Tag Archives: Richmond National Battlefield Park

Fort Harrison Trail Map

One hundred and fifty four years ago, Union soldiers clambered over the earthen walls of Richmond’s outer defense line. The Army of the James succeeding in capturing Fort Harrison but suffered heavy losses in the assault, particularly among its leadership. … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Cold Harbor Battlefield Park

Many visitors to the Cold Harbor battlefield expect to see the infamous ground of the failed Union assault on June 3, 1864. Unfortunately much of that land is publicly inaccessibly, though the National Park Service interprets a portion where the … 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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A Conversation with Dave Ruth, Richmond’s Retiring Superintendent (part four)

(part four of five) Earlier this week, Dave Ruth retired as superintendent of Richmond National Battlefield—a national park that preserves stories from Civil War campaigns in both the 1862 and 1864. But as Dave explains today, the park’s layers of … Continue reading

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

(part three of five) I’ve been talking with Dave Ruth, who retired this week as superintendent of Richmond National Battlefield after serving there for 26 years. During yesterday’s segment of my conversation with Dave, we talked about the important preservation … Continue reading

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

(part one of five) I recently heard Dave Ruth described as “the last of the great, old-guard superintendents.” For more than thirty years, Dave has made Richmond National Battlefield his life’s work, overseeing the park’s growth from 754 acres to … Continue reading

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On Location: At Beaver Dam Creek with Author Doug Crenshaw

My adventures On Location at the Richmond-area battlefields continue. I’m hanging out with Doug Crenshaw, author of the upcoming ECWS book Richmond Shall Not Be Given Up: The Seven Days Battles. We stopped by Beaver Dam Creek, where Doug has … Continue reading

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A Day with the Seven Days

This past week, I had the distinct treat of spending a day on the Seven Days battlefields with Doug Crenshaw, author of the upcoming Emerging Civil War Series title Richmond Shall Not Be Given Up! The Seven Days Battles (look for it … Continue reading

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A(nother) Word on Behalf of Preservation from the Banks of the North Anna River

The battlefield along the North Anna River remains one of the most beautiful gems in Virginia. Had I not known better, though, a recent stop on the battlefield might have made me think the war had only recently swept through. … Continue reading

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Tracking Down the Wounding of Joe Johnston

We are pleased to welcome back guest author Doug Crenshaw, who shares with us today a bit of original research. It’s something that has puzzled me for years. The wounding of Joe Johnston was an event that changed the course … Continue reading

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