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Sat, June 17, 2017

On a Great Battlefield: The History of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1863-2016

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This lecture is held in the multipurpose rooms of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The USAHEC opens at 10:00 a.m., and the roundtable discussion is from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. All are welcome, and the event is free! For further information, please call 717-245-3972

June 17, 2017 (Saturday)
Perspectives in Military History Roundtable with Jennifer Murray

Jennifer Murray
Lecture Date: June 17, 2017
University of Virginia College at Wise
Title: "On a Great Battlefield: The History of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1863-2016"

As the blood dried on the fields around the crossroads town of Gettysburg in early July 1863, the American people did not fully realize the impact of the Civil War's largest battle on the future of the American consciousness. Those 72 hours may be the most well-known in Civil War history, but the following century and a half has seen the battleground itself shift in shape, function, and interpretation at the hands of scholars, government officials, and the U.S. Army. The "hallowed ground" remains the most tangible reminder of the sacrifices made by the Civil War generation. On Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 2:00 PM, Dr. Jennifer Murray will lead a roundtable lecture at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The lecture will shift focus away from the battle itself, and toward the controversial, and often divisive, history and preservation of the fields and ridges those Soldiers died upon. Murray, in discussion with panelists Dr. Jared Peatman and Park Ranger John Heiser, will explore the initial commemorative efforts of the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association, and how the following decades of social, political, and academic trends have impacted the battlefield and shaped the way that the story of the Battle of Gettysburg is told.

Dr. Jennifer Murray is currently an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Virginia - Wise. She authored the book On a Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2013 (2014), winner of the 2014 Bachelder-Coddington Award and named one of the best Civil War books of 2014 by the Civil War Monitor. She also authored The Civil War Begins (2012), and is currently writing a biography of Major General George Meade entitled Meade at War. Additionally, Dr. Murray worked nine summers as a park ranger at Gettysburg. The second panelist, Dr. Jared Peatman, received his Ph.D. at Texas A&M and went on to found Four Score Consulting, LLC and publish several books on the topic of Gettysburg, including most famously The Long Shadow of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address; and currently serves as the Director of Curriculum for the Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg. The final panelist, John Heiser, began work as a park ranger in Gettysburg in 1980 and has since served in many departments at Gettysburg including Historian’s Office and Library. He is also well known for the maps of Gettysburg, which he researches and produces for various historical books.