Category Civil War Sites

Franklin County Historical Society Teaches Myth

On Saturday, April 29, 2017 I visited Chambersburg, PA for their special History Day, where a number of sites of historical importance were open with free admission. I first visited Mary Ritner’s Boarding House, which is the house John Brown used to plan his Harper’s Ferry Raid. The house has some really good artifacts and […]

Doors Open Gettysburg

Saturday, May 7, 2016 was Doors Open Gettysburg day at the Gettysburg National Military Park. Map here. Seven places normally closed to the public were open for viewing. I started off at the Josiah Benner Farm. This, of course, was where Francis Barlow was taken after his wounding. Several artillery shells struck the house during the […]

About the American Civil War Museum

Here’s a podcast interview with Wait Rawls III, the Co-CEO of the American Civil War Museum talking about the museum and its collection. This is an excellent interview. You can access it here.

Joshua’s Marker

Virginia recently placed a marker to Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain to mark the spot where he was wounded and then later promoted to brigadier general because it was thought he was so grievously wounded he couldn’t survive. Now comes word the State will move the marker. Dennis Rasbach, a surgeon from Michigan, was researching an ancestor […]

Andersonville Prison Commemoration

On Saturday, September 19, C-SPAN 3 aired a commemoration of Andersonville POW Camp. Eric Leonard did a great job to kick things off, telling the camp’s story and fielding phone calls. Professor Lesley Gordon spoke about the experience of the prisoners from the 16th Connecticut and fielded calls at the end as well. The video’s […]

2015 Civil War Institute Tour of the Autumn 1864 Battles Outside Richmond & the Fall of Richmond

This June 23 tour was led by Robert E. Lee “Bobby” Krick of the National Park Service. Bobby, an eminent historian in his own right, is the son of noted historian Robert K. Krick. We stopped at a spot Bobby believes is the place Lincoln reviewed the Army of the James, and where Mary Lincoln […]

2015 Civil War Institute Tour of Petersburg

On Monday, June 22 I was part of Wil Greene’s tour of sites related to the Petersburg Campaign. He calls it a campaign and not a siege, because the Federals didn’t dig any regular approaches, except for a 6-day period, and because the confederates were never surrounded. He started with a brief recap of the […]