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Fredericksburg Luminaria 2022

After a COVID-related hiatus of a couple years, the annual Memorial Day Luminaria at Fredericksburg National Cemetery returned last night.

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A Personal Remembrance from Fredericksburg’s Luminaria

I’ve just returned from Fredericksburg National Cemetery’s annual Luminaria, a stirring and inspiring commemoration event. I’ll have a couple photos to share tomorrow morning. On a personal level, the Luminaria was always an opportunity to see my friend Jon Maiellano … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Fredericksburg National Cemetery Luminaria

Some ECW authors had a moment of memory and nostalgia a few weeks ago when Fredericksburg National Cemetery’s Luminaria came up in conversation. A few had early public history experiences planning or helping with that event!

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In Memory of ECW’s Friend Jon Maiellano

I heard on Wednesday that 1 in 500 Americans have died of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, a startling statistic that brought to mind Joseph Stalin’s infamous alleged quote, “a single death is a tragedy, a million deaths … Continue reading

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“On the Heights”: The Field Hospital at Brompton in May 1864

The wagons rolling into Fredericksburg never seemed to stop. Mary Caldwell, an inhabitant of the town, wrote in her diary, “The road near the fair grounds seems to be literally covered.”[1] They were filled with broken and bloodied bodies, the … Continue reading

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Deer Discovery Atop Marye’s Heights

Every so often, I am reminded in the most delightful of ways that the battlefields we love are not just historic sites but habitats. The other day, my 3.5-year-old son Maxwell and I were walking along the top of Marye’s … Continue reading

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Two Terraced Cemeteries

There is a terraced cemetery overlooking Fredericksburg, Virginia. Over 15,000 U.S. personnel are buried there, making it one of the largest cemeteries outside of Arlington in the National Cemetery System. Many of the men on that hill died trying to … Continue reading

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Where Valor Proudly Sleeps (part two)

(part two of two) When Don Pfanz first began researching the history of the Fredericksburg National Cemetery, he compiled it into a report from Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. That’s where I first came across Don’s work, years ago. … Continue reading

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Where Valor Proudly Sleeps (part one)

(part one of two) We’ve spent a lot of time and attention on Turning Points of the Civil War lately. Our first book in the Engaging the Civil War Series, published in cooperation with Southern Illinois University Press, tied into … Continue reading

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Memorial Day in Rural Maine

The trip up to Greenbush, Maine, along U.S. Route 2 parallels the east bank of the Penobscot River. The river in places gets to be half a mile or more from the road, and in other places, it’s right along … Continue reading

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