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Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith are the hosts for our series on the Harvest of Death.

Director of History and Education for the Civil War Trust, Garry Adelman earned his B.A. in business from Michigan State University and his M.A. in history at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He is the author, co-author or editor of The Civil War 150 (2011), Antietam Then and Now (2005), The Myth of Little Round Top (2003), The Early Gettysburg Battlefield (2001), Little Round Top: A Detailed Tour Guide (2000), and Devil’s Den: A History and Guide (1997) as well as eight Civil War image booklets. He has published articles in The Gettysburg Magazine and Hallowed Ground and conceived and drafted the text for wayside exhibits at the Third Winchester, First Day at Chancellorsville, Mine Run and Slaughter Pen Farm battlefields. A frequent lecturer at Civil War Round Tables, he has also appeared as a speaker on HISTORY, C-Span, and Pennsylvania Cable Network. He is the vice president of the Center for Civil War Photography and is a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg.

Timothy H. Smith is a native of Baltimore and a life long student of the American Civil War. He is employed as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park and as a research historian at the Adams County Historical Society. He is an instructor for the Gettysburg Elderhostel and teaches classes on the battle and local history at the Gettysburg Campus of the Harrisburg Area Community College. Tim has written numerous articles and authored or co-authored ten books on Gettysburg related topics, including John Burns: The Hero of Gettysburg (2000). He has lectured extensively at Civil War Round Tables and Seminars and has appeared on several television documentaries, including the Unknown Civil War and the popular PCN Gettysburg Battle Walk series.

Harvest of Death Part 1: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

Mar 7, 2012
In today’s Harvest of Death post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith introduce us to the Harvest of Death series and show the photographs documenting the Harvest of Death scene.

Harvest of Death Part 2: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

Mar 13, 2012
In today’s Harvest of Death post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Garry Adelman shows the first site where he thought the Harvest of Death photos were taken, and the emotional investment he and others have in the sites where they believe these photographs were taken.

Harvest of Death Part 3: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

Mar 21, 2012
In today’s Harvest of Death post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides Tim Smith and Garry Adelman lay out their helpful hints or tips or principles or rules for anyone attempting to locate the Harvest of Death site.

Harvest of Death Part 4: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

Apr 3, 2012
In today’s Harvest of Death post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides Tim Smith and Garry Adelman remind viewers of the area where most of the known photographs were taken by Alexander Gardner and his crew, and address the “lawyer syndrome” in looking for the Harvest of Death site.

Harvest of Death Part 5: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

Apr 17, 2012
In today’s Harvest of Death post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides Tim Smith and Garry Adelman visit the Jerry Coates’ Harvest of Death site and show how some features and angles do not match the original photographs.

Harvest of Death Part 6: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

Apr 24, 2012
In today’s Harvest of Death post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides Tim Smith and Garry Adelman discuss the “moving target syndrome,” and show some other Gettysburg photographs whose location has not yet been discovered.

Harvest of Death Part 7: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

May 1, 2012
In today’s Harvest of Death post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Garry Adelman shows the area around the Trostle Farm where a couple of Harvest of Death theories have been advanced.

Harvest of Death Part 8: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

May 3, 2012
In today’s Harvest of Death post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith look at the Harvest of Death site that Garry discovered in 2004, and explain why it was rejected.

Harvest of Death Part 9: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

May 7, 2012
In today’s Harvest of Death post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith travel to the Culp fields east of East Cemetery Hill and north of Stevens’ Knoll to look at the Troy Harmon and Chuck Teague site.

Harvest of Death Part 10: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

May 8, 2012
In today’s Harvest of Death post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith arrive on McPherson’s Ridge to the northwest of Gettysburg to look at the John Stewart and Scott Hartwig site.

Harvest of Death Part 11: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

May 9, 2012
In today’s Harvest of Death post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith are still in the area of McPherson’s Ridge and Seminary Ridge to the northwest of Gettysburg to look at the John Cummings’ site.

Harvest of Death Part 12: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

May 10, 2012
In today’s Harvest of Death post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith are still in the area of McPherson’s Ridge and Seminary Ridge to the northwest of Gettysburg to relook at the John Cummings’ site.

Harvest of Death Part 13: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

May 11, 2012
In today’s Harvest of Death post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Tim Smith is in the area of McPherson’s Woods and West McPherson’s Ridge. He discusses how the mislabeling of photographs has led historians to believe that the Harvest of Death photographs were taken in this area.

Harvest of Death Part 14: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

Apr 18, 2017
In Video #29 Garry and Tim update us on the Harvest of Death series, discuss the prevalence of theories presented on social media, and explain their role in finding the Harvest of Death photographs.This video was taken facing northwest in August of 2016.

Harvest of Death Part 15: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

Apr 19, 2017
In Video #31 Garry discusses coming out with a theorist to a proposed site on North Reynolds Avenue near the monument to the 76th New York Infantry. Garry emphasizes that the bodies in the Harvest of Death photographs are in a fixed position.This video was taken in September of 2016.

Harvest of Death Part 16: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

Apr 21, 2017
In Video #32 Garry further examines the proposed first day site advanced by John Cummings, originally examined by Garry and Tim in Part 11 of this series.