Author Archives: Drew Gruber

About Drew Gruber

Drew lives in Williamsburg with his wife, Kate and their two cats Milton (the Brown) and Graham (Spartacus). He enjoys reading but doesn't particularly relish writing. He enjoys oyster, never cooked- always raw, brown spirituous liquors and quiet.

Civil War Trails: A New Look at Old Stories

NOVA Parks launched two new Civil War Trails signs in Loudoun County, Virginia last week. This new look at old stories will help drive visitation to the region. Tracy Gillespie, Site Manager for NOVA Parks said, “NOVA Parks is excited … Continue reading

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Paddle Along With Frederick Douglass

Adapted from a news release… Civil War Trails, Inc. has teamed up with the Caroline Office of Tourism, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the Caroline County Historical Society to update three of the Civil War Trails sites in … Continue reading

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New Sign Highlights Black History in Winchester

Adapted from a news release… During Winchester’s Juneteenth weekend a new Civil War Trails sign was unveiled at 15 North Cameron Street, on the ground of City Hall. The sign enables visitors to stand in the footsteps of the 19th … Continue reading

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Faces of the Fight: The Battle of Big Bethel

The more I study the Civil War the more I am drawn to the “who” and the “why” rather than the “what.” In researching for the forthcoming book with Doug Crenshaw titled, To Hell Or Richmond, I spent a good … Continue reading

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Williamsburg Battlefield: Making Good On A Promise

For three days during the early summer of 2018, I had the honor to deliver a set of tours during the American Battlefield Trust’s (ABT) annual conference. Held in Newport News this event brought together the most dedicated and knowledgeable … Continue reading

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Civil War Trails: Abingdon, Virginia

Tucked far into Southwest Virginia is the town of Abingdon. If you’ve ever traveled down Interstate 81 there is no doubt you’ve seen the signs, maybe even the Civil War Trails directional sign, enticing you take the exit ramp. If … Continue reading

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Civil War Trails: Visiting Kinston, North Carolina

Nestled in the heart of eastern North Carolina, lies the small town of Kinston. This small town tucked away far from the interstate, is well worth the drive and will charm you with more than just its storied past. There … Continue reading

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Tuesday on the Trail

Tuesday started out as many days ‘on the Trail.’ I was up and out early, before sunrise, and under caffeinated I hit the interstate. The podcast I had on wasn’t helping to wake me up and decided that latest Jane’s … Continue reading

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Along Lee’s Retreat at the Catalpa Inn

For those of you who spend a lot of time on the road, either by vocation or for vacation, you know that arriving at your hotel probably isn’t the highlight of your trip. No matter how tired you might be … Continue reading

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The Straight Poop: Pushing Interpretive Boundaries

If you follow Civil War Trails on Facebook you may have seen a recent post about poop. Yes. It’s true. I hesitated making the initial post for a few days. I even checked with some of my board members to … Continue reading

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