Category Archives: Preservation

Saving History Saturday: Cabin Site Discovered Where Harriet Tubman Lived

It started with an archaeologist finding a coin dated 1808, and ended with the discovery of a cabin site identified as the dwelling of Harriet Tubman’s father. Located in swampy land on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the home once belonged to … Continue reading

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“Flat” Wilderness?

I’m always grateful for an opportunity to see a battlefield I know well with new eyes. Adam H. Petty’s book The Battle of the Wilderness in Myth and Memory: Reconsidering Virginia’s Most Notorious Civil War Battlefield (LSU Press, 2019), which … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: A New Voice For Old Stories

The following press release comes from Civil War Trails in recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Civil War Trails, Inc. has teamed up with Fairfax County Parks and Recreation, Old Baldy Civil War Round Table and several … Continue reading

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Interview with Greg Mertz: postscript

Earlier this month, I had the privilege to interview my friend and mentor, historian Greg Mertz, on the occasion of his retirement from the National Park Service after a career of more than three and a half decades. Our wide-ranging … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Award For Preservation at Cool Spring Battlefield

The following text is an official press release from American Battlefield Trust, shared on April 22, 2021. AMERICAN BATTLEFIELD TRUST, SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY HONORED FOR WORK AT VIRGINIA’S COOL SPRING BATTLEFIELD   Wingate Mackay-Smith Clarke County Land Conservation Award recognizes the partnership that … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: 22 Acres to Save at Bristoe Station

Bristoe Station battlefield is bordered by development. In fact, a compromise between developers and preservationists are the only reason the park exists. Chances to preserve this battlefield are few and far between and become more difficult frequently. The 22 acres … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Restoration of an 1861 Union Flag

The New Milford Historical Society in Connecticut has been spending its “closed due to Covid-19 restrictions” working on a special project inside—specifically, the restoration of a Civil War flag.

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Saving History Saturday: Marking Pittenger’s Grave

Remember William Pittenger? He was one of the Andrews’ Raiders who plunged into Georgia in April 1862 to steal a locomotive called “The General” and create havoc behind the Union lines. Unlike some of his comrades, Pittenger survived the raid … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Caution, There’s A Cannonball

This week in Frederick, Maryland, a Civil War cannonball made local news. Originally discovered near Monocacy Battlefield, it was passed among family members until the discovered that it was live and could possibly explode. The Maryland State Fire Marshals bomb squad … Continue reading

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Women & Preservation: A Chat with Stephanie Huffman about Saving Family History

Part of a Series There are many types of historic preservation, beyond saving battlefields. One preservation effort is researching and keeping artifacts and documents. Many times this is done professionally by museums and archives. Other times private collectors save and … Continue reading

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