Professor Murray's Book on Gettysburg

Jennifer M. Murray, assistant professor of history at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, is the author of the recently published, “On A Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2013.”

Published by the University of Tennessee Press, the book explores the history of the nation’s most consecrated landscape and the Civil War’s most defining battlefield: Gettysburg. Murray traces its history from the National Park Service’s acquisition in 1933 through the battle’s sesquicentennial in 2013. She contends that the history underscores the complexity of preserving and interpreting a historic landscape.

Murray explores the multitude of external factors—including the Great Depression, the New Deal, World War II and the Civil War. She also highlights Americans’ deep, emotional connection to the landscape and the means in which Americans have remembered and interpreted the battlefield.