Category Archives: Battlefields & Historic Places

A Visit to the Site of the Final Surrender

To reach the site of the last Confederate surrender, I first have to cross a cemetery. Along the back wall, three brick stairs offer access to a gravel pathway that leads off into the woods and the 35-acre Doaksville archaeological … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Keedysville, Maryland

I’d spent the day driving and researching at three different libraries. By the time the late sunset hour approached, I needed to get out-of-doors, but I didn’t really feel like going battlefielding that evening. Then, I remembered Keedysville… It’s a … Continue reading

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June 17: The 1st Massachusetts Cavalry at Aldie

Every regiment that served in the Civil War had one day that exemplified the rest of their wartime service. For the men of the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry, June 17 was their day. In particular, it was June 17, 1863. That … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Totopotomoy Creek

It’s the 155th anniversary of the fighting along Totopotomoy Creek, which opened the action at Cold Harbor during Grants 1864 Overland Campaign. Richmond National Battlefield has administered the site since 2006, and it is definitely a gem worth visiting. Aside … Continue reading

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These Men I Feel I Know, a Little, at Ox Ford

To the west, the sounds of industry clank and crunch through the forest. The insistent warning of a backing-up truck beep-beep-beeps in discordant competition. The gravel pit, nestled up to the edge of North Anna Battlefield Park, does not rest … Continue reading

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“And over here we have…”

On this day in history, Colonel Elmer Ellsworth walked into a two-star inn-and-boarding house in Alexandria. It was early in the morning, and a man in his nightshirt and pants was the only person awake on the first floor. The … Continue reading

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The Fox House at the North Anna River

On May 23, 1864–155 years ago today–Robert E. Lee sat on the porch of Rev. Thomas Fox’s home, drinking a glass of buttermilk, when Federals appeared on the north bank of the North Anna River a half a mile to … Continue reading

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Thornsbury Bailey Brown – The First Casualty of Enemy Fire

First. Last. Only. These words add tremendous weight when attached to a person or event associated with the Civil War. The absolute enormity of the war makes it hard to fathom there being a ‘first,’ a ‘last,’ or an ‘only,’ … Continue reading

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Symposium Spotlight: Books, Books, Books Pt. 1

This week our Symposium Spotlight will get you excited about a summer reading list. In part one of this series, our presenters have suggested works that will get you prepared for this year’s theme “Forgotten Battles of the Civil War.” … Continue reading

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A Word on Behalf of Myer’s Hill on the 155th Anniversary

Happy “Myer’s Hill Day!” Today, May 14, was the anniversary of action 155 years ago at Spotsylvania Court House on the southeast edge of the battlefield. The highest ground in the area, Myer’s Hill became the scene of back-and-forth fighting. … Continue reading

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