Monthly Archives: September 2008

A few more photos of the new Gettysburg Visitors Center

Background posts: New Gettysburg Visitors Center, Part 2; My first visit to the new Visitors Center; Gilder Lehrman Collection

The National Park Service has planted wildflowers along the main access roads to the impressive new Gettysburg Visitors Center, making a colorul and scenic ride into the always busy VC. I was in town for a book signing at the VC’s book shop (we sold 57 copies!!!), so it was a fun day (other than going home and watching the Ohio State Buckeyes get absolutely trashed by USC – boo! At least my alma mater, Miami of Ohio, won, accomplishing something OSU has historic trouble doing – beating a team from beyond the Midwest) .

Here are a couple more photos I snapped…

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“Allegheny – Midwest Passage” annual toy soldier show

Conte collector figure of George Armstrong Custer

Attention toy soldier collectors! A new 1st annual show and sale will be held in the greater Pittsburgh region on Saturday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. In West Middlesex, Pennsylvania (near Sharon, PA, north of the Steel City). It will be held in the Radisson Hotel Sharon at the intersection of Route 18 and Interstate 80. There will be door prizes, ample FREE parking, low admission cost ($5.00 for adults and free for kids 12 and under), and lots to see and buy. Sponsored by long-time dealer The Marx Man, the show will feature dealers selling both contemporary 54mm collector figures and those who specialize in vintage toy soldiers such as Marx and others. Some tables will also have military books, memorabilia, and magazines for sale. The contact person for more information is Mike Luteran, who can be reached at 724-854-0334. For directions to the hotel or other info, call the hotel at 724-328-2501.

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New Osprey title – Irish-American Units in the Civil War

I received a copy of Osprey’s latest American Civil War title, Irish-American Units in the Civil War, which is Number 448 in their popular Men-at-Arms series. Written by Thomas G. Rogers, the 48-page book includes eight pages of full color illustrations by frequent Osprey contributor Richard Hook. Dotted with dozens of period photographs and etchings, the author takes a brief look at leading (as well as some rather obscure) Irish regiments and companies raised in the volunteer armies of both warring sections of the country. Focused heavily on their early war uniforms and appearance, the book is a useful general overview for wargamers wishing to field armies to contest 1861/1862 battles. As the war dragged on, the colorful and distinctive uniforms that marked several of these Irish units wore out and often were replaced with regulation attire.

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Abraham Lincoln as War President

The National Archives and Records Administration’s Great Lakes Region office announces the 11th Annual Civil War Symposium, with this year’s topic being Abraham Lincoln as War President. The event will be held on Saturday October 18, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM at the First Division Museum at Cantigny, Wheaton Ilinois. 

Join prominent historians for a discussion of the Great Emancipator.  Speakers include Paul Finkleman, “The Great Emancipator as Commander-in-Chief and Constitutional Lawyer”; Harold Holzer, “Current Lincoln Scholarship”; Trevor Plante, “Lincoln in the Records of the National Archives”; and Thomas Schwartz, “Lincoln’s ‘Fire in the Rear’: Civil Unrest in Illinois during the Civil War.”  Activities include presentations, period music, and an encampment. Continuing education credits are available for teachers. 

The National Archives-Great Lakes Region also thanks our partner for this program, the First Division Museum.  Their ongoing support of this symposium has been invaluable and madeit an unforgettable experience for all attendees.

For more information or to register for the symposium, contact the National Archives-Great Lakes Region.
Phone: 773-948-9001 E-mail:

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