Category Archives: National Park Service

Gettysburg Mural Gets New Life

Gettysburg buffs are well-acquainted with Mark Dunkelman’s wonderful mural that depicts the fight in Kuhn’s Brickyard on July 1, 1863. The mural sits just off modern-day Coster Avenue. Time and weather have both roughed up the mural since its original … Continue reading

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Discussing the Civil War Sesquicentennial

Over the weekend, C-SPAN featured a panel discussion from the Second Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge that looked at the impact of the Civil War on current events. The discussion included a look at the Confederate Culture Wars, and … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: “The Civil War” by Ken Burns, 25 Years Later

As I sat last night and watched the re-released historic documentary by Ken Burns, I was taken back to 1990.  At that time I was in the 8th grade and had an interest in history.  I can remember distinctly watching … Continue reading

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Richard Ewell’s Leg?

Confederate Major General Richard Stoddard Ewell was bending down, trying to see below the musket smoke and setting sun. The Battle of Groveton, one of the opening salvos in the Battle of Second Manassas had evolved into a stand-up, straight … Continue reading

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“Potentially Momentous”

  Last week, Michael Harris wrote about the Battle of Brandywine and in his conclusion mentioned his excellent history on this important battle in the American Revolution. While reading his work, I came across the account of Captain Patrick Ferguson. … Continue reading

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The Dark Hills

The Dark Hills Dark hills at evening in the west, Where sunset hovers like a sound Of golden horns that sang to rest Old bones of warriors under ground,

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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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