Author Archives: Terry Rensel

Registration Closes Soon for the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust’s Conference

As Executive Director of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT), I’d like to extend a personal invitation to our 25th Anniversary Conference, October 8-10, 2021. (Registration closing on October 1!) We are celebrating our past 25 years of preserving land … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Hagen History Center

Growing up in and around Erie, Pennsylvania I made more visits than I can count to the Watson-Curtze Mansion, then owned by the Erie School District. Today it is part of a multi-building campus known as the Hagen History Center. … Continue reading

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Fallen Leaders: Col. Hiram Brown of the 145th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

In 1853 Hiram L. Brown was a running a successful hotel in Erie, Pennsylvania and was Captain of the Wayne Guards militia. When war broke out, he joined the 90-day Erie Regiment as the Captain of Company B. The regiment … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: The Erie Regiment

On April 21, 1861 John W. McLane of Erie issued a call for volunteers, for a term of service of three months. In 1859 he had formed the Wayne Guard, a company of volunteers that served as a mostly ceremonial … Continue reading

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Harris Farm: The 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery’s Baptism of Fire

General Ulysses S. Grant had decided to move around Gen. Robert E. Lee’s right once again in another flanking maneuver in the Overland Campaign. On the night of May 18, 1864, the Union’s Army of the Potomac started shifting away … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Vincent After Gettysburg

On July 3, 1863, as he lay dying from his wounds inflicted upon Little Round Top, Col. Strong Vincent asked for his wife. Elizabeth Vincent was home in Erie, Pennsylvania, seven months pregnant and in no condition to travel, thus … Continue reading

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Franklin’s Crossing at Fredericksburg

Earlier this year I had a rare opportunity to visit the site of Franklin’s Crossing (also known at the Lower Crossing) at Fredericksburg. The site sits on land owned by Spotsylvania County and isn’t currently accessible to the public. These … Continue reading

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Home Libraries: Across Time and Place

I have loved reading from an early age, and as I get older reading has become the main thing that I do to relax and fill my free time. I started out reading sports biographies, and the discovered Stephen King … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Erie History, Lost and Found

I recently made a road trip to Pennsylvania to look in on family and friends, as I needed to check in on a few things in person. Since I was going to be in Erie, I decided to spend part … Continue reading

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Getting Un-lost in the Wilderness

As I have gotten older, I have become a much more tactile person when it comes to understanding history. I still greatly enjoy a good book, and sometimes that’s the only way that you can experience it, but it has … Continue reading

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