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Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image, by Joshua Zeitz

I was on the list at Amazon for immediate delivery of Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image when publication occurred, and to say I was excited is an understatement. John Hay and John George … Continue reading

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Not the Only Lemon Lover: A Couple of Recipes from Ulysses S. Grant

 Inspired by Phil Greenwalt’s post concerning lemons and Stonewall Jackson, I dug around the Internet looking for what I remembered as Mrs. Grant’s Lemon Pie. As an emerging Civil War historian, I am used to being wrong, so I was … Continue reading

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How Gettysburg became Gettysburg: Tom Desjardin’s must-read book

The Battle of Gettysburg certainly ranks as one of America’s great stories—but how it became such a great story is a story unto itself. That’s the focus of Thomas Desjardin’s book These Honored Dead: How the Story of Gettysburg Shaped American … Continue reading

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A Surfeit of Heroes: Custer At Gettysburg, July 3, 1863 / Part 2

The term invincible is often found in accounts of Gettysburg. Lee referred to the soldiers of the Army of Northern Virginia as invincible, and so they seemed after Chancellorsville. On May 15, when called to Richmond by Confederate President Jefferson … 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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Shaping Chancellorsville: The first memory memorialized on the field

part two in a series The first effort to mark out events on the Chancellorsville Battlefield came as early at 1883, although some accounts suggest it happened as early as 1876. Former members of Stonewall Jackson’s staff placed a large … Continue reading

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Shaping Chancellorsville: How memories of the battle shaped the battlefield

part one in a series It has become the stuff of legends: Astride his horse, Traveller, Robert. E. Lee rides into the Chancellorsville clearing, the mansion in flames behind him, his men gathered ‘round with hats off, cheering wildly. It’s … Continue reading

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