Before retiring to Gettysburg in 2018, I spent 44 years in parish ministry, serving congregations in Missouri and Nebraska. I was always looking for good sermon illustrations, with particular attention to anything that might be helpful at Easter.

While I have not missed the pressure of writing a sermon every week, I almost wish I was going to be in a pulpit this Easter to share a story from Professor James Pula’s account of 11th Corps at Gettysburg.

Bruce Davis is president of the Civil War Round Table of Gettysburg. The opinions and ideas expressed here are his own and he invites you contact him at

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