Category Civil War Sites

The Battle of Fredericksburg 156 Years Later

Journalist Ted Schubel posted a couple of short video excerpts from tours at Fredericksburg featuring National Park Service stars John Hennessy and Frank O’Reilly. Here’s John Hennessy talking about the Federal artillery bombardment of the city: “December 11, 1862 in Fredericksburg. The first bombardment of an American town by an American Army. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania […]

2018 Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College Day Four

Monday, June 25, 2018 was a day for our full tours. Dennis Frye, formerly of the Harpers Ferry Historical Site, led the “In the Footsteps of John Brown” tour. Ranger John Hennessy of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and Professor Brooks Simpson of Arizona State University co-led the “Second Manassas” tour. Garry Adelman […]

American Civil War Museum Annual Symposium, Part 5

Here’s Professor Pete Carmichael of Gettysburg College addressing the 2018 American Civil War Museum Symposium at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. He’s speaking about common soldiers in the war, and his presentation is, as always, terrific.

153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Cool Spring

Yesterday, July 15, 2017, I was back in the Old Dominion, always a great thing, to attend the commemoration of the 153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Cool Spring. You’re forgiven if you’ve never heard of this battle. It doesn’t always get brought up in discussions of the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign, and usually if […]

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 […]