Midpoint of the War: May to July 1863

Verdict of the Newspapers

How did the local newspaper comment on the Battle of Gettysburg?

The Adams Sentinel and General Advertiser had not published during the battle, but it was back in action by July 7, 1863, when the editorial page gave thanks and praise for the town’s deliverance.

“The fortnight past has developed from it [from suspense] a terrible, and yet glorious reality,” the editorial asserted. The terrible reality was, of course, shown in the vast number of dead, most of whom had yet to be counted. But the glorious reality was revealed, the newspaper declared, “in the vindication of truth, the triumph of right, the victory achieved for Liberty, Justice, the Union and good government.” The editorial ended with these stirring words: “instead of mourning and repining at our misfortunes let us Thank God and take courage.”


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