Category Archives: Battlefields & Historic Places

ECW Weekender: Fredericksburg Events

It’s Fredericksburg anniversary weekend and it seemed appropriate to share the history tours and walks that are hosted by the National Park Service on Saturday and Sunday. We’ve copied the listed from the NPS website and wish you a great … Continue reading

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Holiday History Tour

I traveled home from Fredericksburg to Erie Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving this year. It was my first trip back since arriving here in late June. As I have an serious allergy to the commercialism of Black Friday, I decided to make … Continue reading

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Exploring Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West

My wife will tell you that I can find Civil War History wherever we go. I’m equally proud and embarrassed to admit that she’s right. We recently joined a few friends for a late season, kids free, just-what-the-doctor-ordered trip to … Continue reading

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Chasing Uncle Billy: Breaching the Line of the Salkahatchie River (part two)

(part two of two) On February 1, 1865, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s might army crossed into South Carolina and began moving north. He kept his two wings separated for a variety of reasons: to confuse the Confederates as to … Continue reading

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Chasing Uncle Billy: Breaching the Line of the Salkahatchie River (part one)

(part one of two) My friend and co-author Wade Sokolosky and I just spent the last three days chasing William T. Sherman’s march through South Carolina and part of North Carolina. Along the way, we both saw things we had … Continue reading

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The Collapse of a Battlefield Landmark: Antietam’s Middle Bridge

Whether they are well-studied or just passersby, both sets of visitors alike typically want to ensure they see one thing during their visit to Antietam National Battlefield: the Burnside bridge. And why not? The stories there are compelling, it is … Continue reading

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Opening the Mine Run Campaign at Germanna Ford and Creating a History of Our Own

Everything was brown: the barren trees, the fallen leaves, the river itself as it pushed between the high banks on either side. Even the crushed gravel of the path was somehow brown as it wound down the hillside from the … Continue reading

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Fort Towson and Doaksville, Oklahoma

Over the summer, I had the chance to visit Doaksville, OK–site of the final Confederate surrender of the Civil War. You can read an account of my trip in this blog post I wrote for the anniversary of the surrender. You can … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Rock of the 40th New York

Part of a series. When you first hear the nickname of the 40th New York Infantry, you might think that the regiment was filled with musicians marching off to serve in the Union Army. “The Mozart Regiment” has a nice … Continue reading

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Jerilyn James Lee and Why the Civil War Still Matters

A pretty lady walked quietly in the cemetery where her grandparents and great-grandparents are buried. As she looked at the dates on the markers: I realized from the dates on my great grandmother’s grave that she was born in 1859 … Continue reading

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