While the Battle of Gettysburg is exhaustibly studied, often from a military perspective, the information disseminated to the general population before, during, and after the battle is not as well known. The reports in The Philadelphia Inquirer talk about refugees, a possible invasion of Philadelphia by the Confederate Army, and the shutdown of transportation. The sources also show that the African American community had even larger worries if the Confederate Army should make its way to Philadelphia, and these fears are evident in the various diary excerpts.
This lesson will focus on Emilie’s experiences during the battle of Gettysburg. Students will read entries from June 27th, 1863 through July 9th, 1863 which can also be found on https://davisdiaries.villanova.edu/about/. They will compare and contrast Emilie’s experience with excerpts from other personal journals, as well as, articles from The Philadelphia Inquirer.