Tag Archives: New Market Battlefield

What I Learned Watching Two Dogs On A Battlefield

Over Thanksgiving weekend, my adopted aunt wanted a personal tour of New Market Battlefield in the Shenandoah Valley, and I was pleased to share one of my favorite historic sites with her. This battlefield tour walk was a little different … Continue reading

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The “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: Call Out The Cadets

Why New Market? Why another book about the battle fought on May 15, 1864, in the Shenandoah Valley as Union soldiers once more tried to secure a strategic position and a scrambled together force of Confederate troops fought to prevent … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: 52 Acres To Preserve at New Market

Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation (SVBF) is working to preserve 52 acres at New Market battlefield. Located along the historic Valley Pike, this land is where Confederate artillery—include the Virginia Military Institute Cadet Battery—rolled into position and turned back a Federal … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: New Market Battle Anniversary Tours 2021

I’ve answered the question a few times now on Zoom meetings: “What’s happening for the Battle of New Market anniversary?” Well, good news for events in the town of New Market! Both SVBF and the Virginia Museum of the Civil … Continue reading

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Moving Memory: Virginia Military Institute’s Stonewall Jackson Statue

The boy who became the sculptor stood guard over the dead general’s casket. We don’t know if he ever saw him alive, though it is possible their paths may have crossed on a spring day in Richmond when the Civil … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Virginia Museum of the Civil War’s Art Gallery

I enjoy visiting art museums and galleries, especially if historical art is displayed! The Virginia Civil War Museum at New Market has The Robert Raeburn, VMI 1951, Civil War Art Gallery—a splendid collection of unique Civil War art, including some … Continue reading

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Lost Shoes: A Historical Perspective

Missing shoes. Symbols of a hurried movement or a panic. Symbols left behind when the person has vanished suddenly from the scene. In Civil War history, lost shoes are often associated with New Market’s battlefield even though it was not … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Caroline Janney (part two)

(part two of four) As part of our Women’s History Month commemoration, we’re talking this week with Dr. Caroline Janney, professor, author, and past president of the Society of Civil War Historians. Janney has spent a good deal of her … Continue reading

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Modern Photography: Battlefield Cannons

During my battlefield trips, I enjoying taking the “classic” cannon photos. Though serene battlefield markers today, these artillery pieces caused fearsome destruction during the Civil War.

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“Put the boys in, and may God forgive me for the order.”

They were merely boys, some just old enough to shave for the first time. The youngest was 15, the oldest 24. General John Cabell Breckenridge was adamant: the “boys” from the Virginia Military Institute would only be used as reinforcements … Continue reading

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