Category Archives: Preservation

Writing the Wilderness and Reflecting

It’s 46° in Spotsylvania County, but the morning clouds have marched away and the blue-sky sun makes it feel more like sixty. To the west, another line of gray clouds hangs over the Blue Ridge Mountains like a haze of … Continue reading

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A Hidden-in-Plain-Sight Connection Between Hanover and Hampton

Several weeks ago, I began working with Thomas Seabrook, the education and programs specialist for the Hanover Tavern Foundation, on a refresh of their Civil War Trails sign. Sitting with Tom for more than an hour, we naturally thought of … Continue reading

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The Civil War Trails’ Trailblazer: Drew Gruber

Clark Kent isn’t the only one who lives a double life. Within any given day, Drew Gruber, the executive director or Civil War Trails, changes from overall-wearing post-hole digger to suit-donning organizer. “It’s not uncommon for me to be in … 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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“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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ECW Weekender: Judah P. Benjamin at Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, Florida

Tucked away, approximately 40 miles south of Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida, is the last surviving plantation house in South Florida. Situated near Ellenton, Florida, in May1865, the former Confederate political official found temporary refuge here as he eluded Federal … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 7/25-7/31/16

Do you think a fad like “Pokémon Go” is helpful or harmful to historical sites? (“Pokémon Go” is a newly released mobile game where players go looking for Pokémon on their phone, but in real world locations. Many parks and … Continue reading

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What Historians Really Do–Part 1

Elmer Ellsworth. This is the man who has been the focus of my intellectual life for over ten years, although there were times earlier that he was certainly in my sights. Who knows exactly why one person, one battle, one … Continue reading

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Discovering Your Civil War Past: V

Welcome back to our much-delayed next installment of this interactive blog series on researching your Civil War ancestor or individual soldiers of interest.

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Gettysburg: How Did They Get Here?

As I sit to compose this post, the importance of this day to Gettysburg history is not lost on me. My fingers quickly produce a cadenced clicking on the keys below them. My view beyond the screen of my laptop … Continue reading

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