News did a great job with Civil War series
Refresh editor and reporter Scott Scanlon is to be congratulated for his remarkably well-written and well-researched series on Buffalo’s contributions to the Union victory at Gettysburg, fought 150 years ago last week. Owing to diligent investigation that involved on-site reporting, his four-part series presented material about Gettysburg that instructed both casual students and expert readers alike. At a time when historical illiteracy is widely lamented, The News is to be commended for devoting space to a pivotal battle that did so much to define American history.
With the series focusing on soldiers from Western New York who played important roles in the three-day battle, readers of The News may be interested as well to learn that the Buffalo area has also produced a number of prominent Civil War scholars and authors, including John Marszalek, director of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, and Gary Ecelbarger, author of many well-received books on the conflict. Students at the University at Buffalo have benefited from the teaching, research and authorship of professors of the American Civil War such Carole Emberton, Michael Vorenberg and the now retired John D. Milligan.
Finally, as the country continues to observe the sesquicentennial of the conflict, the area is also fortunate to have a storefront museum devoted to the Civil War, Echoes through Time Learning Center, in the Eastern Hills Mall. There you will find an impressive collection of Civil War artifacts, many with Western New York connections.
Thomas F. Schobert
Buffalo Civil War Round Table