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At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 65,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Manuscript map of Gettysburg battlefield

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09181 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Maps Date: July 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: With annotations describing the battle and its aftermath. "Perfect desolation everything shot away dead reables [sic] & horse trees bushes & fence & posts all gone a perfect valley of death."


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Battle of Gettysburg, Union Forces, Confederate States of America, Military History

Sub Era: The American Civil War