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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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)

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The Intersection of Art and Public History: Schmucker Art Gallery’s Newest Exhibit, Jeffrey L. Lauck (October 12, 2015)

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Finally Speaking Up: Sexual Assault in the Civil War Era, Anika N. Jensen (October 5, 2015)

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The Clash of Storytelling and History, Ryan M. Nadeau (October 2, 2015)

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“What About Thad Stevens?”: A Call to Action to Commemorate a Great Gettysburgian and an even Greater American, Jeffrey L. Lauck (September 25, 2015)

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Re-Thinking James Buchanan, Ryan M. Nadeau (September 23, 2015)

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President Lincoln Finds a Permanent Seat on Campus: The Dedication of the New Abraham Lincoln Statue Outside Stevens Hall, Jeffrey L. Lauck (September 21, 2015)

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Say “Neigh” to Abuse: On the Treatment of Horses and Mules in the Civil War, Anika N. Jensen (September 15, 2015)

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Once More Unto The Breach, Kevin P. Lavery (September 8, 2015)

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Silent Guardian: The 15th New Jersey Monument, Elizabeth A. Smith (August 12, 2015)

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Making a Statement: The Alabama Memorial at Gettysburg, Matthew D. LaRoche (July 13, 2015)

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Once More Unto the Breach: 2015 Pohanka Interns Engage Public History, Kevin P. Lavery (July 8, 2015)

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Memory on Parade: The Gallipoli Centenary and Anzac Day Commemoration, Kevin P. Lavery (May 25, 2015)

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Gettysburg College Campus Purchased by Preservation Society, Kevin P. Lavery (May 8, 2015)

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Striking the Balance: Bringing Peace to the Battlefield of Preservation, Matthew D. LaRoche (May 4, 2015)

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On the Fields of Glory: A Student’s Reflections on Gettysburg, the Western Front, and Normandy, Kevin P. Lavery (April 27, 2015)

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Noble Sacrifice or Meaningless Death? Interpreting the 116th PA Monument, S. Marianne Johnson (April 24, 2015)

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The Unfinished Work: Slavery Today, Kevin P. Lavery (April 15, 2015)

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Take on Appomattox, Brianna E. Kirk (April 9, 2015)

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“Two Wars and the Long Twentieth Century:” A Response, Bryan G. Caswell and S. Marianne Johnson (April 3, 2015)

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Maybe, Maybe Not: The Tao of History, Kevin P. Lavery (April 1, 2015)

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Playing Catch-Up: Jonathan Letterman and the Triage System, Bryan G. Caswell (March 23, 2015)

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Searching for Stevens, Kevin P. Lavery (March 13, 2015)

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Crusading for the Truth, Kevin P. Lavery (March 11, 2015)

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The End is Near: The Civil War in 1864, Brianna E. Kirk (March 6, 2015)

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A Useable Past: First World War Training Camps on Civil War Battlefields, S. Marianne Johnson (March 2, 2015)

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“Children of the Damned”: An Indie Band Remembers Andersonville, Heather L. Clancy (February 16, 2015)

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“I am always thinking first of you:” The Chamberlains in Love and War, Bryan G. Caswell (February 14, 2015)

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“Caught between Southern Pride and Southern Blame”: Brad Paisley’s “Accidental Racist”, Brianna E. Kirk (February 2, 2015)

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100 Years Ago Today: Challenging the Christmas Truce, S. Marianne Johnson (January 11, 2015)

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Their Chance for Redemption?: The Dauphin County Regiment at Second Fredericksburg, Kevin P. Lavery (January 7, 2015)

2014

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Heavy Metal Gettysburg and the Allure of Emotive History, Kevin P. Lavery (December 26, 2014)

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“So here’s to the stars and stripes, me boys, And to Ireland’s lovely shore”, S. Marianne Johnson (December 24, 2014)

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A “friendship . . . born amidst the thunders of Gettysburg”: The Barlow- Gordon Incident, Brianna E. Kirk (December 24, 2014)

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Point/Counterpoint: Anchoring Historical Memory, Bryan G. Caswell and Heather L. Clancy '15 (November 21, 2014)

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Remembrance Day…But Remembering What?, S. Marianne Johnson (November 21, 2014)

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Hidden in Plain Sight: The Coster Avenue Mural, Brianna E. Kirk (November 17, 2014)

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Gettysburg: A Town Built on Tourism, Kevin P. Lavery (November 14, 2014)

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Lost: Sesquicentennial Sanity. If found, please contact Borough of Gettysburg., Kevin P. Lavery (November 12, 2014)

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Gettysburg’s Faustian Bargain, Kevin P. Lavery (November 10, 2014)

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Seduced by the “Dark Turn”, S. Marianne Johnson (October 31, 2014)

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The Specter of Gettysburg, Kevin P. Lavery (October 29, 2014)

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Battlefield Correspondence: Sarah Johnson at the Virginia Monument, S. Marianne Johnson (October 24, 2014)