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Firing the First Shot: George James Begins the Civil War

His watch in hand, Capt. George James followed the seconds tick towards 4:30 a.m. He had a deadline to meet. It was one he surely was not going to miss. No doubt, the weight of the moment rested heavily on … Continue reading

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Preservation News: South Mountain Battlefield at the Center of Controversial Proposal

On September 14, 1862, portions of the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia dueled for possession of three passes through South Mountain in Maryland. A Federal victory, both sides together lost around five thousand casualties in … Continue reading

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Was Lee’s “Lost Order” a Turning Point? (part three)

(part three of three) What exactly the Lost Order told McClellan has been the subject of much heated debate and controversy almost from the moment he glanced its contents. From an intelligence standpoint, the Lost Order was important to McClellan, … Continue reading

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Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 14, 1862

From 9 a.m. until the sun set behind the hills, the day-long Battle of South Mountain raged. Federal troops first struck up the mountain at Fox’s Gap. By the end of 13 hours of fighting, the motley assortment of Confederate … Continue reading

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Symposium Keynote Speaker Brian Matthew Jordan

We are pleased this year to welcome Dr. Brian Matthew Jordan as the keynote speaker for our Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge. Last April, the Pulitzer committee listed Brian’s fantastic book Marching Home: Union Veterans and … Continue reading

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“The General Result Was In Our Favor”: The Army of Potomac’s Victory at Antietam

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Kevin Pawlak Fortunately, for the sake of debate, the outcome of Civil War battles is not as clear-cut as that of a football game, where one can look at the scoreboard at … Continue reading

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