Category Archives: National Park Service

Hidden 7th Georgia Infantry Marker at Manassas

One of the treats of battlefield exploration is discovering something new – or at least feeling like you’re discovering something new. Upon my first trip to Virginia in 2018, I was determined to follow in the footsteps of a soldier … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: A Summer of Restoration for the Kirkland Monument at Fredericksburg Battlefield

The Sergeant Kirkland Monument within the boundaries of Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania National Military Park and near the Sunken Road and Marye’s Heights is an iconic symbol. Depicting the Confederate sergeant giving water to a wounded Union soldier, it’s a powerful reminder of … Continue reading

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Stolen War Department Marker Recovered at Antietam

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Matthew Chilton… On February 22, 2021, I noticed a familiar  item – seemingly a ca. 1890’s War Department directional marker –  was being advertised for an upcoming estate sale at a local auction in … Continue reading

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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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