Tag Archives: Stafford County

Civil War Cooking: “There Were Yet Left Some Good Things in Old Virginia”

This historic menu had been on my goal list since finding it in 2020! Recorded in Private William McCarter’s memoirs about his service in the 116th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment (Union Irish Brigade), the menu is semi-complicated, and the history surrounding … Continue reading

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April 2022 Maine at War posts

In April 2022 my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from a suspected murder to Baltimore Unionists who befriended a Maine regiment passing through while en route to the war. April 6, 2022: Augusta CSI pursues a soldier’s killer … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Civil War Graffiti To Be Relocated

Earlier this week, it was reported that Stafford County’s Board of Supervisors (Virginia) accepted an offer to relocate Civil War graffiti which dates to the winter of 1862-1863. The original location is Buzzards’ Roost and Union soldiers carved their names … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: The White Oak Civil War Museum and Stafford Research Center

Countless museums dot the Virginia countryside. Their sizes vary from the impressive National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle to the quaint Weems-Botts Museum in Dumfires. One museum, thoug,h has always stood out to me as being the perfect mix … Continue reading

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The Rebirth of the Army of the Potomac (part three)

Part three of a series. Camp Health and Winter Huts Camp health and cleanliness was also a major concern. Most of the enlisted men spent their winters in small huts, reminiscent of those used by Washington’s Army at Valley Forge. … Continue reading

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In Memory of Al Conner, Jr.

The shady glen look like something out of Middle-Earth: ferns cluster in small patches on the sun-dappled forest floor and piles of lichen-covered rocks sit half-submerged in the ground. A lightly mulched path winds among the trees and among the … Continue reading

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“Seizing Destiny” looks at the Valley Forge of the Army of the Potomac

Author Albert Conner found inspiration for his new book in the usually forgotten transitional period between two well-known battles. It’s an unconventional approach among typically battle-focused Civil War scholarship. But that forgotten history, Conner contends, was one of the most transformational … Continue reading

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Top 15 Posts of 2013—Number 13: Repatriating Court Documents Stolen from Stafford Courthouse, Virginia, by Union Troops in 1862

Guest post by George H. Bresnick, director of the H. Stanley Bresnick Foundation The countryside around Stafford, Virginia, was devastated by the occupation forces of the Union Army in November, 1862. So severe was the physical damage and the loss of population … Continue reading

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Repatriating Court Documents Stolen from Stafford Courthouse, Virginia, by Union Troops in 1862

Guest post by George H. Bresnick, director of the H. Stanley Bresnick Foundation The countryside around Stafford, Virginia, was devastated by the occupation forces of the Union Army in November, 1862. So severe was the physical damage and the loss of population … Continue reading

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Winter Responsibility

Throughout the winter of 1862 and into 1863, the Army of the Potomac slept. These cold months spent in Stafford County were not without activity. On February 6, 1863 new commander Joseph Hooker issued a General Order consolidating his various … Continue reading

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