Category Archives: Preservation

In Defense of Preservation

A misguided column appeared in today’s Fredericksburg, Virginia, Free Lance-Star that gives preservation-minded folks reason to pause. Columnist Donnie Johnston denounced battlefield preservation as an nothing more than an effort to strip landowners of their rights in the name of “glorifying … Continue reading

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Landscape Restoration in Fredericksburg: The New View is “Phenomenal”

by ECW Correspondent Liam McGurl Over the past few months, parts of the Fredericksburg battlefield have seen a real change in scenery. These changes include landscape restoration surrounding Chatham, the park headquarters, and the Richardson House, which sat atop Marye’s … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh’s Forgotten Civil War Treasure

When pondering the history of the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the first thing that springs to mind is generally not the city’s involvement in the American Civil War. Although the state hosted the most famous battle of the war, Pittsburgh seemingly stood … Continue reading

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Exploring Jericho Mills

It feels more like late March than late January as we walk across the field at Jericho Mills. The sky is as open and clear as the ground we’re walking across. Dried cow patties dot the field like landmines, and barbed wire … Continue reading

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CAMPers Making Progress in Memorial Preservation

From historian Mark Dunkelman, we receive news that “there have been noteworthy and positive recent developments in the fight to save the Cattaraugus County Memorial and Historical Building in Little Valley (NY).” Back in the fall, ECW’s Chris Mackowski wrote … Continue reading

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No Bluffing the King of Spades: Digging in along Hatcher’s Run

The Army of Northern Virginia had a thirty-seven mile front to defend during the early months of 1865. Its commander wanted to guarantee the earthworks protecting Richmond and Petersburg were up to his standards. “Opinions seem to differ as to … Continue reading

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Civil War Williamsburg

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Drew Gruber. It comes as no surprise that Williamsburg’s Civil War history has been on the backburnersince the battle that bears its name was fought in 1862. Few picture the iconic blue … Continue reading

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The Rappahannock

by Jason Klaiber, ECW Correspondent One hundred and fifty two years ago today, the Union army made a harrowing crossing over the Rappahannock River as it prepared to do battle in Fredericksburg. Now, a new documentary, Rappahannock, takes a fresh … Continue reading

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Franklin 150th: The McGavocks, Carnton, and the Battle of Franklin

In the late afternoon of November 30, 1864, 30,000 Confederate troops, under General Hood’s direction, made an attack on General Schofield’s federal defenses in Franklin, Tennessee.  With up to 10,000 casualties in the five hour engagement, scores of dead and … Continue reading

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Civil War Trust Launches “Campaign 1776″ to Preserve Rev War and 1812 Battlefields

Our friends at the Civil War Trust have announced some very exciting news this morning in honor of Veteran’s Day: Nearly 240 years after the “shot heard ‘round the world” signaled the beginning of the journey toward American independence, historians … Continue reading

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