nineteenth Century and Today, Kevin P. Lavery (December 11, 2015)

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Joshua Chamberlain on Mars: Chambermania and Beyond!, Ryan M. Nadeau (December 7, 2015)

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Lost Cause in the Oval Office: Woodrow Wilson’s Racist Policies and White-Washed Memory of the Civil War, Jeffrey L. Lauck (December 2, 2015)

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General McClellan is a Fruitcake and Other Tasteful Metaphors, Ryan M. Nadeau (November 27, 2015)

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The Grand Parade: Remembering the American Civil War, Elizabeth A. Smith (November 23, 2015)

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Some Small Tribute: How Modern Americans Find Meaning in the National Cemetery, Matthew D. LaRoche (November 19, 2015)

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CWI Radio Report: Dedication Day and Remembrance Day 2015, Jeffrey L. Lauck (November 17, 2015)

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The Good, the Great, and the Ugly of Public History, Jeffrey L. Lauck (November 10, 2015)

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On the Road: A Summer Odyssey in Dixie, Jeffrey L. Lauck (November 9, 2015)

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Ready, Aim, Feminism: When Women Went Off to War, Anika N. Jensen (November 6, 2015)

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A Woman in Soldier’s Dress: Then and Now, Elizabeth A. Smith (November 3, 2015)

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A Woman in Soldier’s Dress: Taking the Field, Elizabeth A. Smith (November 2, 2015)

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I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts, Kevin P. Lavery (October 31, 2015)

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Seeing the Sorrow Anew: Recapturing the Reality of Suffering Through Srebrenica, Matthew D. LaRoche (October 26, 2015)

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“The Colored Soldiers”—The Poem You Never Knew Existed, Matthew D. LaRoche (October 19, 2015)