We are in the midst of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War which occurred from 1861 to 1865. In July of 1863, what is considered the turning point of the war occurred: the Battle of Gettysburg. It was also the battle that incurred the largest number of casualties in the Civil War, and inspired one of the greatest speeches in American history. Learn more about this history-changing battle.
Gettysburg National Military Park
The land where battle raged is protected and preserved by the National Park Service so the public today can visit and learn about the events from 150 years ago, and the impact it had on the future of our country. Follow the link to plan a visit, and find out the special events, ceremonies and tours that can be experienced during this important anniversary.
Read civil war era diary entries, check out an interactive map, or find an ancestor that may have fought and died at Gettysburg.
150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment
History will come alive during the major reenactment of the events 150 years ago, including battles, field demonstrations, a living history village and more. The event takes place outside of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania July 4 through 7, with thousands of reenactors from across the nation participating.
Four months after the events at Gettysburg, President Lincoln gave a two-minute speech at the dedication of the cemetery for the Union war dead. It became one of the most memorable and influential speeches in history. Read the speech, and see it in Lincoln’s handwriting from Ourdocuments.gov.
Ohio Historical Society
Although only two minor battles were fought in this state, Ohio still played a major role in the Civil War, providing troops, officers and supplies to the Union war effort. Ohioans fought in nearly every major campaign during the war. Learn more about how Ohio is commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
Recommended Reading (Click on a title to check if it is available or to reserve a copy):
- Gettysburg by Stephen Sears
- Pickett's Charge in History and Memory by Carol Reardon
- Lincoln at Gettysburg by Garry Wills
- Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
Finally, check out the magazine titles below for more historical information on battles and campaigns, in the United States, all over the world and throughout history. Issues of these titles are available to read or check out in the Reference Room of the Main Library.