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On Victory

Douglas MacArthur famously said, “In war, there is no substitute for victory.” Yet as one looks at the Civil War, many battles seem not to offer a clear winner, or at the least, they offer a complicated definition of who … Continue reading

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Shenandoah Subordinates: George Washington Getty and the Battle of Cedar Creek

Part four in a series. In the wake of the victory at the Battle of Tom’s Brook, the Union Army of the Shenandoah trudged north, eventually going into camp along a stream known as Cedar Creek, south of the village of … Continue reading

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“Life Given, Not Lost”: Captain Morey’s Final Charge—Part One

We are happy to welcome guest author Edward Alexander. Edward Alexander is the Education & Interpretation Specialist at Pamplin Historical Park in Petersburg, Virginia. A 2009 graduate of the University of Illinois, he has also worked with Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania … Continue reading

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The Golden Opportunity at Evelynton Heights

Exactly one year before the Battle of Gettysburg Confederate James Ewell Brown “JEB” Stuart made possibly an even costlier mistake. He lost Evelynton Heights. Evelynton is the name attributed to both the plantation home of the Ruffin family (the same family … Continue reading

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A Pennsylvania Blacksmith Goes to War

At the turn of the nineteenth century, Charles R. Bowen found it fitting to include a brief biographical sketch of his father, Levi A. Bowen, in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County Pennsylvania. Charles was around thirty years of age … Continue reading

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Clear Fields of Fire

Malvern Hill Richmond National Battlefield Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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“Such a Prize Within Our Reach…”—Secretary Salazar’s Glendale Announcement

“Never, before or after, did the fates put such a prize within our reach,” Confederate memoirist E.P. Alexander wrote of the Battle of Glendale. But for many visitors to Richmond National Battlefield Park, the Glendale battlefield is merely a green … Continue reading

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Fire Along Boatswain Creek: Reflections on the Battle of Gaines Mill

Traveling for an extended Columbus Day weekend vacation, I had the opportunity to make an early-morning stop at the Gaines Mill battlefield. Much to my delight, I found upon arrival that I had the entire battlefield to myself. After reading … Continue reading

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History in the Making: Interpretive Responsibility and the Teaching of History as Product and Process

One of the many topics of the Civil War Sesquicentennial conversation is (or at least should be) how we, as human beings, construct historical memory and how we ourselves become historians (sometimes knowing, other times not) of our collective past. … Continue reading

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