Category Archives: National Park Service

Saving History Saturday: Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument – Reflecting on the Journey

On Wednesday, October 14, 2020, Mill Springs Battlefield in Kentucky became the 421th unit in the National Park Service. After much support from congressional representatives, this Civil War battle site has received a new and high level for protection and … Continue reading

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The NPS’s Newest National Battlefield: Mill Springs, Kentucky

The Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument in Nancy, Kentucky, is officially part of the National Park System. Word came today from Representative Hal Rogers, who represents Kentucky’s 5th District. Here’s information from the congressman’s press release, issued today:

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ECW Weekender: The Chancellorsville History Trail’s Western Loop

At the end of July, I posted about the 3.6-mile Chancellorsville History Trail that departs from the parking lot near the Chancellorsville Visitor Center (CVC). The trail winds through the area of Confederate attacks on July 3, north of the … Continue reading

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Space, “Western Theater” not the Final Frontier

(Editor’s Note: The ECW YouTube page will feature videos from Phill’s trip over the next few weeks, kicked off by this discussion, which is also available as an ECW Podcast.) Recently, I had the opportunity to visit a few battlefields … Continue reading

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ECW Honors Dave Ruth for Service in Civil War Public History

Emerging Civil War is pleased to honor Dave Ruth, former superintendent of Richmond National Battlefield Park, as the recipient of this year’s Emerging Civil War Award for Service in Civil War Public History. Emerging Civil War’s Award for Service in … Continue reading

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Monument Removal in NPS Appropriation—An Update

I reported last month on a House appropriations bill for the Department of the Interior—HR-7608—that would require the National Park Service, within 180 days of enactment, to “remove from display all physical Confederate commemorative works, such as statues, monuments, sculptures, … Continue reading

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Maine at War: July 2020

Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in July at his blog, Maine at War: July 1, 2020: Sitting governor runs afoul Republican opponents, part 1 Refusing to kowtow to political shenanigans in his own party, Maine Republican … 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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Understanding History Through Addition, Not Subtraction, on Civil War Battlefields

Last Wednesday, I reported on a provision in the Department of the Interior’s 2021 spending bill that would, if approved by Congress and signed into law by the president, remove Confederate statues from national parks. “It’s a top priority of … Continue reading

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Removal of Confederate Monuments from National Parks?

A reader sent to me yesterday a copy of the proposed 2021 appropriation for the Department of the Interior, which includes the National Park Service, and he called to my attention to an item on pg. 160 of the appropriation: … Continue reading

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