Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

Emory Upton in Upstate New York

Batavia, New York, sits midway between Buffalo and Rochester along the busy New York State Thruway. Western New Yorkers know it best for its racetrack, Batavia Downs, a half-mile track that features live harness racing July through December. But I … Continue reading

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“Never forget”: Remembering Antietam on 9/11

It has become my custom on 9/11 to think back to a different day during a different September when America suffered an even more catastrophic loss of life. As I explained two years ago, the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 17, … Continue reading

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Support Battlefield Preservation at Chancellorsville

An open letter to the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors, who will consider tomorrow evening a proposal to preserve a portion of the Chancellorsville battlefield in exchange for zoning concessions Dear Supervisors: It might seem hyperbolic to say that Spotsylvania … Continue reading

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Visiting Headquarters

Perhaps the gray day made headquarters seem quieter than normal. Situated along Route 30 on the northwest corner of Gettysburg, General Lee’s HQ usually has the feel of a place where something’s going on. It was certainly like that on … Continue reading

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Shaping Chancellorsville: Conclusion

The final installment in a series In 2010, the update to Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park (FSNMP) map denoted for the first time the location of the Day One battlefield even though it lies outside the park boundary. In its … Continue reading

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Escape from Hellmira!

One hundred and fifty years ago today, Confederate prisoners being held in Elmira Prison in upstate New York started construction on a tunnel that would allow ten men to burrow their way to freedom. It was the only one of … Continue reading

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Shaping Chancellorsville: The Final Campaign for Day One

  Part thirteen in a series Although Dogwood Development’s effort to develop Chancellorsville’s Day One battlefield went down in defeat, owner John Mullins still looked for opportunity to develop the property. Preservationists, meanwhile, offered to buy the land from him, but … Continue reading

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Shaping Chancellorsville: Going National

part twelve in a series At a July 31, 2002 news conference, representatives from seven different preservation groups held a well-coordinated news conference to draw national attention to the latest development threat to the Chancellorsville battlefield: the land where action … Continue reading

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Shaping Chancellorsville: The Second Battle of Chancellorsville

part eleven in a series Easily the highest-profile land acquisition at Chancellorsville in the last two decades has been the Day One battlefield. On May 1, 1863, east of the Chancellorsville intersection, Confederate forces intercepted the Federal advance, much to the … Continue reading

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Shaping Chancellorsville: Guarding the Flank

Part ten in a series In 1998, fresh off its acquisition of McLaws’ Wedge, the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust (CVBT) turned its attention to the far end of the Chancellorsville battlefield and began buying property associated with Jackson’s Flank Attack, … Continue reading

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