Gettysburg and the Great War
S. Marianne Johnson '15, Gettysburg College
Civil War Era Studies
Fifty years after the conclusion of the Civil War, the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania faced the challenge of another war. From 1914 to 1917, the townspeople followed events in Europe closely, becoming vehement supporters of the American entry into the war by April 1917. In 1918, the Gettysburg Battlefield became inundated with American soldiers for the second time in its history, as doughboys trained for overseas service on the site of Pickett’s Charge. This paper considers the way the town of Gettysburg reacted to and mobilized for the First World War. It explores the notion of a ‘forgotten’ American war in a place that is perpetually haunted by war memories.
Johnson, S. Marianne and Ian Isherwood. “Gettysburg and the Great War,” War and Society 36, no. 3. 2017.