Category Civil War Sites

2017 Civil War Institute Day Four

Today was battlefield tour day. I was on the Cedar Mountain tour with Ranger Greg Mertz, the supervisory historian at the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Battlefield Park. Check out the link for information on the battle and for battle maps. More information here. Cedar Mountain took place on August 9, 1862. Here are some views of Cedar […]

More on Chancellorsville

For those of you looking for more information on the Battle of Chancellorsville, this is your lucky day: The Civil War Battle Series: Chancellorsville This is Dr. Mark DePue, historian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, giving a presentation on the battle. The video’s description reads: “When Union forces clashed with a much […]

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 […]