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Too Much for Human Endurance: The George Spangler Farm Hospitals and the Battle of Gettysburg by Ron Kirkwood

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The bloodstains are gone, but the worn floorboards remain. The doctors, nurses, and patients who toiled and suffered and ached for home at the Army of the Potomac’s XI Corps hospital at the George Spangler Farm in Gettysburg have long since departed. Happily, though, their stories remain, and noted journalist and George Spangler Farm expert Ronald D. Kirkwood brings these people and their experiences to life in “Too Much for Human Endurance”: The George Spangler Farm Hospitals and the Battle of Gettysburg.

Ronald D. Kirkwood is retired after a 40-year career as an editor and writer in newspapers and magazines including USA Today, the Baltimore Sun, the Harrisburg Patriot-News, and the York Daily Record. Ron edited national magazines for USA Today Sports and was NFL editor for USA TODAY Sports Weekly. He won numerous state, regional, and national awards during his career and managed the copy desk in Harrisburg when the newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. Ron has been a Gettysburg Foundation docent at the George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital Site since it opened in 2013. He is a native of Dowagiac/Sister Lakes, MI, and a graduate of Central Michigan University, where he has returned as guest speaker to journalism classes as part of the school’s Hearst Visiting Professionals series.