Philadelphia and the Battle of Gettysburg
Monday, June 24, 2013
There’s no question that the Battle of Gettysburg, fought between the Union’s Grand Army of the Potomac and the Confederacy’s Army of Northern Virginia 150 years ago — July 1-3, 1863 — is one of the great, iconic battles of American military history. “So many soldiers on both sides fought bravely and died outside of this small, Pennsylvania town, that it became a proving ground for American courage and values,” says Civil War scholar Randall Miller, Ph.D., professor of history at Saint Joseph’s University. “There’s no comparable event that has taken place on American soil.”
In this video, Miller discusses the atmosphere in Philadelphia in the aftermath of the battle and mentions a very special Philadelphian connected to the Union effort.