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  • America's Civil War, Field Notes

    News – May 2013

     Fredericksburg basement a Civil War time capsule In what has proved to be a treasure trove for Civil War historians and archaeologists, a recently uncovered basement from a long-gone house on Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg,...

  • America's Civil War, Field Notes

    News – March 2013

    Newly recovered Hood papers refute Spring Hill story Confederate General John Bell Hood has always been blamed for allowing Union Maj. Gen. John Schofield to slip past him at Spring Hill, Tenn., on November 29, 1864, setting the stage for...

  • America's Civil War, Field Notes

    News – January 2013

    Commemorating with caution During the sesquicentennial, just how far can Southern sympathizers go without being flagged for excessive celebration? Separating the South’s military heroes from their personally held beliefs and the...

  • America's Civil War, Field Notes

    News – November 2012

    A blacksmith's cottage is among the period buildings on the 5-acre Mount Defiance site to be preserved on the Middleburg Battlefield. Image: Civil War TrustMiddleburg’s Mount Defiance protected A public–private partnership will...

  • America's Civil War, Field Notes

    Field Notes – September 2012

    New superintendent focused on Antietam sesquicentennial...

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    Field Notes – July 2012

    The original painting (left) next to the Mary Todd fake. (images courtesy of Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum)The Lady and the scamp Is she or isn’t she? That question has been answered with a resounding “no”: The portrait...

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    Field Notes – Civil War news and history

    The J.E.B. Stuart statue in Richmond, Va.New messages for old statues? It wasn’t quite art, but it wasn’t quite vandalism either. So Richmond, Va., police and park employees were a bit stumped at how to handle ink-on-canvas plaques...

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    Trail takes helm at Antietam Battlefield Susan Trail was superintendent at Monocacy National Battlefield for eight years. Photograph courtesy of National Park Service.Monocacy National Battlefield Super-intendent Susan Trail has been...

  • America's Civil War, Field Notes

    Diaries of a Liberty Hall Volunteer return home

    An old Washington and Lee alum—with a little help from his friends—has posthumously provided his alma mater with a treasure trove of firsthand observations of the Civil War in Virginia, after some alert re-enactors and a Lexington...