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Third Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge

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Coal from Confederate Santa, Christmas 1864

December 25, 1864 was greeted throughout the south without much of the joy and celebration that typically marks the Christmas season. Confederate armies were on the retreat from lost strongholds or huddled behind the cold, earthen walls that protected the … Continue reading

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General John Martindale: Genesee’s Forgotten General

I was recently asked to participate in a ghost walk to benefit the Historic Batavia Cemetery in Batavia, NY. Knowing as they do my interest in the Civil War, I was asked to portray Gen. John H. Martindale. The name … Continue reading

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November-December Presentations

November: 7th: Chris Kolakowski “1865: An End and a Beginning,” Waynesboro Public Library, Waynesboro VA 7th: Chris Mackowski: “Grant’s Last Battle: The Story Behind the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant,” Loudoun County Public Library, Leesburg, VA. 11th: Daniel T. Davis … Continue reading

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Name Change for A.P. Hill Elementary School?

Ambrose Powell Hill has a secure enough legacy. The general is buried under his own monument which towers above the Hermitage-Labernum intersection in Richmond, placed there by major-turned-developer Lewis Ginter to promote a new residential neighborhood. Three markers denote where … Continue reading

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Review: “The First Battle for Petersburg: The Attack and Defense of the Cockade City, June 9, 1864”

The First Battle for Petersburg: The Attack and Defense of the Cockade City, June 9, 1864, by William Glenn Robertson. (Savas Beatie: 2015). 3 pages preface, 147 pages main text, Appendix 1: Federal Order of Battle, Appendix 2: Confederate Order … Continue reading

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The Mud Creek Line-Remembering What the Soldiers Forgot

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Bobby Novak When one thinks about 1864, the cities of Petersburg, Richmond, and Atlanta all come to mind, capped by Sherman’s March to the Sea. The battles for Atlanta happened nearly right … Continue reading

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Battle of Blandford

On April 25,  approximately 2,500 smartly dressed but campaign worn uniformed invaders  attacked Virginians defending their homes and hearths around Petersburg, Virginia. One would suspect that the next few sentences would talk about the latest Union excursion against their Southern counterparts … Continue reading

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Visiting Pamplin Park on the Road to Appomattox

For anyone following Lee’s retreat and Grant’s pursuit this week, be sure to start your run at Pamplin Park, where Federal troops first broke the Confederate line. While the anniversary of the breakthrough was April 2, it’s worth a stop … Continue reading

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What Did They Know?

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Dwight Hughes When considering historical events, it is too easy to wonder, given what happened, why in the world our ancestors did what they did. But we must remember that they … Continue reading

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