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Antietam Battlefield’s Miller farmhouse gets a facelift

Tim and Elizabeth Rowland | Published: August 30, 2011 at 11:52 am
Halfway through a five-year renovation of the historic Miller farmhouse at Antietam National Battlefield, the Park Ser­vice preservation teams have been offering a handful of sneak previews of their handiwork. David Miller's cornfield became an icon of the battlefield, after …

Gaming board says no to Gettysburg casino

Tim and Elizabeth Rowland | Published: July 20, 2011 at 10:10 am
No gambling for historic Civil War town Preservationists claimed victory in Gettysburg this spring when for the second time in five years, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board rejected plans for a casino on the fringes of Gettysburg National Military Park.…

New Gettysburg Film from Ridley and Tony Scott

Published: May 20, 2011 at 10:27 am
Scott brothers produce Gettysburg film for History channel The famed filmmaking Scott brothers—Ridley (Gladiator; Black Hawk Down; American Gangster) and Tony (Unstop­pable; Man on Fire; Top Gun)—have teamed with the cable channel History to produce Gettysburg, …

Walmart Withdraws from Wilderness Battlefield

Tim and Elizabeth Rowland | Published: March 14, 2011 at 9:59 am
Preservationists win Wilderness battle Rather than face what would likely have been an image-bruising court fight, Walmart has abandoned plans to build a retail supercenter on the doorstep of the Wilderness battlefield in central Virginia. "This project has been controversial, …

Camp Misery Excavation

Published: January 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm
Students snag chance to probe 'Camp Misery' As if the indignity of losing at Fredericksburg were not enough, 100,000 Union soldiers (and 90,000 of their counterparts from the South) settled in to spend the winter along the banks of Virginia's …

Segways appear at Fredericksburg NMP

Tim and Elizabeth Rowland | Published: September 03, 2010 at 12:43 pm
Segways slipping silently across the battlefield might resemble the charge of the very, very light brigade, but the two-wheel, stand-up scooters could be an ideal way for tourists to inspect hallowed Civil War sites. Beginning in June, the Fredericksburg and …

Gettysburg is an Endangered Battlefield

Published: July 07, 2010 at 8:55 am
A proposed casino near the site of Pickett's Charge has landed the Gettysburg National Military Park on the Civil War Preservation Trust's list of the 10 most endangered battlefields in 2010. In its annual report History Under Siege­, CWPT identified …

New Civil War Exhibit at the National Archives

Tim and Elizabeth Rowland | Published: April 29, 2010 at 1:10 pm
The National Archives combines 21st-century technology with 19th-century ephemera for a ne­w interactive sesquicentennial exhibition the department calls "the most extensive display ever assembled" from its massive Civil War collection.View the patent for artifical limbs at the exhibit. National …

Emmitsburg Road Preservation Campaign

Tim and Elizabeth Rowland | Published: February 24, 2010 at 5:52 pm
Civil War Preservation Trust announces latest campaign Fundraising has begun for the preservation of a crucial two-acre parcel on the Gettys­burg battlefield. The property, originally part of the historic Philip Snyder farm, lies along the Emmitsburg Road and is entirely …

Rebel bankroller’s grave discovered in England

Kim A. O'Connell | Published: January 27, 2010 at 10:21 am
When American academic Thomas E. Sebrell II recently led several students through London's historic Kensal Green cemetery—armed with clippers, shears and historical records—the underbrush and thorns they slogged through tore both clothing and skin. Yet the group pressed on in …

Gettysburg maps sesquicentennial strategy

Tim and Elizabeth Rowland | Published: January 26, 2010 at 12:43 pm
Civil War battle strategy can be tricky enough itself to convey, but that wasn’t what was giving German journalist Hermann Schmid problems in Gettysburg last fall.

Unknown soldier to receive a place of honor

Kim A. O'Connell | Published: September 13, 2009 at 8:13 am
Ditchdiggers uncover remains of of Civil War soldier in Tennessee.

Riverside resort threatens Harpers Ferry's viewshed

Kim A. O'Connell | Published: August 22, 2009 at 11:33 am
A developer hoping to build a resort near Harpers Ferry, W.Va., faces several regulatory roadblocks. The developer, Rattling Springs Associates of McLean, Va., has submitted plans for a 50-room lodge and as many as 60 cottages along the banks of …

Tennessee town memorializes Nathan B. Forrest’s horse

Published: August 22, 2009 at 11:32 am
In the annals of American history, no war has produced as many famous horses as the Civil War: Traveller, Little Sorrel and Rienzi are among the best known, but there are others. Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, for example, …

Grave robbers desecrate and loot Fort Craig, N.M., cemetery

Published: August 22, 2009 at 11:24 am
Last year, federal archaeologists exhumed 67 bodies from Fort Craig, a Civil War-era fort in New Mexico, after a looting investigation led them to a house where remains of a uniformed "Buffalo Soldier," the nickname American Indians gave to black …

N.C. reenactors work to conserve and display regimental flags

Published: August 22, 2009 at 11:00 am
A historic flag captured from the 26th North Carolina Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg has returned home. A reenactment unit, whose members include a number of descendants of the original unit's soldiers, led the charge to acquire the flag, …
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