This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, concisdered the most important battle of the Civil War and one of the most bloodiest, with more than 51,000 soldiers killed or wounded. The Civil War era also marked the first Medal of Honor presentations to servicemen for heroic actions on the battlefield. According to the US Army's Medal of Honor website, 3468 medals have been awarded to date. Among those, 1522 were presented to Civil War veterans. One of the recipients was a young Sergeant from Pennsylvania named Patrick DeLacy. His great-great grandson, Gary Roche, is a Civil War historian and a licensed Gettysburg battlefield guide. Gary joined Margaret to share the history of Gettysburg and the crucial role it played in the outcome of the Civil War. He also talked about his great-great grandfather's role in that battle and offered a little history about the Medal of Honor, as well as links between that war and Washington state.
To learn more about the history of Gettysburg, visit this website: Gettysburg Foundation
To learn more about the life and legacy of Sergeant (promoted postumously to Captain) Patrick DeLacy, visit this website: PatrickDeLacy.com
To learn more about Washington State's Civil War history, please click here.
To learn more about the history of the Medal of Honor, visit the following websites:
NOTE: Gary recommends the following books for those interested in learning more about the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg:
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era - by James M. McPherson
Gettysburg - by Stephen W. Sears
The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War - by Michael Shaara