Category Archives: Photography

Melissa Winn: “Don’t Be Afraid to be Right”

To kick off Women’s History Month, I took some time to do a podcast interview with Melissa Winn, the director of photography for HistoryNet. Melissa is the one in charge of all the great photos you see in Civil War … Continue reading

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40th Parallel

Columbia, Pennsylvania, is a gritty river industrial town that dates back to the mid 18th-Century and straddles the 40th Parallel – a small stone marker marks that designation right along the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County. What makes the town … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Confederate Cemetery at Spotsylvania Court House (In The Snow)

Fallen Union soldiers from the battlefields of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House were eventually laid to rest in Fredericksburg National Cemetery. But what happened to the Confederate graves? Many of the Confederate dead were disinterred and reburied … Continue reading

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Fort Fisher: The Last Bastion

The Confederacy’s greatest bastion arguably was Fort Fisher located some 15 miles south of Wilmington, NC, on the ocean exposed dune-scapes of far eastern reaches of the Tar Heel State. When it fell into Union hands on January 15, 1865, … Continue reading

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The “Absolutely Incomparable” Land at the Intersection of Gaines’s Mill and Cold Harbor

One of the most fascinating parts of Richmond National Battlefield is that the 1862 battlefield of Gaines’s Mill sits perpendicular to the 1864 battle of Cold Harbor—on the same ground. This week, the American Battlefield Trust announced a campaign to … Continue reading

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“I’ll Take the Chances”

Arguably one the most iconic Civil War battlefield monuments is the dramatic sculpture depicting 2nd South Carolina Sgt. Richard Kirkland bravely aiding thirsty wounded soldiers on the frozen slopes in front of Brompton Manor on December 14, 1862, after the … Continue reading

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Franklin’s Crossing at Fredericksburg

Earlier this year I had a rare opportunity to visit the site of Franklin’s Crossing (also known at the Lower Crossing) at Fredericksburg. The site sits on land owned by Spotsylvania County and isn’t currently accessible to the public. These … Continue reading

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Some December Scenes from Spotsy

The thermometer tried to stay above forty as morning edged toward noon, but winter temperatures had settled onto the Spotsylvania battlefield and proved harder to budge than the Confederate army. I was out for my morning exercise, which normally consists … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Bliss

November’s Full Moon was November 30, and I find shooting the setting moon in early morning is many times easier than shooting the rising moon at sunset. Lining up the moving parts can be a challenge. The moon for November … Continue reading

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Gaines’ Mill Sunset

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