The Gettysburg Semester @ Gettysburg College

For those of you who can’t get enough of Gettysburg or the American Civil War, and who are currently undergraduate students, here’s an opportunity worth considering: The Gettysburg Semester at Gettysburg College.

Each fall semester, the Civil War Era Studies program brings a group of undergraduate students to Gettysburg College, where they are immersed in the study of the American Civil War. From living in a 19th-century mansion to treading the battlefields where America’s fate was decided, The Gettysburg Semester students enjoy a unique experience. As part of the program, they generally take four courses: Interpretation of the Civil War, Field Experience in Civil War Era Studies, and two courses of their choosing. Many students elect to forgo a fourth course and substitute it with a public history internship. In the past, students have interned at Gettysburg National Military Park, Antietam National Battlefield, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, the Adams County Historical Society, and the Shriver House Museum. Such hands-on internships and interdisciplinary study help to reveal a multifaceted history and shed light on the men and women who lived it.

You can learn even more by visiting The Gettysburg Semester website.

A Chuckle from Heritage Correctness

First … fond as I am of devising new ways to denote certain things, I want to introduce into the dialogue the concept of “heritage correctness.” It’s a distant cousin of what we hear called “political correctness” but bears little relation to what might be called “historical correctness.” After all, it’s heritage, not history, as we all know.

Here’s one example from the gift that keeps on giving:

Defending our Heritage means aiming for the truth!

Given the image that accompanies this declaration, this means shooting the truth down dead in its tracks.

And so it goes.

In related news, the name of one of our most frequent commenters in past weeks has vanished from this informative statement. What happened, Michael Lucas?

Searching for One’s Son

One of the classic pieces of Civil War literature is the account left by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., about looking for his wounded son (the future Supreme Court justice) after Antietam. Young Holmes was an officer in the famed 20th Massachusetts; although later he would speak about how his heart was “touched by fire” by the conflict,in 1864 he had seen enough of the war to go home.

The senior Holmes’s story appeared in the December 1862 issue of The Atlantic, and you can read it here.