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Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Bricks from Brig. Gen. W. H. L. Wallace house for sale

It comes with a brass identification plaque and a letter verifying its authenticity.

By Linda Wheeler  |  09:42 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 01/25/2014

Live oaks to honor South Carolina soldiers

Horry County has begun an ambitious project to pair trees with Civil War soldiers from the county.

By Linda Wheeler  |  10:50 AM ET, 01/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 01/17/2014

New museum name embraces the total Civil War experience

The American Civil War Museum is the name for the future institution.

By Linda Wheeler  |  02:17 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Alexandria considers repeal of law that requires Confederate street names

The 1963 law requires that, when possible, any new north-south street be named for Confederate military leaders.

By Linda Wheeler  |  06:04 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 01/10/2014

President Lincoln’s Cottage displays briefcase, photo album

Lincoln used the briefcase to carry his papers between the White House and his summer residence.

By Linda Wheeler  |  05:54 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Two Virginia guerrilla fighters to be commemorated Saturday

Col. John S. Mosby’s Loudoun Heights Raid and John W. Mobberly will be the focus of the events.

By Linda Wheeler  |  05:54 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Civil War Trust says 2,700 acres saved last year

The nonprofit was able to protect from development 2,738 acres at 30 individual battlefields in 10 states.

By Linda Wheeler  |  01:52 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 01/02/2014

Kentucky recruiting camp for black soldiers to get plaque marking historic landmark designation

Camp Nelson has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

By Linda Wheeler  |  05:53 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 12/30/2013

McDonnell’s budget has $11 million for slave history site

The funding is for the planning, design and construction of a proposed slavery museum, pavilion and enhanced slave trail.

By Linda Wheeler  |  03:00 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Four more acres saved at Harpers Ferry

Purchase near Harpers Ferry National Historical Park preserves land near park’s west entrance.

By Linda Wheeler  |  03:05 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 11/27/2013

New push to save two Tenn. battlefields

The land targeted this time is on the Chattanooga and Rappahannock Station battlefields.

By Linda Wheeler  |  11:22 AM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 11/22/2013

Battlefield house basement yields war artifacts

Dig at Lotz House in Franklin, Tenn., reveals artifacts from Civil War battle, life during that era.

By Linda Wheeler  |  12:18 PM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 11/15/2013

Apology for Gettysburg Address remarks 150 years later

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa.,apologizes for the less-than-stellar review it gave iconic speech.

By Linda Wheeler  |  01:23 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 11/14/2013

Virginia court records taken during Civil War return home

George Bresnick found the papers in a neighbor’s attic trunk and researched their origin.

By Linda Wheeler  |  03:49 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 11/14/2013

Report: Man charged after firing unloaded Civil War cannon

AP reports that the upstate New York man was charged with harassing his neighbors.

By Linda Wheeler  |  02:13 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 11/13/2013

Civil War Trust unveils Gettysburg Address Web site

The site brings together not just the facts of the event but some interesting tidbits of history as well.

By Linda Wheeler  |  02:19 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 11/01/2013

Overnight 27-mile hike to honor battle dead in W.Va.

Officials at Droop Mountain Battlefield park are looking for a few hardy souls to re-create march up mountainside.

By Linda Wheeler  |  06:19 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Obama will not attend Gettysburg ceremony

A park spokeswoman says Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will represent the administration instead.

By Linda Wheeler  |  05:45 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Nebraska now has Sons of Confederate Veterans camp

The group was officially recognized this week with a ceremony in Fremont Ridge Cemetery

By Linda Wheeler  |  03:10 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Old songs, new artists

New CD of Civil War music to include some songs probably not heard since the end of the war.

By Linda Wheeler  |  05:25 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 10/24/2013

Restoration of McLean House begins soon

Work being done to restore wooden stairs and much of decking on the front of the historic house.

By Linda Wheeler  |  05:21 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 10/21/2013

Lincoln letter resurfaces, to go on sale Tuesday

The one-page letter, written on April 21, 1847 from Springfield, speaks of bipartisanship.

By Linda Wheeler  |  02:05 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 10/18/2013

Double Southern Cross of Honor ceremony in Va.

Two brothers who died before receiving their medals will be honored at a ceremony near Edinburg, Va.

By Linda Wheeler  |  02:02 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 10/18/2013

Wis. conference opens on Civil War sheet music

Conference will cover sheet music written by both North and South to celebrate heroes, draw support.

By Linda Wheeler  |  11:26 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Development of slave auction site in Richmond opposed

Preservations oppose plans to build ballpark on site of market where thousands were sold into slavery.

By Linda Wheeler  |  01:50 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Black vet who lost arm, leg finally gets grave marker

Civil War soldier who suffered double amputation was laid to rest without a marker. He’s now getting one.

By Linda Wheeler  |  01:25 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Ford’s Theatre will reopen tomorrow

Popular tourist destination, closed by the federal shutdown, will reopen using $25,000 in donated funds.

By Linda Wheeler  |  05:16 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 10/11/2013

Annual Grant lecture in St. Louis is canceled; early Grant house in Detroit is threatened

But this time it has nothing to do with his leadership in the Civil War or his presidency.

By Linda Wheeler  |  04:10 PM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 10/10/2013

Federal shutdown doesn’t mean battlefields are open to plunder

Man arrested at Kennesaw battlefield after officers find him with metal detector, artifacts, authorities say.

By Linda Wheeler  |  03:07 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 10/09/2013

Battlefields not available for star role at symposium

Federal shutdown closes Civil War battlefields as crowds gather to commemorate sesquicentennial.

By Linda Wheeler  |  03:12 PM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Study equates high number of slaves in Southern counties with today’s racial resentment

Study links Southern counties that had high numbers of slaves with more modern-day racial resentment.

By Linda Wheeler  |  03:23 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 10/04/2013

Poems written for black press recovered

Researchers compile and release little-know works by black poets from Civil War era.

By Linda Wheeler  |  02:34 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Cedar Creek battle reenactment is still on

The shutdown that closed the country’s national parks has had little impact on the public/private park in Middletown, Va.

By Linda Wheeler  |  08:45 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Diary of soldier who guarded Lincoln goes on display

Diary can be see at the visitors center at President Lincoln’s Cottage in Northwest Washington.

By Linda Wheeler  |  04:59 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 09/13/2013

Adults-only Richmond tour scheduled

Tour focuses on sites infamous for prostitution, debauchery and other ills during the Civil War.

By Linda Wheeler  |  11:53 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Visit battlefield house, attend theater by lantern light

Afternoon and evening events Saturday cover Civil War fighting in Fairfax and Loudoun counties.

By Linda Wheeler  |  03:33 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 09/03/2013

KKK rally planned for Antietam Battlefield

Rosedale group plans to protest U.S. immigration policies and President Obama’s administration.

By Linda Wheeler  |  05:20 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 08/02/2013

Conservation planned for rare Confederate naval flag

Fragile flag was given to the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, which has agreed to conserve and display it.

By Linda Wheeler  |  06:33 PM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 08/02/2013

Winchester area offers multiple events Aug. 17-18

Several events are planned, including battlefield and historic house tours, lectures and book signings.

By Linda Wheeler  |  02:23 PM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 07/16/2013

Success story for Seattle veterans’ cemetery

Thanks to one man, 100 veterans have new gravestones.

By Linda Wheeler  |  09:17 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 07/08/2013

PBS’s ‘Rebel’ is lovely, but flawed

The documentary is about Confederate soldier and Union spy Loreta Janeta Velazquez.

By Linda Wheeler  |  10:39 AM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 06/18/2013

Private Douglass statue unveiling set for Wednesday

Vice President Biden is scheduled to speak at the unveiling at the Capitol’s Visitors Center.

By Linda Wheeler  |  08:48 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 06/17/2013

Grants awarded for Civil War battlefields

More than $3 million in land preservation grants has been awarded to four Virginia and one Georgia battlefields.

By Linda Wheeler  |  09:51 AM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Live the Civil War life in C&O Canal rental

With no heat, electricity or kitchen, antebellum lock house is a perfect place to experience Civil War living.

By Linda Wheeler  |  04:19 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 06/09/2013

Tour, reception and movie to benefit 3rd Winchester

Event includes screening of the movie “Copperhead.”

By Linda Wheeler  |  12:21 PM ET, 06/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 05/31/2013

Author Chandra Manning to speak in Washington

The historian is the guest speaker at the Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia on June 11.

By Linda Wheeler  |  03:44 PM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 05/24/2013

No fee for active-duty military at 2,000 museums this summer

Blue Star Museums program offers free access to museums for active-duty men and women and families.

By Linda Wheeler  |  05:08 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 05/20/2013

Memorial Day remembrances at four area Civil War sites

Services or events include parades, wreath laying, plantation, cemetery and battlefield tours, and rifle demonstrations

By Linda Wheeler  |  05:09 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 05/15/2013

Civil War guide Ed Bearss going strong into his ninth decade

The Chief Historian Emeritus of the NPS is still wowing audiences with his Civil War knowledge.

By Linda Wheeler  |  11:06 AM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Remains of Civil War soldiers to be buried at Arlington

The remains of two brothers from who served in the Union army will be laid to rest in a joint full honors.

By Linda Wheeler  |  03:58 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 05/01/2013

Still time to register for Grant conference this weekend

The three-day conference and annual meeting is in Georgetown, Ohio, the small town where Grant grew up.

By Linda Wheeler  |  05:59 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 05/01/2013

Moon blamed in Stonewall Jackson’s death

Just in time for the anniversary of Chancellorsville, there is a new theory as to why Jackson’s own men fired on him.

By Linda Wheeler  |  08:59 AM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 04/26/2013

Flag that draped Jackson’s coffin on exhibit

Rarely seen “Stainless Banner” will be exhibited by the Museum of the Confederacy on May 11 and 12.

By Linda Wheeler  |  05:57 PM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 04/09/2013

New study says battlefield preservation creates jobs

“On average, every 702 tourists to a Civil War battlefield support one full-time or full-time equivalent local job,” says the report released by the Civil War Trust.

By Linda Wheeler  |  11:19 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Grant’s Ohio boyhood house reopens

The house will reopen for the tourist season beginning Memorial Day.

By Linda Wheeler  |  12:15 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 03/17/2013

Interpretive center at Kelly’s Ford opens today

First large cavalry battle of the Civil War took place at the Culpeper site on St. Patrick’s Day 1863.

By Linda Wheeler  |  12:01 AM ET, 03/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 03/11/2013

Rare Mary Lincoln letter is sold

She was seeking a babysitter.

By Linda Wheeler  |  12:31 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 03/04/2013

Modern day flu feels like the Civil War soldiers’ ague

Its symptoms were similar to the flu: fever, chills and fatigue.

By Linda Wheeler  |  01:27 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/13/2013

Unknown dead of Monitor to be buried at Arlington

Ten years after two skeletons were found in the turret of the wrecked Civil War USS Monitor, the remains will be buried at Arlington Cemetery on March 8.

By Linda Wheeler  |  11:00 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 02/09/2013

Tennessee lawmaker tries to stop renaming of Confederate parks, monuments

Rep. Steve McDaniel (R) acted after Memphis City Council voted to rename three parks.

By Linda Wheeler  |  03:13 PM ET, 02/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 02/04/2013

Frederick Douglass statue moves to Capitol today

A statue of abolitionist, orator and District resident Frederick Douglass will be placed in the Capitol today.

By Linda Wheeler  |  11:06 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 02/02/2013

Two Civil War programs in Washington this month

Programs are free at National Archives on Feb. 6 and Feb. 7.

By Linda Wheeler  |  04:04 PM ET, 02/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Craig Symonds to speak at Lincoln’s Cottage

The author of “The Civil War at Sea” will speak at President Lincoln’s Cottage on Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m.

By Linda Wheeler  |  02:07 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 01/22/2013

Gettysburg Remembrance Day parade has new date

Event moved back a week to accommodate larger-than-usual crowds of visitors.

By Linda Wheeler  |  01:59 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 12/31/2012

Last day to make tax-deductible donation to Civil War groups

Be sure to check out the group to make sure the great majority of its funds go to preservation efforts.

By Linda Wheeler  |  01:29 PM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 12/20/2012

Harold Holzer’s new ‘Lincoln’ movie companion book answers questions for young readers

The book is written for young people who may be discovering Lincoln and the Civil War for the first time.

By Linda Wheeler  |  10:33 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 12/06/2012

Union soldiers remembered with wreaths

The public is invited to help place the wreaths.

By Linda Wheeler  |  10:42 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Pocket watch research may connect 1864 owner with Lincoln’s dying moments

Engraved pocket watch may have belonged to a man who was at President Lincoln’s deathbed.

By Linda Wheeler  |  03:07 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 11/19/2012

American-made candles light up ‘Lincoln’

Three-wick candles designed by Ymittos Candle Co. of Lowell, Mass., look like typical candles but give off sufficient light for the camera.

By Linda Wheeler  |  01:51 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 11/12/2012

Washington mega shows open this week

The federal government is opening its vast store of precious art and artifacts from the Civil War beginning Monday.

By Linda Wheeler  |  10:01 AM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 10/09/2012

Civil War service to mark Ohio church’s 150th anniversary

Salem United Methodist Church will mark its 150th anniversary Sunday with a service that will include Union and Confederate reenactors.

By Linda Wheeler  |  01:22 PM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/09/2012

Civil War beer returns to market

Eventually nine beers will be available to commemorate the sesquicentennial.

By Linda Wheeler  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 10/03/2012

Themed tours offered at Confederate White House

Visitors can hear stories of the diverse household staff—which included enslaved African Americans, freemen, Irish immigrants and a German florist.

By Linda Wheeler  |  12:20 PM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 10/01/2012

D.C. conference to include Civil War talks

A local history conference scheduled for Oct. 18-21 in Washington will include several talks on the Civil War.

By Linda Wheeler  |  12:03 PM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 09/13/2012

Multiple events planned for Antietam anniversary

The Battle of Antietam will be commemorated this weekend by the National Park Service, the town of Sharpsburg, a battle reenactment group and other groups.

By Linda Wheeler  |  06:39 PM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 08/22/2012

Subdivision plans near Fredericksburg battlefield concern preservationists

The Civil War Trust has written to Fredericksburg’s mayor asking her and the city council to oppose a proposed housing development on a busy street leading to the park entrance.

By Linda Wheeler  |  04:22 PM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 08/11/2012

Civil War fortifications found on William and Mary campus

Evidence reportedly came to light during a recent excavation.

By Linda Wheeler  |  02:18 PM ET, 08/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 07/30/2012

Obama related to country’s first slave

Ancestry.com has released a study that concludes that President Obama, through his white mother, is related to John Punch, the first African person in this country to be enslaved for life.

By Linda Wheeler  |  12:27 PM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 07/19/2012

Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ to open Nov. 9, after election

The much-anticipated Steven Spielberg movie “Lincoln” will open Nov. 9, a date chosen to come after the presidential election.

By Linda Wheeler  |  05:13 PM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 07/10/2012

How to get a free Civil War infographic

For those if us who love to have important statistics close at hand, the Civil War Trust has a wonderful, free gift.

By Linda Wheeler  |  09:56 AM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 07/03/2012

App announced for Arlington National Cemetery

The Civil War graves and monuments at Arlington National Cemetery will soon be easier to find when a free smart phone app becomes available.

By Linda Wheeler  |  01:35 PM ET, 07/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 06/19/2012

Civil War balloon saved by last minute infusion of helium

The donor is Macy’s, a New York department store famous for its helium-filled balloons synonymous with the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in that city.

By Linda Wheeler  |  08:49 AM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 05/09/2012

Campaign opens to protect Fort Defiance at Middleburg, Va. battlefield

The Civil War Trust , state of Virginia and the Northern Regional Park Authority have joined forces to protect the five-acre Fort Defiance section of the Middleburg Battlefield.

By Linda Wheeler  |  11:42 AM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Civil War, Civil War Battlefields

Posted at 10:49 PM ET, 04/12/2012

Clara Barton’s Civil War office to become a museum

The post-Civil War office where Clara Barton had helped families find missing soldiers will become a museum.

By Linda Wheeler  |  10:49 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 04/02/2012

‘Shiloh, 1862’ author to speak Thursday in Washington

Winston Groom has given the Battle of Shiloh the mega attention that it deserves by writing a book with the storytelling appeal of fiction but solidly backed with fact.

By Linda Wheeler  |  04:41 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:19 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Lincoln assassin doll dumped by Gettysburg gift shop

Bobblehead of Lincoln’s assassin, with gun, is pulled off the shelves after complaints.

By Linda Wheeler  |  07:19 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 03/09/2012

New Museum of the Confederacy to exhibit Cleburne’s coat

Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne’s coat will be one of the star exhibits when the Museum of the Confederacy opens March 31.

By Linda Wheeler  |  04:36 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Public comment sought on Shepherdstown’s inclusion in national parks

By Linda Wheeler  |  04:09 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 02/09/2012

Campaign to protect Cedar Creek battlefield

By Linda Wheeler  |  09:02 AM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Was Lincoln doing some financial planning?

By Linda Wheeler  |  05:27 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:40 AM ET, 01/09/2012

Civil War contest: Name that coffee!

By Linda Wheeler  |  06:40 AM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 01/06/2012

Trees removed from wooded parcel at Gettysburg battlefield

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Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 12/21/2011

Fredericksburg slavery museum finances questioned

By Linda Wheeler  |  11:52 AM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:31 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Diary reveals a poet in Civil War soldier’s uniform

By Linda Wheeler  |  06:31 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 12/11/2011

Civil War scrapbook comes with mystery

By Linda Wheeler  |  04:04 PM ET, 12/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 12/06/2011

Obama praises Lincoln’s prose

President Obama has written a piece about his view of President Abraham Lincoln for a special issue on the Civil War for Atlantic magazine that becomes available today.

By Linda Wheeler  |  12:01 AM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 12/02/2011

The week in Civil War tweets, Nov. 25-Dec. 1

The Trent Affair escalates and western Virginia meets to leave the Commonwealth of Virginia.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  11:28 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tweeting the Civil War

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 11/15/2011

House Divided: Weekly wrap-up

This week past, we told you about James “Bud” Robertson’s excellent new book,“The Untold Civil War Stories: Exploring the Human Side of the War.”

By Linda Wheeler  |  09:55 AM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:51 PM ET, 11/10/2011

Medal of Honor is 150 years old

On Veterans Day, the National Archives is honoring the most esteemed of military awards with a 150th anniversary exhibit.

By Linda Wheeler  |  08:51 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 11/10/2011

Slave burial ground discovered on Florida island plantation

The National Park Service says a previously unknown slave burial ground was discovered at a plantation near Jacksonville, Fla.

By Linda Wheeler  |  10:58 AM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 11/07/2011

Civil War Highlights: What you missed

President declares Fort Monroe a national monument, Wilderness battlefield to be preserved, and more.

By Linda Wheeler  |  08:02 AM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:31 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Texas battlefield gets money in oil spill settlement

The Sabine Pass battlefield, located within present day Port Arthur, Texas, will benefit from a settlement with American Eagle Tankers involving the spill of 400,000 gallons of crude oil into the Sabine Neches Waterway, according to a story by fuelfix.com....

By Linda Wheeler  |  10:31 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 10/28/2011

Aide to collector of presidential documents pleads guilty to theft

An assistant to self-proclaimed “America’s presidential historian” Barry H. Landau has pleaded guilty to stealing and selling historic documents, including some signed by Lincoln.

By Linda Wheeler  |  11:27 AM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Senators, others ask Park Service to restore Grant memorial

Illinois senators and others are petitioning to have the discolored bronze memorial returned to it’s original glory.

By Linda Wheeler  |  12:13 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 10/12/2011

Cedar Creek Battle reenactment to offer seats in middle of action

The Cedar Creek Battle reenactment this weekend in Middletown, Va., one of the country’s premiere events for re-enactors as well as spectators, is offering a new seating alternative. Visitors will be literally in the action as horse-mounted soldiers race by...

By Linda Wheeler  |  11:31 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Civil War highlights: What you missed

What you missed in the week past was our usual Civil War blog plus a special issue of the Washington Post focused on the next six months of the war. Those articles included a new exhibit in South Carolina of...

By Linda Wheeler  |  04:10 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 10/08/2011

Untold Civil War stories: Goodbye, gold standard

What important story from the Civil War is often overlooked? William Blair responds.

By William Blair  |  04:20 PM ET, 10/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 10/07/2011

Untold Civil War stories: The Potomac blockade

What were the most important but overlooked stories of the Civil War? Waite Rawls responds.

By Waite Rawls  |  04:41 PM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 10/07/2011

Untold Civil War stories: A crucial bond for Grant and Sherman

What were the most important but overlooked stories of the Civil War? John Marszalek responds.

By John Marszalek  |  01:27 PM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 10/07/2011

Untold Civil War stories: The death of Willie Lincoln

What were the most important but overlooked stories of the Civil War? Harold Holzer responds.

By Harold Holzer  |  12:42 PM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 10/06/2011

Stolen Confederate regimental flag found

Thirty years after the original, battle-worn flag of the 14th Louisiana Infantry Regiment was stolen from a New Orleans museum, it will soon be on route home thanks to the FBI’s Art Crime Team. The flag was found at the...

By Linda Wheeler  |  01:11 PM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Civil War news highlights: What you missed

Last week, we told you about a new national park service website that makes it easier to find information on national cemeteries and to plan an itinerary. Planning ahead: In Chattanoga, Tenn., the 2011 Image of the Civil War Seminar...

By Linda Wheeler  |  02:26 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 09/27/2011

Civil War Highlights: What You Missed

This week past, we told you about the newest property added to Gettysburg National Military Park, a nine-acre parcel that includes the historic Benner house that saw action on the first day of battle. It was also used as a...

By Linda Wheeler  |  11:01 AM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 09/16/2011

Limited tickets for Ball’s Bluff reenactment available

Only 2,000 ticketed spectators will be allowed to watch the reenactment of the Battle of Ball’s Bluff next month which will take place on the actual battlefield which is located in a Virginia regional park. On Oct. 22, one day...

By Linda Wheeler  |  04:07 PM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 09/16/2011

Fort Monroe closes — for now.

Ft. Monroe, located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, was officially closed by the U.S. Army yesterday and handed over to the state. Since the closure of the fort with its more than 170 historic buildings and...

By Linda Wheeler  |  01:42 PM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 09/15/2011

Database of Virginia slave names made public

Names of enslaved people in Virginia as found in some of the 8 million documents of the Virginia Historical Society have been compiled in a data base accessible to the public. The names were culled from letters, wills, court records...

By Linda Wheeler  |  06:17 PM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:33 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Lincoln letter to McClellan sold for $100,000

A hastily written letter from President Lincoln to Gen. George B. McClellan to check on his progress in chasing down the retreating Confederates after the Battle of Antietam sold for $100,000 in less than a day of it going on...

By Linda Wheeler  |  07:33 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 09/08/2011

Celebrating a Confederate general’s birthday in Alabama

Gen. Joseph Wheeler’s 175th birthday is on Saturday and a crowd is expected to celebrate the event at Wheeler’s Courtland, Ala. home, Pond Spring. They will be greeted by Confederate re-enactors and hear some music while eating barbeque cooked by...

By Linda Wheeler  |  01:45 PM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 09/08/2011

Lincoln letter to McClellan for sale

President Lincoln wanted to know how much progress Gen. George B. McClellan was making in crossing the Potomac River into Loudoun County, Va. on October 29, 1862 and more importantly, what was his assessment of the enemy. The hastily scrawled...

By Linda Wheeler  |  12:26 PM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 09/07/2011

House where Booth was refused medical care to be auctioned

Cleydael, the 152-year-old house where Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth sought and was refused medical help, is in foreclosure and is scheduled for auction on Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. at the site. The 3,000-square-foot house, located near Fredericksburg, was...

By Linda Wheeler  |  09:57 AM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 09/01/2011

Lexington challenges Confederate flag display

Town officials in Lexington, Va. will vote tonight at a public hearing whether to ban the display of the Confederate flag.

By Linda Wheeler  |  06:07 PM ET, 09/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 08/30/2011

Plans finalized for Grand Review of Troops reenactment

Bailey’s Crossroads, Va., just west of Washington D.C., is today a busy commercial district dominated by high-rise apartment buildings but on Nov. 20, 1861 when President Lincoln reviewed 70,000 well drilled troops there, the area was farm land. At the...

By Linda Wheeler  |  12:15 PM ET, 08/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 08/24/2011

Descendants of slaves ousted from Cherokee nation

Following a Cherokee nation Supreme Court ruling this week upholding new membership requirements, members who were descendants of slaves who accompanied Indian owners in a forced march from the Deep South to Oklahoma have been ousted from the nation. Following...

By Linda Wheeler  |  12:28 PM ET, 08/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 08/22/2011

What you missed: Civil War highlights

This week past, we told you about what has been found at the archaeological dig of a POW camp, Fort Lawton, near Millen, Ga., how a long-long letter written by President Lincoln was returned to the National Archives and the...

By Linda Wheeler  |  11:17 AM ET, 08/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 08/18/2011

Lost Lincoln letter returned to the Archives

Missing 1862 documents recovered.

By Linda Wheeler  |  01:46 PM ET, 08/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 08/16/2011

John Brown bell tug-of-war renewed

The dispute over ownership of the bell from the Harpers Ferry firehouse where violent abolitionist John Brown barricaded himself in 1859 may eventually be decided by the courts. Charleston, W.V., resident Howard Swint has renewed interest in the bell’s ownership...

By Linda Wheeler  |  11:03 AM ET, 08/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 08/15/2011

What you missed: Civil War news highlights

This week past, we told you about the diaries of a young Confederate soldier donated to Washington & Lee University, a John Brown sledgehammer donated to the national Marine museum, plans for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Wilson’s...

By Linda Wheeler  |  10:33 AM ET, 08/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 08/12/2011

John Brown sledgehammer goes to Marine museum

Eighteen members of the Rissler family of West Virginia accompanied the medal part of a sledgehammer to the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va. to formally hand it over during an official military ceremony. It was one...

By Linda Wheeler  |  11:33 AM ET, 08/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:04 AM ET, 08/12/2011

Civil War memorial is dedicated — a century late

More than a century ago, a Civil War monument was built in Fond du Luc, Wisc., in the southeast part of the state, to recognize the service of thousands of men who had volunteered for the war from the town...

By Linda Wheeler  |  08:04 AM ET, 08/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:38 AM ET, 08/12/2011

Civil War diaries cite Gen. Jackson’s ‘bravery & coolness’

In writings, Alexander Sterrett Paxton, a Virginia college student who joined the Confederate infantry and served in Jackson’s storied Stonewall Brigade, writes about the famous general and the war as he witnessed it.

By Amanda McGrath  |  07:38 AM ET, 08/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 08/11/2011

Wilson’s Creek battle reenactment is weekend’s top Civil War event

Southwest Missouri is the place to be this weekend if you are a reenactment fan. Upwards of 60,000 visitors are expected to attend the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek complete with a battle reenactment (twice a day,...

By Linda Wheeler  |  05:36 PM ET, 08/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  A House Divided, Re-enactments

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 08/08/2011

What you missed: Civil War news highlights

In the week past, we told you about a planned memorial park to honor the First Kansas Colored Infantry Regiment in its first combat encounter in Missouri. Planning ahead: Three of the country’s best known Civil War experts will speak...

By Linda Wheeler  |  10:41 AM ET, 08/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 08/03/2011

Missouri to open park honoring black regiment

The 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment was the first black military unit in the country, organized even before it was legal to have former slaves and freemen join the Union effort. Organized by ardent abolitionist Brig. Gen. James Lane,...

By Linda Wheeler  |  05:35 PM ET, 08/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/23/2011

Live from Manassas: Tweeting the reenactment of the Battle of Bull Run

Follow along here or @manassaswp

By A House Divided  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 07/22/2011

Follow the reenactment: Live tweeting from Bull Run

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Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 07/22/2011

Reenacting the same battle, 50 years later

By Timothy R. Smith  |  04:41 PM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 07/22/2011

An initiation into a reenactment ‘family’

By Timothy R. Smith  |  04:31 PM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 07/22/2011

Some afternoon Civil War events still on, despite heat

Despite the heat, Civil War events with the City of Manassas are continuing as scheduled.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  02:20 PM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 07/22/2011

The cavalry, the Lincolns, the artillery, oh my!

Bull Run reenactors on parade in Old Town Manassas

By Timothy R. Smith  |  10:59 AM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 07/22/2011

When Civil War reenactors go to Burger King

Riding a horse through a drive through in Manassas.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  10:45 AM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 07/22/2011

A modern marriage with an interest in Civil War history

Jeannine and John Lindberg share an interest in the topic.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  10:35 AM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 07/22/2011

Some Bull Run anniversary events canceled because of heat

The National Park Service canceled part of Friday’s program commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Bull Run in Manassas because of excessive heat.

By Justin Jouvenal  |  09:13 AM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 07/22/2011

Drinking 15 gallons a day

The hottest day of the year also impacted the horses at Bull Run.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  08:31 AM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 07/22/2011

Woken by his horse’s whinnies

By Timothy R. Smith  |  08:26 AM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:06 PM ET, 07/21/2011

The outhouse side of reenactments

By Timothy R. Smith  |  08:06 PM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 07/21/2011

Tales from the scene: A former air mechanic goes back in time

Among the reenactors at Camp Manassas, DePerro is playing Clovis Lowe, father of the aeronaut Thaddeus Lowe, who commanded the Union army’s balloon corps.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  05:04 PM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 07/21/2011

Civil War fashion: The wonders of the top hat

The Post’s Tim Smith on how the fashionable hats are keeping him cool at Camp Manassas.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  04:28 PM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 07/21/2011

How weather affected soldiers during the Battle of Bull Run

Were wool uniforms a hindrance or a help to soldiers at First Manassas?

By Timothy R. Smith  |  03:59 PM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 07/21/2011

At Camp Manassas, homemade root beer is all the rage

The day is hot, which means Patricia Mertz, who sells cold lemonade, cherry fizz and root beer, is in business. The counter of Little John is filled with barrels and corked or wire-capped bottles of the homemade drinks, made right here behind the tent.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  01:01 PM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 07/21/2011

Blogging from Camp Manassas: Getting fitted for Civil War garb before the Bull Run anniversary

Cindy Warlick, purveyor of Civil War-era garb and memorabilia, does steady business during the events marking the 150th anniversary of the Battler of Bull Run.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  11:54 AM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 07/20/2011

Events mark Bull Run anniversary in Manassas

For the sesquicentennial of First Manassas, the National Park Service is offering four days of free programs and events at the actual battlefield where the Confederates scored their first important and very public victory. Unlike other Civil War battles, this...

By Linda Wheeler  |  10:30 AM ET, 07/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:02 AM ET, 07/20/2011

Manassas battlefield park expands by 54 acres today

On the eve of the sesquicentennial anniversary of Battle of First Manassas, the federal park where the battle actually took place will grow by 54 acres, thanks to the preservation efforts of the Civil War Trust.

By Linda Wheeler  |  12:02 AM ET, 07/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 07/19/2011

New logo for Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation

The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, charged by Congress with protecting the Civil War battlefields in nine western Virginia counties, has a new logo fifteen years after beginning its work.

By Linda Wheeler  |  04:48 PM ET, 07/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 07/14/2011

Frank Williams: Given a month off this summer, which Civil War sites would you visit and what new books would you read?

In this sesquicentennial season and with a month to do it in, I would travel to some old favorites and find some new haunts too.

By Frank Williams  |  06:08 PM ET, 07/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 07/07/2011

Arlington House commemorates First Manassas

The National Park Service will commemorate Arlington House’s part in the battle (also known as First Bull Run) with “Prelude to First Manassas” at the historic Lee mansion on July 16.

By Linda Wheeler  |  11:35 AM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 06/30/2011

Civil War Trust announces large-scale preservation initiative

The Civil War Trust, a non-profit known for its aggressive fundraising to save Civil War battlefields, is taking on it largest campaign ever with a new initiative to raise $40 million to protect an additional 20,000 acres. The program,...

By Linda Wheeler  |  09:01 AM ET, 06/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 06/29/2011

Jim Campi: Given a month off this summer, which Civil War sites would you visit and what new books would you read?

There is no better way to experience Civil War history than visiting the battlefields where the war was decided. As former Union General Joshua Chamberlain once remarked: “In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays.” I find that...

By Jim Campi  |  06:38 PM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 06/20/2011

Brag Bowling: How novel was Gen. Butler’s decision to treat escaped slaves as contraband and did he do it for humane or military reasons?

The problem with political generals is that, well--they tend to be political. There can be few finer examples of political generals than Benjamin “Beast” Butler, the beau ideal of pragmatic opportunists. Butler never showed any great ability as a military...

By Brag Bowling  |  10:59 AM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 06/13/2011

The Confederate capital shift from Montgomery to Richmond

The Confederate capital moves from Montgomery to Richmond

By John Marszalek  |  09:41 AM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 06/11/2011

An inflated proposal: Thaddeus Lowe and the Civil War balloons

Civil War balloons for spying on the Confederate Army

By Timothy R. Smith  |  10:22 AM ET, 06/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 06/08/2011

Western Virginia slams door on Confederate Virginia

This weekend marks the anniversary of an unusual chapter in the Civil War, not a battle but the radical step taken by delegates from 38 northwestern Virginia counties loyal to the Union after the state secession convention voted to join...

By Linda Wheeler  |  03:22 PM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 06/08/2011

Tennessee secedes

By Timothy R. Smith  |  11:29 AM ET, 06/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 06/06/2011

Old oak connected to Jackson has died

An ancient white oak known as Jackson’s Prayer Tree has died as the result of rot, old age and high winds

By Linda Wheeler  |  10:42 AM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 06/06/2011

John Marszalek: Have we preserved enough Civil War sites?

One of the most successful historical projects in American history has been the preservation of Civil War battlefields. Begun in the late nineteenth century, under the auspices of the federal government, first within the War Department and then the National...

By John Marszalek  |  10:37 AM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 06/03/2011

The union captures a Confederate privateer

By Timothy R. Smith  |  12:04 PM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 05/31/2011

Harold Holzer: President Lincoln suspended the Writ of Habeas Corpus along the military lines between Philadelphia and Annapolis in April; was it used primarily as a political tool to harass and intimidate residents?

Lincoln’s controversial decision to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus between Philadelphia and Annapolis 150 years ago can indeed be seen--at least on one level--as political. After all, had the beleaguered president permitted political and press activity...

By Harold Holzer  |  05:25 PM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 05/31/2011

Brag Bowling: President Lincoln suspended the Writ of Habeas Corpus along the military lines between Philadelphia and Annapolis in April; was it used primarily as a political tool to harass and intimidate residents?

General Sherman was famously quoted that , “War is Hell”. Suppression of internal dissent can prove hellish also. Maryland would prove to be the laboratory for many of President Abraham Lincoln’s more draconian policies. Lincoln early on recognized Maryland’s strategic...

By Brag Bowling  |  05:25 PM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 05/31/2011

John Marszalek: President Lincoln suspended the Writ of Habeas Corpus along the military line between Philadelphia and Annapolis; was it used primarily as a politcal tool to harass and intimidate residents?

On April 27, 1861 after the mob attack on Union troops in Baltimore, Maryland, Abraham Lincoln issued the order suspending the writ of habeas corpus. He based this statement on his belief that the war powers of the president, particularly...

By John Marszalek  |  09:21 AM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 05/23/2011

Wal-Mart announces new location for controversial Virginia store

The preservation organizations that opposed a proposed Wal-Mart store on the Wilderness Battlefield in Orange County, Va. during a well-publicized court battle have jointly issued a press release today praising the retail giant for its new proposed site.

By Linda Wheeler  |  03:07 PM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 05/23/2011

Craig Symonds: Did secession come because of the work of a minority of hot heads or was it a near universal movement in the South?

The primary impetus to secession came from a dedicated and single-minded political minority. It may or may not be appropriate to call them “hot heads” or “fire-eaters” (the term then in use), but without doubt they were self-conscious revolutionaries who...

By Craig Symonds  |  02:54 PM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 05/23/2011

Frank Williams: Did secession come because of the work of a minority of hot heads or was it a near universal movement in the South?

It is difficult for us today, even with the benefit of hindsight, to understand the motivations of the people of the day. And we are led to believe that there were only two sections of the country--the abolitionist North and...

By Frank Williams  |  02:51 PM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 05/16/2011

Tweeting the Civil War: The military buildup continues

The Washington Post is tweeting the Civil War, in the words of the people who lived it -- from journals, letters, official records and newspapers of the day. This week in 1861,the military buildup on both sides increases. Maryland’s likelihood of secession decreases as the union grip on the state tightens.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  10:26 AM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 05/16/2011

Tweeting the Civil War: The military buildup continues

The Washington Post is tweeting the Civil War, in the words of the people who lived it -- from journals, letters, official records and newspapers of the day. This week in 1861,the military buildup on both sides increases. Maryland’s likelihood of secession decreases as the union grip on the state tightens.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  10:26 AM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 05/06/2011

Tweeting the Civil War: Lincoln expands the naval blockade

The Washington Post is tweeting the Civil War, in the words of the people who lived it -- from journals, letters, official records and newspapers of the day. This week in 1861, Lincoln expands the naval blockade.

By Mary Hadar  |  04:04 PM ET, 05/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 05/06/2011

William Blair: What legal authority did Abraham Lincoln have to call up 75,000 troops to defend Washington and to blockade most Southern ports?

To find the answer to this two-pronged question, forget about the Constitution. This fundamental law of the nation is surprisingly quiet about any war powers that the president might claim. In fact, the term “war powers” never appears under the the sections dealing with the executive.

By William Blair  |  11:33 AM ET, 05/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:45 PM ET, 05/02/2011

Harvard University president to tell war stories tonight

Harvard University President and Civil War scholar Drew Gilpin Faust is giving the 40th annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities tonight which is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and is the highest honor the federal government confers for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.

By Linda Wheeler  |  08:45 PM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  150th anniversary, A House Divided

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/27/2011

Frank Williams: What legal authority did President Lincoln have to call up 75,000 troops to defend Washington and to order the blockade of most Southern ports?

When the war started both sides underestimated the passion and intensity of the other. President Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to serve for only three months - his estimate of the duration of the rebellion....

By Frank Williams  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/27/2011

John Marszalek: What legal authority did President Lincoln have to call up 75,000 troops to defend Washington and to order the blockade of most Southern ports?

Lincoln had acted unilaterally because he did not want to ask Congress for a declaration of war, believing that such an act would give the Confederacy recognition as an independent nation...

By Linda Wheeler  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/27/2011

Harold Holzer: What legal authority did President Lincoln have to call up 75,000 troops to defend Washington and to order the blockade of most Southern ports?

Established 18th century law arguably gave Abraham Lincoln adequate power to confront the gravest crisis in the 19th century by calling for volunteers after the attack on Fort Sumter....

By Harold Holzer  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/19/2011

Dana Shoaf: How do you explain the crazed, homicidal fury of city residents during the Baltimore Riots of April 19, 1861 in response to Massachusetts troops passing through that city. Was that event an anomaly?

If other upper South cities were similarly tied to the plantation economy for their well-being, I believe violence would have occurred.

By Dana Shoaf  |  10:00 AM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/19/2011

Frank Williams:How do you explain the crazed, homicidal fury of city residents during the Baltimore Riots of April 19, 1861 in response to Massachusetts troops passing through that city. Was that event an anomaly?

Passions ran deep with the Baltimore “rowdies” prior to their attack on the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment. The plot to assassinate President-elect Lincoln on his passage through Baltimore on February 23, 1861 required the mobs to distract and incite the populace...

By Frank Williams  |  10:00 AM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/19/2011

Dennis Frye: How do you explain the crazed, homicidal fury of city residents during the Baltimore Riots of April 19, 1861 in response to Massachusetts troops passing through that city. Was that event an anomaly?

Baltimore was a melting pot that was in regular meltdown during much of the 1850s. It was also the largest the largest city in the South....

By Linda Wheeler  |  10:00 AM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/19/2011

William Blair: How do you explain the crazed, homicidal fury of city residents during the Baltimore Riots of April 19, 1861 in response to Massachusetts troops passing through that city? Was that event an anomaly?

The Baltimore Riot was significant and shocking to some extent, but it represented a rather unremarkable explosion of street violence.

By William Blair  |  10:00 AM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/19/2011

Harold Holzer: How do you explain the crazed, homicidal fury of city residents during the Baltimore Riots of April 19, 1861 in response to Massachusetts troops passing through that city. Was that event an anomaly?

Horrifically bloody as it was, the fury that a pro-secession mob unleashed against federal troops on the streets of Baltimore in April 1861 should have surprised no one--least of all President Abraham Lincoln.

By Harold Holzer  |  10:00 AM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 04/19/2011

First Civil War deaths took place in Baltimore

Luther Ladd answered his country’s call, but he never made it to Washington. The first deaths of the Civil War took place on the streets of Baltimore.

By Gene Thorp  |  08:16 AM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Dennis Frye: By attempting to resupply Ft. Sumter, did President Lincoln purposely provoke the war?

The provocation of civil war came with Lincoln’s election, not Lincoln’s selection. South Carolina seceded because the North acceded to Republican rule--perceived as abolitionist domination--in the Election of 1860.

By Dennis Frye  |  03:39 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Craig Symonds: By attempting to resupply Ft. Sumter, did President Lincoln purposely provoke the war?

No.From the first full day of his Presidency, Lincoln’s policy was to prevent a war with the seceded States, not to start one.

By Craig Symonds  |  03:35 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Brag Bowling: By resupplying Ft. Sumter, did Lincoln purposely provoke war?

By Brag Bowling  |  03:07 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 04/11/2011

John Marszalek: By attempting to resupply Ft. Sumter, did President Lincoln purposely provoke the war?

When Abraham Lincoln took his oath of office, the last thing on his mind was starting a civil war that would consume his entire presidency.

By John Marszalek  |  02:52 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Lonnie Bunch: By resupplying Ft. Sumter, did Lincoln purposely provoke war?

The notion that Abraham Lincoln purposely provoked the Civil War by attempting to resupply Fort Sumter in April 1861 became a cornerstone of the reinterpretation of the Civil War after the defeat of the Confederacy in 1865.

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Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 04/08/2011

African Americans have cause to celebrate war’s anniversary

Sen. Robert Ford tells African Americans to take part and connect

By Linda Wheeler  |  09:35 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  150th anniversary, News

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Federal shutdown would shutter Ft. Sumter

If the federal government does shut down this weekend, Fort Sumter will close just as the commemoration of the start of the Civil War 150 years ago is beginning.

By Linda Wheeler  |  05:54 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  A House Divided, A House Divided, 150th anniversary, Battlefields, News

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Higher rates proposed for Gettysburg museum

A visit to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitors Center will cost considerably more by next year if rate increases are approved.

By Linda Wheeler  |  12:32 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 03/28/2011

Craig Symonds: General-in-Chief Winfield Scott’s Anaconda Plan called for the early blockading of sea ports and the Mississippi River to strangle the rebellion; could that plan have worked?

There is a lot of misunderstanding about Winfield Scott’s so-called Anaconda Plan. First of all, it never was never really a full-blown operational or even a strategic “plan.”

By Craig Symonds  |  04:04 PM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Disunion lobbyists important to secession movement

The Washington Post is tweeting the Civil War, in the words of the people who lived it -- from journals, letters, official records and newspapers of the day. This week in 1861, Lincoln is inaugurated.

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Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 03/04/2011

Tweeting the Civil War: Lincoln is inaugurated

The Washington Post is tweeting the Civil War, in the words of the people who lived it -- from journals, letters, official records and newspapers of the day. This week in 1861, Lincoln is inaugurated.

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Categories:  A House Divided, Tweeting the war

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 03/02/2011

Civil War soldiers to be honored in Living Legacy Tree Planting program

More than 100 miles of Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania roadway is about to get a little more green thanks to funding from the Commonwealth and a vision by Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership officials who created a program to honor...

By Jennifer Buske  |  11:31 AM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Hear Lincoln’s first inaugural speech at U.S. Capitol

On Saturday at 10 a.m. at the U.S. Capitol visitor center, actor Sam Waterston will deliver Abraham Lincoln’s justifiably famous first inaugural speech during a re-enactment of the 16th President’s swearing-in. As with the original, which actually occurred a day...

By Linda Wheeler  |  02:59 PM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  150th anniversary, Events, News

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 02/07/2011

Lincoln Exhibit at Archives

The National Archives announces a multi-media frenzy of memorabilia zubzubzub.

By Mary Hadar  |  02:45 PM ET, 02/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)