The Gettysburg battlefield is still emerging into the public view 150 years after the Union and Confederate armies clashed there and left tens of thousands of casualties.
Gettysburg is a place of reinvention, a circumstance brought about by the continual need to find deeper meanings for the sacrifices made there and changes to the narrative of storytelling over the decades. (See Sept. 7, 2011 post Time and Memory at Gettysburg)
Walk or drive the battlefield today and one discovers a layering of interpretations since the Army of the Potomac veterans erected granite and bronze monuments to mark the site of their regimental locations twenty, thirty and forty years after the battle. READ MORE »