Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum History Conversation Series

Marching Home: Union Veterans & Their Unending Civil War

The Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum presents its History Conversation Book Series!

Suggested donation $5 or $17 for entire series

Tickets available in advance at


Call 717-339-1300

Delve deeper into the lives and characters of some of the most well known people of the Civil War era and meet and mingle with popular authors and historians.  Enjoy conversation in the historic Schmucker House on Seminary Ridge.

Sunday, March 22, 2014 at 3 P.M. in the Schmucker House located at the corner of Seminary Ridge and Springs Avenue.

Marching Home: Union Veterans & Their Unending Civil War with author Brian Matthew Jordan

For well over a century, traditional Civil War histories have concluded in 1865, with a bitterly won peace and Union soldiers returning triumphantly home. In a landmark work that challenges sterilized portraits accepted for generations, Civil War historian Brian Matthew Jordan creates an entirely new narrative. These veterans— tending rotting wounds, battling alcoholism, campaigning for paltry pensions— tragically realized that they stood as unwelcome reminders to a new America eager to heal, forget, and embrace the freewheeling bounty of the Gilded Age. Mining previously untapped archives, Jordan uncovers anguished letters and diaries, essays by amputees, and gruesome medical reports, all deeply revealing of the American psyche.

In the model of twenty-first-century histories like Drew Gilpin Faust’s This Republic of Suffering or Maya Jasanoff ’s Liberty’s Exiles that illuminate the plight of the common man, Marching Home makes almost unbearably personal the rage and regret of Union veterans. Their untold stories are critically relevant today.