Tag Archives: Interpretation

Uniform & Medal Presented To Civil War Veteran’s Home In Southern California

In Southern California, a special presentation by Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War helps to ensure historical discussion about a Civil War soldier and medal of honor recipient who lived the later part of his life in Fallbrook, … Continue reading

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A Historian Stops Being A Historian When…

When I first picked up James McDonough’s 2016 William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country, A Life, some of the first words I read jumped off the pages immediately. McDonough, a seasoned historian and author of five previous Civil … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Dave Ruth, Richmond’s Retiring Superintendent (part five)

(part five of five) We conclude today my interview with Dave Ruth, who starts 2018 as the former superintendent of Richmond National Battlefield. Dave retired at the beginning of this week after a 44-year career with the National Park Service, … Continue reading

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The Straight Poop: Pushing Interpretive Boundaries

If you follow Civil War Trails on Facebook you may have seen a recent post about poop. Yes. It’s true. I hesitated making the initial post for a few days. I even checked with some of my board members to … Continue reading

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The Future of Civil War History: Phill Greenwalt

The recent edition of Kent State University’s journal Civil War History posed the question, “What is the future of Civil War history?” Some of the leading historians of the era, both in academia and in public history, pitched in with … Continue reading

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Interpretation vs Stewardship: A Conundrum at the Jackson Shrine

Death Day at the Stonewall Jackson Shrine—May 10—always brings out some colorful characters, which is one of the reasons I enjoy working there so much on the anniversary of Jackson’s death. This year it was no different. A fellow showed … Continue reading

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