Category Archives: National Park Service

Name Change Alert!!

I know it is politically incorrect nowadays for a woman to take the name of the man she marries (or whatever!), but I am formally–OK–informally!–announcing that Robert Groeling and I got married on July 4 of this year. I will … Continue reading

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“They Fought Because They Would Not Be Slaves”

Revolutionary War Wednesday and Emerging Revolutionary War is pleased to welcome guest historian Mark Maloy this week.  African-Americans fought for the Americans during the Revolutionary War, right?  Many of us remember learning about Crispus Attucks dying during the Boston Massacre … Continue reading

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Meaning No Disrespect . . .

The removal of South Carolina’s Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the Statehouse on Friday (7/10/2015) caused quite a kerfluffle, for many reasons.

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Being a Civil War Intern

The first week of any job can be a difficult, especially for an intern. Thankfully my first week at Stones River went smoothly … except for one or two challenges. The internship program at Stones River is enjoyably different from … Continue reading

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Being A Civil War Intern: An Introduction

Over the past four years I have been blessed with many opportunities to work with the National Park Service. I spent two summers as an intern in Fredericksburg, VA and another two at George Washington Birthplace. And though I will … Continue reading

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Unknown Flag of Gettysburg

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Jim Taub On July 1st, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg began. As the forces of both armies converged on the sleepy Pennsylvania town that Wednesday morning, each regiment carried with them … Continue reading

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Whiskey and War: The Case of Joseph Mower at the Battle of Corinth

Over the course of the last year and a half, one of the officers who has grabbed my attention is Maj. Gen. Joseph Mower. Having served in the War with Mexico, Mower compiled an impressive combat record during the Civil … Continue reading

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Honoring Heroes

This past Saturday I closed out my work detail—I hate using the word “work” to describe an opportunity to spend a few weeks being a ranger at a national military park–but I digress. However, my last day coincided with assisting … Continue reading

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Appomattox and Bennett Place: A Remarkable Contrast

I had the honor and privilege of attending and participating in a portion of the weeklong commemoration sof the surrenders at Bennett Place on April 18, 2015, the 150th anniversary of the signing of the initial peace treaty by Maj. … Continue reading

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William Child at Ford’s Theater

Northerners across the country had reason to celebrate in mid-April 1865.  The war had ended in a Union victory, with the Union restored and the emancipation of millions of African Americans from bondage.  As celebrations in the forms of speeches, … Continue reading

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