Civil War Era Studies
By the time he came to Adams County in 1909, John Esch had been a Wisconsin representative to the U.S. House of Representatives for two decades. But today was not just any ordinary day in the life of a congressman. Esch came to speak in the Soldiers' National Cemetery; it was Memorial Day. "Except for the difference in the number here," the Gettysburg Times noted after a note on shrinking attendance, "Memorial Day 1909 was little difference from those of former years." (excerpt)
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Rudy, John. "Decoration Days and Memorial Days." Gettysburg Times (March 22, 2017).
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This article appeared in the Gettysburg Times as part of the Adams County Historical Society's "Historically Speaking" column, March 22, 2017.