Category Archives: Preservation

The Shared Ground of Chancellorsville and the Wilderness

Yesterday, I wrote of the Civil War Trust’s current focus on a tract of land it’s calling the Chancellorsville-Wilderness Crossroads, which saw troop movements during both battles. Separated by a year, the battles shared much of the same geography even … Continue reading

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The Chancellorsville-Wilderness Crossroads

Early May is a busy month for Civil War buffs in my neck of the woods. In 1863, the battle of Chancellorsville roared through the eastern half of the Wilderness; in 1864, the battle of the Wilderness ripped through the … Continue reading

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The Community Give in Support of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust Continues

Just a quick follow-up to yesterday’s post about the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust and their involvement with the day-long Community Give project. Because of the number of Community Give events going on nationwide, the high volume of traffic caused massive internet … Continue reading

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Help the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust

Many of us at ECW have roots or connections to the battlefields around the Fredericksburg area: Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Brandy Station. It’s no wonder, then, that the regional preservation group, the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT), has a … Continue reading

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Lee’s Headquarters at Gettysburg

On a recent trip to Gettysburg, I took the liberty of passing by Lee’s Headquarters. As many of you know, the Civil War Trust purchased the property in 2014. Restoration of the site is currently under way. The restaurant building … Continue reading

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A Forgotten Vessel: The USS Alligator

By the spring of 1861 the United States was at war with itself. Both the U.S. Army and Navy had been torn apart as those in service were forced to choose sides. Meanwhile, the newly-formed Union and self-proclaimed Confederacy scrambled … Continue reading

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Chambersburg Seminar Review

This past weekend I spoke at the Ed Bearss Civil War Seminar in Chambersburg. This is part of a series of events coordinated by Ted Alexander and the Chambersburg (Pa)  Chamber of Commerce. More info is here: http://civilwarseminars.org/. For those … Continue reading

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Civil War Trust to Celebrate 20th Annual Park Day Apr. 2

One of the most tangible ways to help with battlefield preservation is to get involved with the Civil War Trust’s annual Park Day. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Park Day, which will be held on Saturday, April 2. … Continue reading

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Duelin’ Dalton

The above picture is of the statue of “Uncle Joe” Joseph E. Johnston, of the Army of Tennessee, in downtown Dalton, Georgia. When I visited it two weeks ago I found the site much less cluttered than when I took … Continue reading

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Past and Present: The CSS Georgia

The ironclad warship was developed during the American Civil War. With its ability to withstand enemy fire, it quickly replaced the wooden ships of wars past. The CSS Georgia, built in 1862, was one such vessel. From its initial design … Continue reading

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