Created by photographer and Civil War buff Jen Goellnitz, “This Deathless Field” contains photographs of the monuments and memorials of the Gettysburg National Military Park and surrounding areas. The title comes from General Joshua Chamberlain who wrote:
In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear; but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls. And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come to this deathless field, to ponder and dream…
What constitutes a monument? What do you include and exclude? This project includes most of the monuments, tablets, and memorials of the park, but usually excludes the regimental flank markers and road signs. (I had to draw the line somewhere.) Monuments related to the Gettysburg Campaign, but located outside of the park proper (including the cavalry monuments at places like Fairfield and Cashtown, as well as monuments like the “Meade Rock” in Frederick) are included. If you disagree with my choices, you’re always free to start your own project!
The photos were taken from 2005 through 2017. I make about four trips to Gettysburg each year, and the pictures reflect all seasons. If you’d like to use any of the photos, they are free for non-commercial purposes, provided you attribute them to me. If you need a high resolution image or if you wish to discuss commercial use, please contact me.
My interest in Gettysburg (and the Civil War) was sparked by a family trip to the battlefield when I was eleven. I have a BA in history and philosophy from Baldwin-Wallace College and a JD from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. In addition to photographing Civil War battlefields, I also enjoy nature and wildlife photography, particularly birds. And yes, that is a selfie taken with a bona fide wild beaver at a park near my home in Ohio. To see my nature photography (or more of my Gettysburg work), follow me on Instagram (@the_green_heron) or check out my Flickr account.