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ECW Weekender: Hiking Up Sitlington Hill at McDowell Battlefield

The battle of McDowell, fought on May 8, 1862, marks a turning point in “Stonewall” Jackson’s Valley Campaign as he began to re-launch offensive movements to defend the Shenandoah Valley. After his defeat at Kernstown in March, Jackson had retreated … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Hiking at Newport News Park

At the beginning of March while the weather was still chilly enough to keep the bugs and snakes at bay, I spent a day on the Virginia Peninsula around Yorktown, exploring Civil War sites and a few miles of earthworks. … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Hiking at Bentonville Battlefield

In mid-February some work travels took me to the Carolinas, and I decided to take a stretch break at Bentonville Battlefield in North Carolina. After exploring the welcoming visitor center and getting a map, I headed out on the trails. … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: The Morning Attack Trails at Cedar Creek Battlefield

Autumn is just around the corner, and before we know it, it will be the perfect weather for a drive to (or just through) Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. It’s reported that peak leaf colors will likely be around October 11 this … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Massanutten Mountain Storybook Trail

If you blink, you’ll miss the turn-off and the sign for “Chrisman Hollow Road” at the very top of New Market Gap in Massanutten Mountain in the Virginian Shenandoah Valley. But if you make the turn to the north and … Continue reading

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Gordon’s Flank Attack Trail (Wilderness Battlefield)

Inspired by Chris Mackowski’s “virtual tour” of the Chancellorsville History Trail on the blog in 2020, I’m inviting you to “take a hike” on the Gordon Flank Attack Trail on The Wilderness Battlefield on this battle anniversary day. The trail … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Montpelier Civil War Trail

Last weekend while there was still snow on the ground and trails, it seemed like the perfect wintry day to explore another Civil War camp in Central Virginia. Located just across from the entrance to James Madison’s Montpelier and about … Continue reading

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Reams Station Trail Map

Tomorrow marks the 154th anniversary of the Battle of Reams Station. The Union Fifth Corps cut the Petersburg & Weldon Railroad on August 18, 1864, and Confederate counteroffensives failed to drive them off the position. While Gouverneur Warren’s men built … Continue reading

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