Category Archives: National Park Service

Three Virginia Battlefields See More Preserved Ground

The Civil War Trust recently notified us of a successful campaign to save nearly 400 acres at several Virginia battlefields, including Gaines’ Mill, Cedar Mountain, and Cold Harbor. President of the Trust, Jim Lighthizer, recently sent us this follow up … Continue reading

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Civil War Trust Honors Preservationists

Several weeks ago, the Civil War Trust presented several awards in the field of preservation to groups and individuals that have gone above and beyond to save our nation’s history. Those awarded come from all walks of life and groups … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Gettysburg Field Hospital Sites

As the sun set on the Gettysburg battlefield on July 3, 1863, although the sound of combat faded into history, a new battle was just beginning. Over the course of the three day engagement, 51,000 men became casualties. That number … Continue reading

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Preservation Opportunity at Gettysburg on the First Day Battlefield

The battle had been waging west of the small Pennsylvania town for several hours. Brig. Gen. John Buford’s Federal cavalry had slowly been falling back, eastward, from north-south ridge to north-south ridge. Buford’s men were not looking to win this … Continue reading

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Battle of Kennesaw Mountain & Baseball

On a recent tour of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Georgia, I toured the museum in the visitor center. Near the end of the exhibits was a wall of faces of people who fought at the July 27, 1864 … Continue reading

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My Favorite Historical Person: Private Dorence Atwater

Three flights of stairs! Wooden, rickety stairs! And who knew how successful he would be at the end of them, anyway? Recently released from Andersonville prison, returning home weighing in the neighborhood of ninety pounds, young Dorence Atwater climbed up … Continue reading

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Dan Welch: Interpreting Stonewall at Second Manassas

The concentration of this year’s ECW Symposium will examine great defensive stands of the American Civil War. The multi-day event will look at numerous commanders, command decisions, and battlefields along the way, including both theaters of the conflict. For me, … Continue reading

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Hiram Lare Among the Unknown

Fredericksburg National Cemetery has the largest number of unidentified soldiers anywhere in the National Cemetery System. Last Saturday evening, at one of the tour stops for the cemetery’s annual Memorial Day luminaria ceremony, I had the privilege of talking about … Continue reading

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Preservation Success at Champion Hill Battlefield

Earlier this month, the Civil War Trust, along with the National Park Foundation and HTR Foundation joined together to announce the protection of a portion of the Champion Hill battlefield, the largest battle of the Vicksburg Campaign. The announcement comes … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 5/1-5/7/17

With battle anniversaries for Chancellorsville, Second Fredericksburg, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House here or just around the calendar corner, we’re wondering if you have a favorite battlefield to visit from that list? If so, why?

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