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The Evolution of the Military Dog Tag: From the Civil War to Present Day

By Savannah Labbe ’19 In doing research for my previous post on the U.S. Christian Commission, I came across an intriguing artifact: a Civil War era identification tag, or dog … Continue reading

October 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Authenticity of Memory: Belle Boyd, Spying, and Skepticism

By Danielle Jones ’18 Hollywood’s Civil War narrative is one that transports its viewers back to the golden age of hoop skirts, mint juleps, and a group of people who … Continue reading

October 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Tale of Two Universities: Harvard and Georgetown Accept Their Ties to Slavery

By Alex Andrioli ‘18 The Washington Ideas Forum, a Washington D.C. hot-ticket event, reconvened for its eighth year on September 28th and 29th, 2016. Leaders in politics, policy, race and … Continue reading

October 17, 2016 · 1 Comment

Civil War Mythbusters: Grappling with the Lost Cause

Last fall, CWI Fellow (and now Gettysburg College graduate) Megan McNish ’16 shared this reflection on the experience of commemorating the Civil War in spite of having no family members who … Continue reading

October 14, 2016 · Leave a comment


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