Posts Tagged ‘lincoln’

Photo: Lincoln at Gettysburg

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
Statue of Lincoln at Gettysburg National Park

Statue of Lincoln at Gettysburg National Park

 

When asked why it’s so important to walk the battlefields to understand our history, Ed Bearss, Civil War Historian and perennial favorite Smithsonian Journeys Study Leader, puts it this way:

To understand what happened, you must know the lay of the land. To know the configuration of the land, where the high ground and the low ground is, where there are woods and open fields, what type of cultural features existed (houses, orchards, roads, etc), and how this affected what the officers planned and what they saw. More important, the lay of the land influenced the rank and file, whether they lived or died, and for the Generals, whether they won or lost.

Click here for more of our interview with Ed, and here for more information on our Civil War tours.

We Recommend: Abraham Lincoln Online Conference

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

From February 4-5, 2009, the Smithsonian Institution is sponsoring its first Online Education Conference, allowing attendees to explore research and collections related to Lincoln’s life. This is your chance to meet Smithsonian curators and researchers, and ask them your questions about Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln conference is the first of three in this format sponsored by the Institution.

Learn more and register for this free educational opportunity.