Tag Archives: nature

“Royal” Green Among Wilderness Brown

While I love hiking battlefields as a way to better understand the history that unfolded there, I also love being out in nature. There’s so much cool stuff to see—something my father opened my eyes to as a young boy … Continue reading

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Fort Fisher vs. Mother Nature

Fort Fisher, situated between the Atlantic shore and the Cape Fear River less than twenty miles south of Wilmington, NC, was one of the last hold-outs of Confederate resistance to the Federal blockade. After a pair of attempts to capture … Continue reading

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Confederate Culture Wars: On the Lighter Side

The Virginia Department of Nature announced today that the Confederate battle flag will be removed from all trees and bushes in the Commonwealth. The battle flag on a tree could suggest that the tree is descended from a tree planted … Continue reading

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The Sounds of Spring

Here in Petersburg, Virginia we are happy to finally once more see the ground after a recent and unusual spell of endless snow and ice. With a cheered spirit I took a look into the archives to search for the … Continue reading

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A Different View of Chancellorsville

Sometimes, the coolest things I see on the battlefields have nothing to do with the Civil War. Nature is always up for offering some wonder. The challenge, of course, is leaving ourselves open to seeing it. Today, I hit the … Continue reading

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Review: “Flora and Fauna of the Civil War” by Kelby Ouchley

When I give battlefield tours, I make it a point to draw attention to the beautiful natural environments we get to enjoy while we’re out on the battlefield. I often contrast that against the horror of the events that took … Continue reading

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Preserving our Battlefields: “History” and “Nature” are not mutually exclusive

In a recent post, James Broomall spoke of a panel discussion he’ll be moderating at the upcoming conference at Gettysburg College, “The Future of Civil War History: Looking Beyond the 150th.” Jim will be focusing on the future of battlefield … Continue reading

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