Category Archives: National Park Service

Fort Sumter’s Cat Jack: the Cat that Went to War

I have often wondered exactly why the point of view of animals in any historical situation is of any interest whatsoever. Everyone knows animals really have no well-defined point of view. Anthropomorphizing animals is one of the things all “pet … Continue reading

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Top 15 Posts of 2013—Number 5: Making Hardtack

The parks are all closed and you are at your wit’s end trying to figure out what to do. You have watched Gettysburg about as many times as anyone could possible stomach and . . . stomach? Have I got … Continue reading

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Top 15 Posts of 2013—Number 12: Making Sense of Chickamauga

I’ve heard the phrase “hot mess” before, but Chickamauga National Battlefield gave it a whole new meaning. The first time I visited, about seven years ago, temperatures soared into the upper nineties with a humidity of about 700%. Because few … Continue reading

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From the Stone Wall to a Shad Bake

This is another post in the series “Tales From the Tombstone.” George Edward Pickett was ecstatic on the morning of July 3, 1863. His division, which had missed the fighting at Chancellorsville in May and had been way in the rear … Continue reading

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Book #9 in the Top Ten Books Every Civil War Fanatic Should Own

We all have a favorite battle, odd as “favorite” sounds when applied to an event wherein many folks died or were maimed. Yet, each of us has at least one engagement in particular that has caught the imagination, continuing to … Continue reading

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Cut Them Some Slack: It’s not the rangers’ fault they have to turn visitors away

The Friday afternoon drizzle that started midway through Pennsylvania turned to a steady rainfall by the time I hit Maryland. Across the Mason-Dixon line and across the Potomac, the rain continued to fall. Autumn should have been in full blaze … Continue reading

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Making Hardtack

The parks are all closed and you are at your wit’s end trying to figure out what to do. You have watched Gettysburg about as many times as anyone could possible stomach and . . . stomach? Have I got … Continue reading

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The Spring 2014 ECWS Titles: “Thunder in the Harbor”

The last time a Federal government shutdown loomed, it was in early April of 2011, literally on the eve of the 150th anniversary of the first shots fired at Fort Sumter. Park Service officials had expected big crowds for the … Continue reading

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No NPS? No Problem!—Civil War Trust Sites in Dinwiddie County, Virginia

Day Three in a series coinciding with the federal government shutdown Dinwiddie County is a Civil War preservationist’s dream. Forty-three named engagements took place within its 507 square miles, a direct testament to the tenacious campaign that gripped the neighboring city of … Continue reading

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No NPS? No Problem!—Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site

Day One in a series coinciding with the federal government shutdown The largest and bloodiest battle ever fought in Kentucky occurred October 8, 1862, as Major Genera Don Carlos Buell’s U.S. Army of the Ohio fought elements of General Braxton … Continue reading

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