Tag Archives: Winchester

Maryland, My Maryland? Jefferson Davis and the Maryland Campaign of September 1862

Confederate soldiers splashing across the Potomac River in early September 1862 jubilantly bellowed out the tune “Maryland, My Maryland” as they marched into the Old Line State. Just months earlier, with the war escalating around the Confederate capital of Richmond, … Continue reading

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“Our Men Did Not Flinch”: United States Colored Troops and the Shenandoah Valley

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Jonathan Noyalas On Sunday, April 3, 1864, troops from the 19th United States Colored Troops (USCT) marched west toward Winchester, Virginia, on the Berryville Pike. The regiment, largely recruited from Maryland’s Eastern … Continue reading

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On Location: Jackson’s HQ Museum

Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters in Winchester, Virginia, doesn’t reopen for the season until April 1, but passing through town, I couldn’t resist the chance for a quick video On Location. For more information:

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In Memory of Mary Tyler Moore

Most people remember Mary Tyler Moore as one of Hollywood’s great funny ladies, and for good reason: Laura Petrie, and more recently, Mary Richards, left an indelible mark on American society. Moore’s death today at age 80 is a real … Continue reading

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Mourning a Friend

Peter Vredenburgh, Jr. died almost 130 years before I was born. And yet, as I read his letters from the Civil War, I found myself identifying with Vredenburgh and thinking of him as a close companion. Which perhaps explains why, … Continue reading

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Skeleton In The Attic

I was doing some detail photography outside my favorite historical house in Winchester, Virginia. (It’s actually modern law 0ffices, but during the 1860’s, it was the McGuire family home.) Pointing my camera lens toward the upper garret windows, I zoomed in … Continue reading

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Second Winchester: The Confederate Victory that Opened the Door to Gettysburg

Eric Wittenberg described his latest publishing project, co-written by Scott Mingus, as “thorough.” And the extensive research that went into the book—not to mention its 500-page duration—is proof of that. The Second Battle of Winchester: The Confederate Victory that Opened … Continue reading

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An Elusive Doctor at Gettysburg

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Sarah Kay Bierle. Generals oversee battles. Soldiers fight. Civilians hide. Surgeons amputate. What does a medical director do during a battle? More specifically: what did Dr. Hunter McGuire do at Gettysburg? … Continue reading

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War’s End: Remembering a Cavalry Captain

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Sarah Kay Bierle Your brother, Captain Hugh McGuire is wounded. The message branded itself into Dr. Hunter McGuire’s mind while dread twisted like a tourniquet around his heart. The situation he had … Continue reading

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Shenandoah Subordinates: David Russell’s Final Battle

Part two in a series. Finally, the days of waiting were over. For over a month, the Federals under Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan had been marching back and forth through the Shenandoah Valley in a veritable dance with Lieut. Gen. … Continue reading

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