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Battlefield Markers & Monuments: Yorktown Monument – A Victim of Another War

It was early in the war, in the spring of 1862 when the armies converged on Yorktown, Virginia.  The fact that many had not yet seen combat and been hardened to the realities of war, combined with the surge of … Continue reading

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Lost Opportunities in the Army of the Potomac—A Pair of Examples

Army management is a complicated skill in which the personality and temperament of commanders influence the inner workings and culture of the organization. The Union had no army which was as political, and influenced by outside politics, as its primary … Continue reading

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The Ghosts of Crimea Before Richmond

When judging Civil War leaders, we sometimes look at them in isolation of a period or event, forgetting that they always act in accordance with the sum of their knowledge and experience to date. But remembering what has gone before … Continue reading

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Mercer’s Grenadier Militia

  Emerging Revolutionary War and Revolutionary War Wednesday is pleased to welcome back guest historian Drew Gruber. Part 1 When we think about American militia during the Revolutionary War, the image of an untrained rifle-toting citizen turned soldier comes to … Continue reading

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ERW Weekender – Yorktown

  Rev War Wednesday and Emerging Revolutionary War is pleased to welcome guest historian Kate Gruber.  Let me guess– you are a Rev War Nerd who is the best friend of/dating/married to a Civil War Nut. I recognize the symptoms. … Continue reading

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“Our clocks are slow” L’Hermione, Lafayette and the Franco-American Alliance

With the visit of the L’Hermione to the east coast of the United States this summer, there has been a heightened interest in the Franco-American alliance that won the American Revolution.  The French rebuilt the L’Hermione not only for its … Continue reading

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Fashion in the Historic Triangle

When one heads to the Historic Triangle of Jamestown-Williamsburg-Yorktown, Virginia becoming immersed in early American History is almost a given. At the same time, when one is looking for fashion in the area, the Premium Outlets in Williamsburg would usually … Continue reading

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Williamsburg’s Dividing Line

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Drew Gruber. As Rockefeller’s team began the great restoration of Williamsburg to its appearance in the colonial era, most of the town’s newer structures were razed. However, 88 original 18th century … Continue reading

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George Washington Remembers

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Bert Dunkerly. General George Washington looks back at us from marble statues or stiff paintings with a grim-faced and determined look. Known for his dignity, resolve, and sound leadership, he seems cold … Continue reading

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Fort Pocahontas

When I stopped at Jamestown, Virginia over the weekend, I expected to find Pocahontas—but to my surprise, I found Fort Pocahontas, too. Just outside the Jamestown colony’s original triangle fort, to the west of the rebuilt palisade, a line of … Continue reading

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