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Civil War historian Troy ...
Civil War historian Troy Harmon takes the editor on a tour of the Gettysburg battlefield, where the famous and decisive battle took place 150 years ago.
But at least eight Confederate soldiers ...
But at least eight Confederate soldiers ended up buried alongside Union soldiers in Soldiers' National Cemetery, said Troy D. Harman, a park ranger and historian at Gettysburg National Military Park.
said there are several theories about how the Confederate soldiers got mixed in with the Union dead.
said, is buried among the Pennsylvania troops.
One of the Pennsylvania units was the Pennsylvania Volunteers.
"Volunteer could easily be construed for Virginia," Harman
Other Confederate men buried in the cemetery could have had their identity mistaken because they took a Union soldier's discarded clothing, or the identification they had on - typically limited to notes pinned on uniforms - was washed away in the rains that fell on Gettysburg in the days after the battle, Harman
Most of the greatest speakers in history weren't truly appreciated until after their death, said Troy D. Harman, historian and park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park.
When Lincoln was assassinated, Harman
said, "then suddenly, all of these words were precious."
Troy Harman, a park ranger, ...
Troy Harman, a park ranger, told the visitors he led in the memorial march that the field was a part of the nation's collective DNA.
Dress your lines," Harman, the park ranger, told his group, ordering them to stay in straight rows, shoulder to shoulder. But that was hard to do with so many of the participants in this modern march snapping photos with smart phones and shooting videos with their iPads.
One marcher yelled that the commemorative charge was trending on Twitter. Missing from this march was the artillery fire of 150 years ago that rained down the ranks, cutting some Confederate soldiers in half.
"You guys look good," Harman
"This is a fit group."
Among those following Harman
was Dianne Walsh, 67, of Westchester, Pa. On this day back in 1863, Walsh's great-great grandfather, Calvin Parker, marched across these same fields as part of a Confederate regiment from Virginia.
Back on the field, Harman, the park ranger, urged his group ahead.
The summer humidity led to a few casualties but not the carnage of 150 years ago.
"This is where they started running," Harman
group as it was about two-thirds to the Union line.
"But we won't do that."
It took about twenty minutes for the visitors to get across the field.
That is about the same amount of time it took the soldiers back in 1863. Then Pickett's division lost about 60 percent of its men.
Some of the bones of the dead are still buried on the field, Harman
"That is why this is sacred ground," he
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Rantings of a Civil War Historian » Battlefield preservation
"That just takes the wind out of you," said National Park Service ranger-historian Troy Harman, who has been studying the battle and working with preservationists to save at least some portion of the field.
...But ranger-historian Harman sees the battle a little differently.
says Custer planned a careful trap.
says the battle was important because it kept the attention of both sides focused on the northern end of the battlefield when the crucial struggle was to the south, at Little Round Top and the Peach Orchard.
The cavalry action further delayed and weakened Confederate attacks on Culp's Hill.It also delayed the redeployment of Union cavalry to the south, leaving the Union left flank unprotected on July 2.Harman
likes to call Hunterstown, four miles north of Gettysburg
, the "north cavalry field," following the pattern of the east and south cavalry fields.He
sees the seemingly separate cavalry actions from Hanover to Fairfield as unified elements, part of the big picture of the Battle of Gettysburg
"In all of these actions, Union cavalry buffered key Union positions in four directions of the compass," he
wrote in a recent article.
While I pretty vigorously disagree with most of Troy Harman's
interpretation of the fight, I do give him credit for focusing attention on this little gem of a battlefield (he calls it North Cavalry Field, a name I think is not only very appropriate, but also very fitting), and I had hoped that his
efforts might help to save the field.