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“A National Sin”: Samuel Simon Schmucker, Founder of Gettysburg College, on the Peculiar Institution

By Meg Sutter ’16 Many music and art students at Gettysburg College would recognize the name Schmucker as their building, or affectionately their ‘home,’ on campus. Alumni might even remember … Continue reading

April 6, 2016 · 3 Comments

Challenging Lincoln: How Gettysburg’s Lincoln-centric Emancipation Narrative Has Overshadowed Local Black History

By Jeff Lauck ’18 When it comes to symbols of emancipation, President Abraham Lincoln is king. No other person is more associated with the abolition of slavery than “The Great … Continue reading

February 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

Joshua Chamberlain on Mars: Chambermania and Beyond!

By Ryan Nadeau ’16 You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to observe one fact about Mars: it has a lot of rocks. While each is typically given a … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts

By Kevin Lavery ’16 I had no plans of writing a blog post this week. I said my piece on ghost tours last year. This Halloween, it was the next … Continue reading

October 31, 2015 · Leave a comment


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Our soldier for #SoldierSunday is General Thomas Francis Meagher (pronounced Mar). Meagher commanded the 69th New York Infantry, which became the first unit to make up the Irish Brigade after its formation by Meagher himself. He commanded the 'Fighting Sixty-Ninth' for many important battles including Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. Many in the 69th NY were part of the Fenian Brotherhood, Irish republican nationalists who supported the overthrow of the British in Ireland, linked to the Easter Rising that occurred on April 24, 1916, 100 years to this day.

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