Four battlefields receive grants to buy land

The National Park Service on Friday announced the awarding of $2.2 million in grants to four Civil War battlefields to purchase land: Gettysburg, Pa., Manassas, Va., North Anna, Va.  and Rappahannock Station, Va.  The funds come from the Land and Water Conservation Fund,  which uses revenue from federal oil and gas leases to purchase land, […]

Missouri town remembers 1864 massacre

A memorial dedication is scheduled Sunday for a group of Civil War heroes who didn’t don military uniforms but died defending their homes. On Oct. 10, 1864, a group of old men and teenage boys rode or walked out of the town of Emma, in central Missouri, to meet an enemy four times as large. All 26 […]

Key property added to Cedar Creek Battlefield

A large piece of Shenandoah Valley farmland that played a supporting role in the Battle of Cedar Creek  on Oct. 19, 1864, has been preserved with a conservation easement costing $2,272,000. The announcement was made Wednesday at a news conference by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation of Woodstock, Va. The parcel, known as Island Farm, contains 179 […]

Re-created Civil War-era perfume for sale

A Bermuda perfume seller is marketing a fragrance based on some found in the wreck of a Confederate blockade runner, the Mary Celeste, that sank in a storm in 1864 off the coast of Bermuda. Along with the bottles of fine English-made perfume, she also took with her a much-needed load of ammunition. Three years ago, […]