Category Archives: National Park Service

ECW Podcast: Greg Mertz Looks Back – Shiloh, Gettysburg, Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania National Military Parks

Historian Greg Mertz talks Shiloh, Gettysburg, Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania, and more as he looks back, on the eve of his retirement, on more than three and a half decades with the National Park Service. Greg is the author of the ECWS book … Continue reading

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The Deep Cut Burns

A couple of weeks ago, Manassas National Battlefield held a controlled burn in the area of the Deep Cut. Here, on August 30, 1862, thousands of Union soldiers led by Maj. Gen. Fitz John Porter attacked Confederate troops positioned along … Continue reading

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Exploring Gettysburg with Sue Boardman (part four)

part four in a series The Gettysburg battlefield is, of course, covered with monuments and memorials. For the next stop on our tour of the battlefield, Sue directed us to the very heart of the July 3 battle: “The Angle,” … Continue reading

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Exploring Gettysburg with Sue Boardman (part three)

part three in a series When Licensed Battlefield Guide Sue Boardman and I explored Gettysburg recently, we had warm temperatures but gusty breezes. We wanted to stop on Little Round Top so Sue could talk about the pending rehabilitation project … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas

  Located 67 miles off the coast of Key West, Florida and comprised of 16 million bricks sits the still unfinished Third System Fort Jefferson. Construction began in 1846 and the installation was named after the third president of the … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Grant Cottage is now a National Landmark!

The news broke this week! Grant Cottage has been officially named a national landmark. We’ve been following this development for a few months now, and it’s exciting to see the positive changes. Congressional leaders reflected on the moment by sharing … Continue reading

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What We’ve Learned: Primary Sources and Accessibility

What have we learned since the Sesquicentennial? My answer is best divided into personal revelations and broader implications, but they tie together. For me, I’ve learned just about everything. Not EVERYTHING, of course, but basically everything that I know now … Continue reading

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When a Monument Gets Its History Wrong

The U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from Antietam National Battlefield (see here for details). The statue, erected in 2003 on private property along Route 34 heading into Sharpsburg, was later acquired … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg Anniversary Programs from NPS – Online and Virtual

Since tomorrow starts the anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg and you might want time to see what’s available and plan accordingly… Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park will be offering their battle anniversary programs online this year. (In-person tours … Continue reading

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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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