Gettysburg 150 is prompting books, tours, monument dedications, speeches – and original music. Musician Jeff Stike of Peach Bottom Township was inspired by his Civil War ancestors and particularly the burning of the Wrightsville Bridge in 1863 to keep the Confederates from crossing. ‘When I realized how that all played into it, I thought, ‘what a great story to tell for myself and for everybody,’” the York County, Pa., resident told the York Daily Record/Sunday News for the story “Soldiers’ stories inspire York County musician’s “Gettysburg” album.” ‘That’s what started it all.’ Meanwhile, this map, created by Mike Males and appearing included in the ‘Gettysburg’ liner notes, gives a interesting and informative look at troops movements in the three-day Battle of Gettysburg. Also of interest: Check out these stories and photographs about York County in the Civil War.
More informative Gettysburg 150 links from all over … .
The Civil War was controversial in its day – and today.
Here are discussions on several of those controversies, as framed by posts on this blog and in my York Sunday News column:
- Pro/Con: Should York’s leaders have surrendered to the rebels?.
- York County can never forget this unknown, black Civil War soldier. But we have..
- Why would Yorkers applaud a Rebel who invaded their soil?
Best of books: The Hanover Evening Sun’s Marc Charisse is a journalist/historian and a lover books. So here’s his list of Civil War best bets.
More Gettysburg 150: This Gettysburg art exhibit focuses on Abraham Lincoln.
Gettysburg 150 in New York: A Gettysburg flag is on display at the Starr Library in Rhinebeck, N.Y. That’s a good reminder that as involved as this region is in the Gettysburg anniversary, so are many other communities that sent troops there. Interestingly, Civil War historian Scott Mingus has observed that relatively few York/Adams soldiers fought in Gettysburg. The New York blag was carried by Rhinebeck soldiers in the Battle of Gettysburg.
Author is everywhere: Jeff Shaara, best-known as a Civil War writer, will appear in York for a York County Heritage Trust speech and also, as you might expect, in Gettysburg.