Category Archives: Battlefields & Historic Places

The Battle of McDowell

I can hardly imagine the boom of cannons echoing off the mountains. Stonewall Jackson had perched atop the peaks southeast of town and dared Federal forces under Robert Milroy to attack him. Milroy, fanned across the valley below, gave it … Continue reading

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Civil War Trails: St. Mary’s County Maryland

When is the last time you took a journey to South-Eastern Mainland Maryland? Start planning your trip today as you imagine what life could be like outside of quarantine. Amongst all of the rural beauty of Southeastern Maryland, we think … Continue reading

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A Video Tour of Longstreet’s Wounding

Today, May 6, was the anniversary of James Longstreet’s accidental wounding—at the hands of his own men—during the battle of the Wilderness. I took the time today to walk the ground. Join me in this video tour from the ECW … Continue reading

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Morning at Ellwood

It’s the anniversary days for Battle of the Wilderness, and on May 5, the weather was predicted to be exceptionally fine. The result? An early morning trip to the battlefield, a little hiking, and breakfast at a historic house. Ellwood … 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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What Time Was It?

Yesterday evening, I had plans for dinner at the Union XI Corps campsites. I wanted to be at the “flank attack fields” on Chancellorsville battlefield at the time “Stonewall” Jackson launched his surprise attack against those troops 157 years ago. … Continue reading

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A Video Tour of Jackson’s Flank March

I had initially planned to hike the route of Jackson’s flank march today (May 2) to commemorate its 157th anniversary. I ended up taking my camera instead so that I could–at least virtually–take you on the flank march route with … Continue reading

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Traveling to Gettysburg: Pt. 3

Over the last two parts in this series we have followed a veteran of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, Chester Dufree, on a trip to Gettysburg for the 1913 reunion and anniversary of the battle. At a time when all … Continue reading

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The Ends of the War in Rectortown

I’ve come to Rectortown, Virginia, looking for one end of the war, but I’ve unexpectedly found several. (The anniversary of one of them is today, April 21, as it happened.) Thick puffs of clouds that look like smoky cotton balls … Continue reading

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Raising the Flag at Fort Sumter

On April 14, 1861—today, one hundred and fifty-nine years ago—Maj. Robert Anderson marched his garrison out of Fort Sumter after weathering a barrage that began two days previously. The assault on Fort Sumter started the Civil War. On April 14, … Continue reading

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