Tag Archives: Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

Death of a Hero

I wonder if I could ever convey to another–to you, for instance, Reader dear–the tender and terrible realities of such cases, (many, many happen’d,) as the one I am now going to mention……..Stewart C. Glover, Co. E., Fifth Wisconsin–was wounded, … Continue reading

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“Uncle John” — R.I.P.

The monument to “Uncle John” Sedgwick, who was killed by a sharpshooter on May 9, 1864–149 years ago today at the Battle of Spotsylvania. “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance,” Sedgwick said just before taking a bullet below … Continue reading

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Shaping Chancellorsville: CVC

part six in a series In 1957, the FSNMP master plan called for the addition of a visitor center at Chancellorsville to replace the contact station built by the CCC.[1] Original plans called for placing the building on the south side … Continue reading

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Shaping Chancellorsville: The first reenactment and ‘The Last Meeting’

part five in a series In 1933, administration of the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park was turned over to the National Park Service, and shortly thereafter, the NPS invited the Civilian Conservation Corps to come in to the park … Continue reading

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Shaping Chancellorsville: Establishing the park

part four in a series After the Chancellorsville Battlefield Association fizzled, a second effort to establish a battlefield park got underway in the area in 1898, sparked first by the Fredericksburg City Council, joined later by the Virginia state legislature. … Continue reading

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Shaping Chancellorsville: Pre-park preservation efforts

part three in a series While the Jackson Monument represents the first effort to set aside property at Chancellorsville, efforts were soon underway to preserve far more of the battlefield. By 1891, a group of northern and southern veterans formed … Continue reading

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Burnside’s Sword

One cool part of my experience in Fredericksburg last week that I didn’t yet get to mention: Ambrose Burnside’s sword is on display in the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center. A Pennsylvania collector, Alan Genetti, has loaned the sword to the … Continue reading

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Pick number three in my Top 10 List: A set of maps

The third book, or books, every Civil War buff needs on the bookshelf is a good set of maps. These are invaluable–nothing less. They give form to the function of a campaign or battle and, depending on your choices, can … Continue reading

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Notes from a manuscript

Just to offer y’all a little behind-the-scenes glimpse of what goes into a manuscript, I thought I’d pass along this quick story, which will, I hope, offer a little levity. Kris and I are wrapping up work on a writing … Continue reading

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The Lights Atop the Hill

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