Two years ago I visited Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during the anniversary weekend of the tragic battle. I have never been a Civil War aficionado, but to trod that consecrated ground among the Civil War reenactors and tour guides, to visit the house where Jennie Wade lived and died, was truly haunting. Remember the Battle of Gettysburg with songs from the Civil War Sheet Music Collection, including one about Jennie Wade, the only civilian casualty of the battle, in the Performing Arts Encyclopedia. Read more about the battle in the Today in History entries for July 1st, July 2nd, and July 3rd in American Memory.
See the first draft of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in American Treasures of the Library of Congress, and read more about the historic speech in the Library of Congress Web Guide, Primary Documents in American History.