Tag Archives: Brandy Station

Breaking News: New Battlefield State Park Coming to Virginia!

Breaking news today from the American Battlefield Trust and the Commonwealth of Virginia: Culpeper Battlefields State Park is set to open on July 1, 2024. Jim Campi, chief policy and communications officer at the Trust, sent a note to battlefield … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Preservation Virginia’s Most Endangered Sites Listing

May was National Historic Preservation Month, and each year Preservation Virginia puts out its list of most endangered sites. Starting in 2000, by the Preservation Alliance of Virginia, one hundred and seventy-one endangered sites have been listed. There are eleven … Continue reading

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The “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: Out Flew the Sabres

For me, writing Out Flew the Sabers with Dan Davis was an interesting experience. I had already published a 63,000-word monograph on the battle, and also wrote a detailed treatment that appeared in my book The Union Cavalry Comes of Age: … 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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Friendly Rivalries at the Brandy Station Grand Review

Rivalries between military branches are well-known (Army vs. Navy, anyone?). Throughout the Civil War, jabs between infantrymen and cavalrymen of the same armies can be found in letters, diaries, and postwar accounts of soldiers. On June 8, 1863, at the … Continue reading

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Victory for Virginia Preservation Organizations and Civil War Trust

VIRGINIA PRESERVATION ORGANIZATIONS AND CIVIL WAR TRUST SAVE UNIQUE CIVIL WAR SITE IN CULPEPER COUNTY Foundation, state agency and national nonprofit work together to protect Hansbrough’s Ridge, an unparalleled historic and natural treasure in Virginia’s picturesque Piedmont region (Brandy Station, … Continue reading

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“Honor and Glory are Before Me”: The Brief Career of George Bayard

Over the course of the last month I’ve written posts on Benjamin “Grimes” Davis and Elon J. Farnsworth. These men share a common trait: their promising careers were cut short in battle during the Gettysburg Campaign. Davis was in the … Continue reading

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A Yankee Cavalryman Remembers Fleetwood Hill

Shortly after 4:30 a.m. on June 9, 1863, Brig. Gen. John Buford’s Union cavalry division crossed the Rappahannock at Beverly Ford and engaged a Confederate brigade under Brig. Gen. William E. “Grumble” Jones. Buford’s horsemen soon gained the upper hand, … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: In the Steps of Lee to Gettysburg—Culpeper

The town of Culpeper is one of central Virginia’s most historic towns.  The area around Culpeper saw more marching, fighting and camping during the Civil War than any other area in the nation.  Its location south of the Rappahannock River … Continue reading

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The Perfect Festivus Gift!

Have you aired your grievances? Have you completed the feats of strength? Are looking you looking for the perfect Festivus gift? Look no further. Buy that special someone an early bird admission to the Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium … Continue reading

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