Tag Archives: Preservation

Saving History Saturday: Civil War Recruitment Flag

The Ellicottville Historical Society has had a mystery and material preservation task on their hands. And it involves a flag from the Civil War era! The preservation saga began in October 2018 with the question: “Would you like your flag … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Growing Youth Involvement in Preservation

For those who follow the social media accounts of the American Battlefield Trust, you may have seen the recent posts featuring their Youth Leadership Team (YLT). Made up of ten motivated, preservation-minded high school students from across the country, the … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Yuletide in Dixie: Slavery, Christmas, and Southern Memory”

“Slavery, slavery, slavery! All this talk about slavery is spoiling the Old South Plantation Christmas celebrations!” Or so might Miss Scarlett complain. Robert E. May’s latest book, Yuletide in Dixie, is focused clearly on the irony of two competing mythologies concerning … Continue reading

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CVBT Announces A Preservation Victory Along Brock Road

Earlier this week, Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT) announced a preservation victory at Spotsylvania, along historic Brock Road. 14.4 acres which had been zoned for residential properties can now be preserved and restored to their 1864 appearance to tell the … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: History Versus Hurricanes

Just days ago, eyes were glued to national news as Hurricane Dorian set its target on the Bahamas and the southeastern seaboard. A Category 5, Dorian wreaked havoc, destroying not only property and infrastructure, but the lives of millions. Fortunately, … Continue reading

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Yellowhammers and Environmentalism: Following the Path of Law’s Alabama Brigade to Gettysburg.

This post continues my story of following Law’s Brigade and delves into the unit’s background. Joe Loehle and I were at our starting off point, Raccoon Ford, where the area had layers of historical depth. We were where Evander McIver … Continue reading

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A Conversation with CVBT’s New Executive Director (conclusion)

(part four of four) Terry Rensel is not only the new executive director of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT), he’s also one of my closest friends. I’ve been talking with him about his recent move to Virginia and his … Continue reading

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A Conversation with CVBT’s New Executive Director (part two)

(part two of four) I’m chatting this week with my good friend, Terry Rensel, who’s been hired as the new executive director of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT). CVBT, one of the country’s premier regional preservation organizations, focuses on … Continue reading

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A Conversation with CVBT’s New Executive Director (part one)

(part one of four) In early July, the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT) hired a new executive director, Terry Rensel. Terry is not only an ECWer—he serves on the blog’s editorial board—he’s been one of my best friends for thirty … Continue reading

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Yellowhammers and Environmentalism: The Drive To Raccoon Ford & Getting Ready For Gettysburg

In 2002 the historical interpretation unit I belonged to, The Southern Guard, was volunteering for a “living-history” program at Gettysburg National Military Park, portraying the 4th Alabama Infantry of Evander McIver Law’s famed brigade that was in John Bell Hood’s … Continue reading

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