Category Archives: Preservation efforts

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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Work restarted on turning Goodridge-Dempwolf house into Underground Railroad Museum

William C. Goodridge was born a slave in Maryland, but became a free and prosperous business man in York, Pennsylvania, in the decades before the American Civil War. He owned a multistory emporium on York’s center square as well as … Continue reading

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Historic Fort Evans near Leesburg, Virginia

I recently had a chance to tour the privately owned Fort Evans, a Civil War fort constructed on a hilltop overlooking Leesburg, Virginia. The site is extremely well preserved and is one of the finest examples of a Vauban-style earthen … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Prescribed Fire Planned for October 30

Gettysburg National Military Park will use a technique known as a prescribed fire on October 3 to try to control the growth of invasive species and undesired woody shrubs in designated areas. It’s a control plan successfully used at Antietam … Continue reading

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Richard Sauers’ new book: Civil War Battlegrounds

Long-time Pennsylvania writer and historian Richard Sauers is well known for a number of books and magazine articles he has written, including his authoritative two-volume series on Pennsylvania’s Civil War flags, Advance the Colors. He has also worked as an … Continue reading

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One-tank trips: Confederate Memorial Chapel in Richmond VA

I was honored to receive an invitation to hold the national debut of my new book on Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith: From Virginia’s Statehouse to Gettysburg Scapegoat at the Confederate Memorial Chapel in Richmond, Va. Two of General … Continue reading

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Road trip: Cedar Mountain Battlefield in Virginia

Cedar Mountain was one of the first battles in the 1862 Northern Virginia Campaign, which culminated with the Second Battle of Manassas and the subsequent fight at Oak Hill/Chantilly.  This was the only battle in which Stonewall Jackson is known … Continue reading

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Road trip! Kenosha Civil War Museum in eastern Wisconsin: Part 2

I recently toured the Civil War Museum in Kenosha, Wisconsin, along the scenic western shore of Lake Michigan. The museum is a combination interpretive wax museum and relics/artifacts repository, as well as a learning resource and study center. Click here … Continue reading

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Antietam National Cemetery – some random photos

I recently spoke at the monthly meeting at the Sharpsburg, Maryland, Public Library, with my topic being “Human Interest Stories from Antietam.” I shared a PowerPoint deck with photos of the battlefield and told stories from my book (click here … Continue reading

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Road trip: Fort Boreman protected Parkersburg WV during the Civil War

Parkersburg, West Virginia, is located at the confluence of the Ohio River and  the Little Kanawha River. During the Civil War, Union troops constructed a small fort, known as Fort Boreman, on one of the highest points near the city. … Continue reading

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