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Meeting of May 16, 2023

Magnus Akerblom on “The Battle of Gettysburg”

“Hancock at Gettysburg” by Thure de Thulstrup, showing Pickett’s Charge

General Robert E. Lee’s military career had reached its zenith, and he wanted to bring the war to the North and away from Virginia.

The Union army was aware of Lee’s intention, so they moved North to meet his challenge. This resulted in the largest and bloodiest war ever on U.S. soil. Careful planning was required in order to have enough food, equipment, ammunition, medical
supplies, etc. to sustain such a long campaign.

A group discussion is planned after the presentation.

Magnus Akerblom was born in Sweden and immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1957. They lived in Lake County for three years and then moved to San Mateo. After graduating from Burlingame High School, Magnus served three years in the U.S. Army. He attended the College of San Mateo where after taking a class in U.S. history, Magnus developed a life long interest in the Civil War.

One of Magnus’ favorite pastimes is off road wheeling in his Jeep. He belongs to the Esprit De Four club, and conducts a class on how to drive off road.

Magnus has been a member of the Peninsula Civil War Round Table for three years.