Author Archives: Bert Dunkerly

On The Eve Of War: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Before it was the Steel City, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was known as the Gateway to the West. The hilly city perched above three swift rivers had a population of 50,000, making it then as now the second largest city in the … Continue reading

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The Fall of Richmond, April 3, 1865

On April 3, 1865 occurred one of the most famous and momentous events of Richmond’s history. It was also one of the most shrouded in myth and misconception. On April 2, 1865, the Confederate government and military began to evacuate … Continue reading

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On The Eve of War: Williamsburg, Virginia

In 1860 the former capital of Virginia still had many tangible remnants of its colonial past, and would become quickly swept up in the coming war. Williamsburg had 1,895 residents in 1860, with 864 black and 1,031 white. Of the … Continue reading

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On The Eve of War: Yorktown, Virginia

Yorktown, Virginia, the scene of the culminating engagement of the Revolutionary War, was a quiet village perched on the sandy bluffs above the York River when war came again to the Virginia Peninsula. With the capital’s transfer from nearby Williamsburg … Continue reading

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Monroe, Michigan’s Civil War Connections

Located along Lake Erie’s western shore, about midway between Detroit, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio, Monroe, Michigan was the scene of numerous events during the War of 1812. Today they are commemorated at River Raisin National Battlefield Park. Two battles were … Continue reading

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Mount Davis’ Civil War Connection

In the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania, far from the great battlefields of Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia, are the rugged Allegheny Mountains. This remote part of Somerset County has the highest ridges in the state, with an unlikely Civil War connection. … Continue reading

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Maggie Walker and how she valued history

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article about African American banker Maggie Walker and her impact on the banking industry. I’m always glad to see her get recognition for her hard work in banking and her leadership in civil … Continue reading

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Home Libraries: The Franklin Street Library

I love books. I mean really love books. They’re everywhere in my house, in nearly every room. I always loved to read and loved having books, but really got into collecting while in my first Park Service position after graduate … Continue reading

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Intersections of History at Turner’s Gap

We often find layers of history when we least expect it. Take Turner’s Gap on South Mountain in central Maryland. Most of us know this was the primary gap through the mountains, fought over in September, 1862 as part of … Continue reading

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The Louisiana Tigers at Gaines’ Mill

Major Chatham Roberdeau Wheat and the Louisiana Tigers loom large in Civil War history. Such a famous, and ferocious unit, and its commander, met its end outside of Richmond in June, 1862. At six feet, two inches, and weight about … Continue reading

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