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The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast is the premier podcast on the Gettysburg Campaign. Hosted by historians and Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides Jim Hessler and Eric Lindblade, each episode focuses on a particular aspect of the 1863 battle and campaign with expert analysis that will leave listeners educated and entertained. Eric and Jim do not just tell you what happened, but why and how it happened; whether you are a new student of Gettysburg or a seasoned pro, you are sure to come away ...
 
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, given November 19, 1863 on the battlefield near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war. . .testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated. . . can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicat ...
 
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In this episode, Eric and Jim continue their look at Bad Gettysburg History with a special focus on July 3 and beyond! Topics covered are Confederate Strategy on July 3, fighting around Culp's Hill, Pickett's Charge, East AND South Cavalry Field, and much more in this edition of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast.If you would like to donate to the sh…
 
In this episode, Eric and Jim tackle a beloved subject matter: Gettysburg's bad history! What makes "bad history?" What are some of the more egregious Gettysburg myths, misunderstandings, or outright misinterpretations that relate to the battle? Tune in as our co-hosts delve into the worst of Gettysburg history! If you would like to donate to the s…
 
Eric and Jim continue their conversation with Kent Masterson Brown about all things George Meade and Gettysburg. In this episode, they pick up on the morning of July 2 and continue to the end of the battle on July 3, with some discussion of the logistical challenges faced by the Army of the Potomac in the wake of their victory. And yes there is som…
 
Eric and Jim have long wanted to do an episode (or two) on George Meade and who better to join them than the author of "Meade at Gettysburg" Kent Masterson Brown to discuss Meade's role in the Gettysburg Campaign. Part One begins with Meade taking command of the Army of the Potomac on June 28, 1863, and follows him through his arrival in Gettysburg…
 
What the weather was like during the Battle of Gettysburg? What impact did it have? How do we deal with differing accounts of the weather? If you have ever wondered questions such as these, then this is the episode for you!Historian and Licensed Guide Jim is joined by Super Fan Jody (filling in as co-host for Eric) as they interview (via Zoom) Jeff…
 
To kick off Season Four of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast, historians and licensed guides Eric and Jim return to a familiar topic and continue their deep dive into James Longstreet and the Gettysburg Campaign. This episode will focus on Longstreet's role in the Confederate attack plan of July 2 and more importantly on the famous, or infamous, cou…
 
We wanted to end Season 3 on a light-hearted high note... On May 1, 2021, Historians and Guides Eric and Jim were joined by groups of Super Fans for our first-ever live recording at GettysGear and this episode is a recording of that great night. Our topic that evening was the popular Battle of Gettysburg Heel Draft with Eric and Jim squaring off to…
 
In this episode of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast, Historians and Licensed Battlefield Guides Eric and Jim are again joined by their friend and colleague Tracy Baer who will be discussing the fascinating history of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. While many students of the battle have heard of Chambersburg, it is often overshadowed by events just thi…
 
In this episode of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast, Historians and Licensed Battlefield Guides Eric and Jim are joined by their friend and colleague Tracy Baer who will be discussing the fascinating history of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. While many students of the battle have heard of Chambersburg, it is often overshadowed by events just thirty mi…
 
To commemorate the 158th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Gettysburg, historians and licensed guides Eric and Jim have gone high in the sky to record an episode from the iconic cupola of the Luthern Theological Seminary. They are joined by special guest Pete Miele, Executive Director of the Seminary Ridge Museum, and newest podcast team me…
 
In this episode, historians and licensed guides Eric and Jim continue their deep dive into James Longstreet and the Gettysburg Campaign. Part Two focuses on the period of Longstreet's service from January to July 1, 1863. The hosts analyze Longstreet in the Suffolk Campaign in the spring of 1863, his absence from Chancellorsville, the role he plays…
 
In this episode, historians and licensed guides Eric and Jim begin their first of a three-part series on Lieutenant General James Longstreet who commanded the First Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg. Part One is a deep dive into the period of Longstreet's life from his birth in South Carolina to the end of 1862 and what we can le…
 
Historians and Licensed Battlefield Guides Eric and Jim are once again joined by their friends and colleagues Fran Feyock and Rick Schroeder, both retired medical professionals, to do a deep dive into some of the more well-known individuals to be wounded at Gettysburg and take a closer look at their treatment and recovery. If you would like to dona…
 
In this episode of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast, Historians and Licensed Battlefield Guides Eric and Jim are joined by their friends and colleagues Fran Feyock and Rick Schroeder, both retired medical professionals, to discuss the treatment and challenges of battlefield medicine at Gettysburg. You will not want to miss this episode into an unde…
 
In this episode of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast, Historians and Licensed Battlefield Guides Eric and Jim continue their two-part deep dive on the fighting of July 3 at East Cavalry Field. The co-hosts discuss the ebb and flow of this often confusing action, and they also take on prevailing views and theories that have arisen from this aspect of…
 
In this special Super Bowl Sunday edition of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast, Eric and Jim decided to put together a Gettysburg Halftime Event for the big game! For an event of this magnitude, they had to select an individual whose legend was equal to this monumental moment... None other than Dan Sickles!In this episode, Eric and Jim delve into th…
 
In this episode of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast, Licensed Battlefield Guides Eric and Jim begin their two-part deep dive on the fighting of July 3 at East Cavalry Field. The co-hosts discuss why this action is important, what led David Gregg and JEB Stuart's cavalry forces to meet on that part of the field, and the role of Union and Confederate…
 
In this episode of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast, Licensed Battlefield Guides Eric and Jim continue their two-part deep dive on the life and legacy of the artist turned historian, John Badger Bachelder. In this episode, the hosts discuss some of the controversies that Bachelder was a part of, give insight on how to best use the Bachelder Papers …
 
In this episode of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast, Licensed Battlefield Guides Eric and Jim begin their two-part deep dive on the life and legacy of the artist turned historian, John Badger Bachelder. Outside of a participant, Bachelder is the most influential and powerful individual ever associated with the Battle of Gettysburg. So who was Bache…
 
In this episode of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast, Licensed Battlefield Guides Eric and Jim continue their look at Brigadier General Alfred Iverson and his North Carolina brigade. In Part Two, the hosts give another of their noted "deep dives" into what happened to Iverson and his troops at Gettysburg on July 1 and the ultimate fall out from what…
 
In this episode of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast, Licensed Battlefield Guides Eric and Jim start Season Three off with a look at one of the most controversial figures associated with the battle: Brigadier General Alfred Iverson. In Part One, they take a deep dive into the native-born Georgian as they detail his life and military service up to Ju…
 
To close out Season Two and to celebrate the first anniversary of the show, Licensed Guides Eric and Jim are joined by some of their friends and colleagues for The First Annual Battle of Gettysburg Fantasy Draft. While the theme of the show is somewhat lighthearted, this almost three-hour episode is full of great insights from Licensed Battlefield …
 
In this episode of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast, Licensed Battlefield Guides Eric and Jim continue their two-part series on the July 2 fighting on Culp's Hill. In Part Two, the hosts give a deep dive into battle action on Culp's Hill on the evening of July 2, involving George Greene's Union brigade and Confederate forces under Edward Johnson. A…
 
In this episode of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast, Licensed Battlefield Guides Eric and Jim start a two-part series on the July 2 fighting on Culp’s Hill. Students of the battle have long lamented how the combat at Culp’s Hill is overlooked or even forgotten, but is it? And if so, why? Part One features a detailed discussion of the terrain in and…
 
In this episode of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast co-hosts Licensed Battlefield Guides Eric and Jim are joined by their colleague and friend Stuart Dempsey to discuss the much-maligned and controversial role played by the Union 11th Corps during all three days of the Battle of Gettysburg. Does the traditional interpretation of "The Flying Dutchme…
 
In this episode, Licensed Battlefield Guides Eric and Jim explore the complex and challenging relationship between two Gettysburg icons Robert E. Lee and George Pickett. Often accounts place the events of the afternoon of July 3 as the cause of the strain in their relationship, but did the problems begin much earlier? The co-hosts delve into the li…
 
In this episode of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast co-hosts Licensed Battlefield Guides Eric and Jim are joined by their colleague and friend Stuart Dempsey to discuss the fascinating and unique history of the Union 11th Corps before Gettysburg. Dempsey, a noted expert on the 11th Corps, explains the background of what became the 11th Corps from t…
 
Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides Eric and Jim discuss the important, yet overlooked, fighting that takes place northeast of Gettysburg in the small crossroads town of Hunterstown on July 2. This cavalry action features such famous Gettysburg figures as Wade Hampton, George Custer, Judson Kilpatrick, and Elon Farnsworth. The hosts take a deep …
 
Licensed Battlefield Guides Eric and Jim continue their look at the murder and trial that shocked a nation in 1859. In this episode, they cover the death of Barton Key at the hands of Congressman Daniel Sickles, one of the most covered trials in the 19th century, and the fall out for those involved. They also fast forward to July 2, 1863, and discu…
 
With Valentines Day near Licensed Battlefield Guides Eric and Jim wanted to share a special story of love with their Super Fans. Of course, that story is the infamous 1859 murder of Barton Key at the hands of Congressman Daniel Sickles over the illicit affair Key was having with Dan’s wife Teresa. Part One covers the background of Sickles before th…
 
Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides Eric and Jim continue their deep dive into Barlow’s Knoll. In this episode, they turn their attention to the fighting in and around what is today referred to as Barlow’s Knoll and the impact it has on July 1. They likewise delve into the famous Barlow – Gordon Incident and sort out what is a myth and what is r…
 
Licensed Battlefield Guides Eric and Jim return for the start of Season Two of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast with a deep dive into the often-overlooked fighting around what is commonly known as Barlow’s Knoll. In this the first of two parts, they discuss the Blocher Family, who lived on the property during the battle, and the history of the near…
 
Episode 12 is a special holiday bonus episode brought to us by Santa Sickles himself! In this episode, Eric and Jim are joined by their friend and colleague Garry Adelman to discuss his 2003 book The Myth of Little Round Top. Why does Little Round Top loom so prominently in the history of the Battle of Gettysburg, and has this always been the case?…
 
To close out Season 1 of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast, Eric and Jim are addressing their broadest topic yet as selected by you, the listeners (Super Fans!). Episode 11 looks at Gettysburg Books and the Historiography of the Battle of Gettysburg and the impact it has had and still has on the way we view and interpret the battle. They discuss the…
 
Widely regarded as one of the smartest and most accomplished individuals from the South during the Antebellum era, North Carolina native Johnston Pettigrew led his brigade from the Old North State through some of the most ferocious combat of the Civil War. Join Eric and Jim as they delve into the role played by Pettigrew and the troops under his co…
 
In Episode 9 of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast: The Killer Angels and Gettysburg "a.k.a. The Movie" - Part Two, Eric and Jim do a deep dive into the 1993 Ted Turner produced historical film epic Gettysburg! Or as many fans and students of the battle call it "the movie." The hosts discuss what the film gets right, what they got wrong, bad beards, …
 
In Episode 8 of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast, Eric and Jim delve into the background of the 1974 Pulitzer Prize-winning historical novel "The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara and the 1993 film adaptation "Gettysburg." To many students of the battle the novel and "the movie" bring out strong emotions in how they depict the Battle of Gettysburg a…
 
For Episode Seven of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast, Eric and Jim are joined by their friend and fellow Licensed Battlefield Guide Wayne Motts to discuss the life of Brigadier General Lewis Armistead. In addition to being a Licensed Battlefield Guide, Wayne Motts is the CEO of The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and the auth…
 
Eric and Jim attempt to delve into one of the most commonly asked visitor questions they receive as Licensed Battlefield Guides at Gettysburg: What was Lee thinking to order Pickett's Charge? This episode focuses on the planning that went into one of the most famous military attacks in history and the thought process behind it. What was the objecti…
 
Eric and Jim continue their dive into the actions in and around the Sherfy's peach orchard. In this episode they delve into some of the most intense, yet overlooked fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg. They also cover what became of the property after the battle, and answer listener questions.
 
The first of a two-part series which will focus on the ferocious, yet often overlooked, fighting in and around the Peach Orchard owned by Joseph Sherfy and his family. In part one, Eric and Jim give background on the property and discuss the plans of General Robert E. Lee and his army for the Peach Orchard and the Emmitsburg Road on July 2, 1863. T…
 
In Episode Three, Eric and Jim delve into the often-asked question of "what if Jackson were at Gettysburg?" While not an alternative history episode the premise is to use the question as a means to compare and contrast Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and Richard Ewell in their roles as commanders of the Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia. Wou…
 
On Episode Two of the Battle of Gettysburg Podcast, Licensed Battlefield Guides James Hessler and Eric Lindblade take a closer look at one of the most critical days in the Gettysburg Campaign: June 28, 1863. Eric and Jim will detail the circumstances of George Meade taking command of the Army of the Potomac, Robert E. Lee discovering the location o…
 
Good friend and wonderful singer/song writer Kenny P will be joining this evening. We met at Launch 2015 and immediatley hit it off. I think you will enjoy not only his music, but the man himself. I will let his words describe himself. I can honestly say that I am not your Average musician. Although, as a musician, I fall into a certain breed. As a…
 
The Pale Barn Ghosts, purveyors of fine lyrics, and haunting melodies joins Gerry to discuss, writing, performing, and a bit of history for this South Central Pa band. These guys have been a fixture in the local music scene, consistently cranking out great music and pushing the limits in thier writing. We will be talking about their new CD "So Pale…
 
Gettysburg Gerry kicks off his new show with the one and only Mountain Ride. Mountain Ride is a Pennsylvania bluegrass band fancying both progressive and traditional facets. The band is composed of Eric Avey (guitar and vocals), Drew Jones (mandolin and vocals), Scott Matlock (fiddle and vocals), Corey Woodcock (banjo), and Kate Avey (bass and voca…
 
Vanity Metrics is the discussion topic this evening. Join host Gettysburg Gerry and co host Brooke Ballard as they discuss the pros and cons, yeah's and nay's of Vanity Metrics. Many social media professionals preach that folowers, likes and friends are not valid indicators of social engagement, yet how many look at those very same metrics when dec…
 
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