Gettysburg artifacts on display at Fort Vancouver

first_imgWhat: A New Birth of Freedom: Vancouver Barracks During the Civil War.”When: Runs through March 30.Where: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site visitors center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd.The three-day Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863 was a pivotal event in the Civil War. Less than five months later, its battlefield fatalities — including a general who’d served at Fort Vancouver — were the focus of another historical milestone when Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address on Nov. 19.The 150th anniversary of that speech is being observed in Vancouver’s historic core, where some soldiers who fought at Gettysburg spent parts of their Army careers.Union Gen. John Reynolds, who died on the first day of the battle on July 1, 1863, served at Fort Vancouver earlier in his career; so did Confederate Gen. George Pickett, whose name is linked with the battle’s most famous charge.Two Union generals at Gettysburg, O.O Howard and John Gibbon, both commanded Vancouver’s Army post after the war.The anniversary observance will be a chance to highlight many Northwest aspects of the Civil War, including Lincoln’s influence on this state.Items on loanFort Vancouver National Historic Site’s exhibit — “A New Birth of Freedom: Vancouver Barracks During the Civil War” — is on display at the Visitors Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd., at the east end of Officers Row.The exhibit is presented in partnership with Clark College, which offered a Mature Learning course Tuesday on the Gettysburg Address.The exhibit features artifacts from Fort Vancouver’s collection and 10 items on loan from Gettysburg National Military Park.One of the Gettysburg artifacts is a pocket-sized Army manual that belonged to Leander Gage King, the 31-year-old captain of C Company, 16th Massachusetts Infantry. Measuring about 51/2 inches by 31/2 inches, the 250-page book includes rifle-drill instructions, diagrams of battle formations and sheet music for bugle calls. King was killed July 2, 1863, the second day of battle.last_img read more