Pennsylvania Civil War 150 website, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Pennsylvania Heritage Society. The site is filled with useful information about the War and the events surrounding the celebration of its 150th anniversary.
Today I ran across an interesting post on the traveling photographers of the war. Rae Tyson's essay originally appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of Pennsylvania Heritage. Here is a taste:
Of the five hundred journalists who covered the war, forty-five reported
on the Battle of Gettysburg waged from Wednesday through Friday, July
1-3. Many news organizations assigned reporters to follow the battles
and skirmishes, among them prominent New York Times correspondent Samuel
Wilkeson, whose nineteen-year-old son was killed on the first day of
battle at Gettysburg; Thomas Morris Chester (1834-1892) of the
Philadelphia Press, the war's only African American reporter; and Uriah
Hunt Painter (1837-1897), a writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, all of
whom reported from Gettysburg. Also at the scene were sketch artists
Edwin Forbes (1839-1895), Alfred R. Waud (1828-1891), and Theodore R.
Davies (1840-1894), who embedded with troops from both the North and the
South. Gettysburg, a small rural town in the rolling hills of
southcentral Pennsylvania, was isolated from metropolitan areas. The
isolation and the perils of the battle hindered the itinerant
journalists in their efforts to provide timely coverage for readers.
Gettysburg was not equipped to transmit dispatches by telegraph, the
only transmission method available to war correspondents which did not
rely on tedious, tiresome, and time-consuming travel by train or
horseback to deliver news.