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? Good question. 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 often 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. Please contact me if you are interested in using any of the photographs on this site.
A family trip to the battlefield when I was eleven sparked my interest in Gettysburg (and the Civil War). I have a BA in history and philosophy from Baldwin-Wallace College and a JD from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where I was managing editor for the Cleveland State Law Review. In addition to photographing Civil War battlefields, I also enjoy nature and wildlife photography, particularly birds and especially green herons. I probably should have chosen a photo taken on the battlefield to use here, but how many people have a self-portrait with a genuine wild beaver?