Category Archives: Battlefields & Historic Places

A More Appropriate Arthur’s Swamp

During the VI Corps pre-dawn assault against the Confederate earthworks on April 2, 1865, the Vermont Brigade utilized the middle branch of Arthur’s Swamp to guide them to the enemy works. This battlefield feature is frequently dried out throughout the … Continue reading

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“The Sad, sorrowful, and pathetic scene at Salem”

Growing up in the region called “Mosby’s Confederacy,” the memory of John S. Mosby was never far.  The main road I traveled as a kid was called “John S Mosby Highway.”  Historic markers line the road with references to Mosby and … Continue reading

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240th Anniversary of the “Shot Heard Around the World”

As we remember the events around Bennett Place this weekend, keep in mind our friends near Boston are commemorating another important anniversary.  Today marks the 240th anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord.  To read more about the events taking … Continue reading

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Booth’s Escape Route

By ECW Correspondent Pat Tintle. Spring was in the air in Washington D.C., but the time of rebirth would soon be tarnished by a nation-wide state of mourning. It was April 14, 1865. The war of the rebellion was winding … Continue reading

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Events Larger Than One Person: The Surrenders at Bennett Place, Durham, North Carolina

Part One. Gen. Joseph E. Johnston learned of the surrender of Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia in Wilmer McLean’s parlor in the hamlet of Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865 several days later. Lee had … Continue reading

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Where Was George Gordon Meade?

A Google search of the many sketches and paintings that have become the iconic, popular images of Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House may unveil a startling revelation. The commander of the Army of the Potomac, the principle … Continue reading

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Appomattox (of a sorts) in Massachusetts

One place I was surprised to find to run into Lee and Grant was in Lowell, Massachusetts. There, their meeting at Appomattox is frozen in time in the main room of the city library, courtesy of artist Paul Philippoteaux, the man … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Appomattox (part four)

The doors of Wilmer McLean’s house stand wide open–front and back–and a bevy of Parks Service volunteers stand ready to funnel the throng through. A Park Service ranger stands in the hallway to ensure no one enacts any mischief in the … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender – Farmville, Virginia

Southside Virginia still maintains most of its historic scenery of the 19th century.  Small towns and windy roads abound.  In the area between Petersburg and Lynchburg “Virginia’s southside,” Lee and Grant’s armies left marks that still resonate today. Any visit … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Appomattox (part one)

One of the images that hangs high over Ulysses S. Grant’s sepulcher is an image of a handshake. It’s an idealized painting of Grant and Lee at Appomattox, sealing their deal. A handshake was a man’s word. It’s the way … Continue reading

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