Category Archives: Personalities

Jackson House’s Michael Anne Lynn to Retire

We were surprised to learn recently that Michael Anne Lynn, director of the Stonewall Jackson House in Lexington, Virginia, will be retiring at the end of this month. Lynn, who has served at the Jackson House for 35 years, will … Continue reading

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The Mosby Heritage Area Association

For Kevin Pawlak, history is a story. And much like tales of princesses and knights, he said historic accounts have the ability to impassion people, too. Pawlak, education specialist for the Mosby Heritage Area Association, said the organization focuses on … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 9/12-9/18/16

Who is the least-known general officer in the Civil War who had the biggest impact on a victory or loss?

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Longstreet goes West: Part three: On to Nashville?

Longstreet’s move to Georgia took 9 days, though some of the trailing elements in his corps – Anderson’s Brigade, which was diverted to Savannah for a week or so, and any number of individual Georgians who hadn’t been home in … Continue reading

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Sheldon Appleby Among the Archives

I have known Sheldon Appleby, my great-great-great grandfather, only through his handwriting—and only that through a single letter handwritten from February 1863, and only that through a photocopy of a photocopy. The great aunt who’d given me a copy of … Continue reading

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Longstreet goes West, Part Two: Westward Ho!

The decision to reinforce Bragg came only after much debate, and only after every other expedient had been exhausted. While President Davis believed that the Confederacy needed to use interior lines to achieved localized concentrations of force, that theory did … Continue reading

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“Finding” Sandie Pendleton

He wasn’t really lost. But I love a good challenge…and good surprises. Did you see the blog post last month about my difficult lesson? I had tunnel vision eight years ago and missed the opportunity to see (and photograph) a … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: The National Portrait Gallery

While Washington, D.C. is awash in Civil War sites and monuments, one place you might not think to add to your list—but is definitely worth a stop—is the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum. Located on 8th and … Continue reading

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Beverly Ford Road at Brandy Station

This past Saturday, I had an opportunity to visit the Brandy Station battlefield. On the walk out to Buford’s Knoll (Brig. Gen. John Buford’s command post during the engagement) I captured this picture. The tree line in the center foreground … Continue reading

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“A Twitter Feed” of the Civil War–What Historians Really Do, Part 2

Sometimes things just fall into our laps, and sometimes we have to break down walls just for the chance to be turned away.  This opportunity is one of the former, and a beautiful opportunity it is!

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