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ECW Weekender: High Ground Park (Fort Higley)

Have you heard of High Ground Park in Knoxville, Tennessee? You’ll definitely want to add it to your list of must-see Civil War site near that city. It’s a well-preserved and interpreted tract of thirty-nine acres which also serves as … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 11/26-12-2/18

Let’s talk about trenches and earthworks from the Civil War… Do you have a favorite place to study/see these remnants from the conflict? Have you been involved in any efforts to save these formations of history?

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Discovering Long Lost Earthworks

I spent many summer vacation evenings during high school playing baseball in my friend Scott’s backyard. The field had tiny dimension so we used a wiffle bat and wrapped duct tape around a wad of cotton for the ball. Hitting … Continue reading

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Lee’s Curious Order at North Anna

Reading primary sources is an especially fun part of researching a book. Not only is it interesting to read other people’s mail, as a once-upon-a-time radio newscaster, I’m always on the lookout for great “soundbites”—those great lines or pieces of … Continue reading

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Walking the Exposed Federal Line at Reams Station

Key to the Union failure at Reams Station is the poor tactical position they assumed around the tracks of the Weldon Railroad. This morning’s piece by Ryan Quint explores the previous exhaustive campaigning experienced by the Second Corps of the … Continue reading

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Palmetto Sentinels

The spring rainfall has covered the central Virginia forests with a lush vegetation that unfortunately obscures many of the physical features that define a battlefield. In attempt to restore some of these viewsheds, I undertook a recent project to clear some … Continue reading

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My Own Spotsy Battlefield

Not many people get to own a piece of battlefield, but last month, I was fortunate enough to marry into a family that does. And it wasn’t just any battlefield—it’s the battlefield I am best acquainted with and most deeply … Continue reading

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