Monthly Archives: April 2015

One-tank road trips: Orange County, Virginia

Orange County is located in a beautiful pastoral Piedmont region of central Virginia. Perhaps the best-known tourist attraction is Montpelier, the 2,700-acre estate and mansion of President James Madison, who played a large role in the creation of the United … Continue reading

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New book on the last year of the Civil War

150 years ago this spring the American Civil War finally ended after four years of bloodshed, turmoil, and heartaches uncountable. More than 700,000 young men lay dead, with tens of thousands more maimed, disabled, sick, or otherwise permanently incapacitated. Residents … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Last Speech is subject of new book

It was a rainy, misty mid-April night in the capital city. Crowds throughout Washington DC were celebrating the recent surrender of the leading Confederate army and its legendary leader Robert E. Lee, an event which finally signaled the impending end … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania soldier’s Civil War letters come to light

Oney Foster Sweet was a native of rural Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. While still a teenager, he enrolled in the Union army in the 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery (43rd Pennsylvania Volunteers), Battery F. Popularly known as “Ricketts’ Battery” for its commander … Continue reading

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The Madman and the Assassin: The Strange Life of Boston Corbett, the Man who Killed John Wilkes Booth

April 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the Abraham Lincoln assassination. As such, several new books are now in print remembering various aspects of the tragedy. Among them is The Madman and the Assassin: The Strange Life of Boston Corbett, … Continue reading

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York County soldier was at Appomattox; saw General Lee

Thousands of men from York County served in the Union army (and a handful in the Confederate army) during the American Civil War. Only a handful, however, ever recorded seeing legendary Confederate General Robert E. Lee in person. One hundred … Continue reading

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New booklet on JEB Stuart’s Ride through York County

A couple of years ago, I wrote a series of blog posts (the “In the Footsteps of J.E.B. Stuart” series) on the damage claims York County farmers filed after the Civil War for horses, supplies, and personal goods taken by … Continue reading

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