There are a lot of yard signs in our neighborhood right now, some for Republican candidates, others for Democrats. And this sign across the street, black lettering on yellow background: “This Battle Was Fought Because Black Lives Matter.” As I see it, that’s not political, but a statement of fact.

Last month, The Civil War Round Table of Gettysburg heard from Robert Wynstra, recipient of our annual Distinguished Book Award for his 2018 title, “At The Forefront Of Lee’s Invasion: Retribution, Plunder, and Clashing Culture on Richard S. Ewell’s Road to Gettysburg,” The Kent State University Press.

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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