Category Archives: Battlefields & Historic Places

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 Civilian Conservation Corps at Droop Mountain

ECW welcomes back guest author Jon Tracey The Civilian Conservation Corps was one of President Franklin Roosevelt’s earliest programs to alleviate the hardship of the Great Depression. During its operation from 1933 to 1942, the Corps put over two and … Continue reading

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Layers of History at Oak Ridge

ECW welcomes guest author Jon Tracey When modern visitors come to Gettysburg National Military Park they often imagine the landscape as an untouched image of exactly how the battlefield appeared in July 1863. However, despite this ideal, the landscape has … Continue reading

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Happy Antietam Anniversary to Kevin Pawlak

On August 30, our very own Kevin Pawlak celebrated his 8-year anniversary as a Licensed Battlefield Guide (LBG) at Antietam National Battlefield. With the anniversary of the battle coming up later this month, we decided to talk with Kevin a … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Virginia Museum of the Civil War’s Art Gallery

I enjoy visiting art museums and galleries, especially if historical art is displayed! The Virginia Civil War Museum at New Market has The Robert Raeburn, VMI 1951, Civil War Art Gallery—a splendid collection of unique Civil War art, including some … Continue reading

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“We Stand Where Abraham Lincoln Stood…”: Dwight D. Eisenhower & Gettysburg

Chris Mackowski just released a short video on the ECW YouTube page about President Eisenhower and Gettysburg: From military training of the battleground of Gettysburg to retiring and building a farmhouse in the community, Dwight D. Eisenhower was keenly aware … Continue reading

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The Chancellorsville History Trail

In this month’s Emerging Civil War newsletter, I mentioned my time over the last month and a half exercising on Chancellorsville History Trail. For folks who can’t make it out into the woods, I thought I’d take you on a … Continue reading

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Vanishing Monuments – The Case of Custer City, Colorado

“Do you remember the good old days before the ghost town?” – The Specials In the months and years that followed the battle of the Little Bighorn, dozens of towns and counties named after Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer sprang … Continue reading

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World War II Amphibious Training on the Hatcher’s Run Battlefields

The Petersburg area Civil War battlefields are famously known as a training ground for the United States Army during World War I. Due to the prevalence of trench warfare, the area was a logical choice for the establishment of a … Continue reading

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A Comment on Civil War Monuments

Recent events have raised questions about the preservation of Civil War sites and monuments on National Park battlefields. As some of my Emerging Civil War colleagues and I discussed these potential threats, we decided it was important to say something. … Continue reading

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