Category Archives: Battlefields

York soldier wrote home from the Gettysburg battlefield

A Union artillery battery rumbles into position on the Gettysburg battlefield in this Scott Mingus photograph of a section of the Gettysburg Cyclorama. The Rudisills remain one of the longstanding families in York County, Pennsylvania, dating back to the 18th … Continue reading

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Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park near Strasburg, Va.: Part 2

In Part 1 of this two-part Cannonball blog entry (sponsored by the York Daily Record newspaper), we will go inside the Hupp’s Hill Cedar Creek Museum. The site is just north of Strasburg, Virginia, alongside U.S. Route 11 (the old … Continue reading

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Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park near Strasburg, Va.: Part 1

On my way to a speaking engagement on “The Northern Central Railway in the Civil War” at the Civil War Institute at James Madison University, I stopped by the small, but interesting Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park just north of … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Announces July 1-3 Battle Anniversary Events on the Battlefield

Gettysburg National Military Park will commemorate the 152nd Anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, with a variety of free ranger guided programs that examine the people, places, and events that made the three day battle a turning point … Continue reading

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Gettysburg’s summer programs begin June 6

Gettysburg, Pa. (May 13, 2015) –Gettysburg National Military Park’s free summer interpretive program series begins on June 6 and offers visitors a chance to learn about the Battle of Gettysburg, care of the wounded, the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, President Lincoln’s … Continue reading

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150th Anniversary Events at Appomattox Courthouse

Actors portraying Lee and Grant in the McLean House during the making of the park’s new film (to be released for the 150th in April, 2015). Aperture Films The sesquicentennial at the Park will be centered around real time commemorative … Continue reading

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Gettysburg National Military Park / Eisenhower 2015 Calendar of Events

Katie Lawhon of the National Park Service has announced the most current calendar of events at Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site for the remainder of 2015. All events are free and open to the public … Continue reading

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Campaign to save the Hoke House, which was a Confederate campsite

The Hoke House is a familiar sight to the thousands of people who travel on PA Route 116 through Spring Grove, Pa. each day. Situated at the traffic circle, it has served as a tavern (dating back to the American … Continue reading

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York County’s Civil War questions: Part 1

During my book signings and lectures on York County’s Civil War history, I am frequently asked questions about various topics. Most of them are straight forward and I have a ready answer; a few are trickier to answer without researching … Continue reading

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Some images of the Gettysburg Cyclorama

I was given a free ticket to the Gettysburg Cyclorama in my goodie bag last summer from the National Park Service as a thank you for speaking at the Sacred Trust portion of the 150th anniversary of the battle of … Continue reading

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