Category Archives: Preservation

Saving History Saturday: The Plank Farm at Gettysburg Has Been Saved

Just this week, the American Battlefield Trust and the Land Conservancy of Adams County announced they have officially saved the 143-acre Plank Farm at Gettysburg. Over the course of the three-day battle in July 1863, troops of both armies moved … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: “Buyers Want A Story”

This week two articles appeared in the Washington Post, reporting on the value of historic homes and how some home buyers are anxious to own a architectural piece of the past. This is particularly true in American cities with Colonial, … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Help the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association Save 17 Acres at Camp Letterman

While the majority of the Gettysburg battlefield has been preserved, much of the Camp Letterman General Hospital – the site of the first general hospital placed on a Civil War battlefield – has been consistently under threat to development. Camp … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Civil War Ordnance Found In South Carolina and Missouri

Occasionally, the news of discovered unexploded ordnance from the Civil War appears in the headlines, reminding Americans that Civil War history is still being uncovered. Remarkably, multiple pieces of ordnance were discovered in two states just recently. In Folly Beach, … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: History Versus Hurricanes

Just days ago, eyes were glued to national news as Hurricane Dorian set its target on the Bahamas and the southeastern seaboard. A Category 5, Dorian wreaked havoc, destroying not only property and infrastructure, but the lives of millions. Fortunately, … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: American Battlefield Trust Saves 145 Acres at Second Manassas and Kelly’s Ford

Just as we commemorate the 157th anniversary of Second Manassas, the American Battlefield Trust has announced their latest preservation victory – 145 acres saved at both Second Manassas and Kelly’s Ford battlefields. According to the Trust, the tracts of land … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Allstadt’s Corner Site Officially Transferred to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

On August 17, 2019, a momentous occasion occurred at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. That day, the American Battlefield Trust officially transferred the Allstadt’s Corner property to the park. Totaling 13 acres in size, the property transfer included the historic … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Headstone from Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence Discovered

Deep within a forest in Lecompton, Kansas, two large 19th-century headstones were discovered. One is believed to be of a man killed in Missouri guerrilla Capt. William Quantrill’s infamous Raid on Lawrence, Kansas in 1863.

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A Conversation with CVBT’s New Executive Director (conclusion)

(part four of four) Terry Rensel is not only the new executive director of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT), he’s also one of my closest friends. I’ve been talking with him about his recent move to Virginia and his … Continue reading

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A Conversation with CVBT’s New Executive Director (part three)

(part three of four) I’ve been talking this week with Terry Rensel, the new executive director of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust. He also serves on the editorial board for ECW’s blog. Terry came to his historical adventures by a … Continue reading

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