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Enslaved man who helped build U-Va. has a building named for him

In the early part of the 1800s, an enslaved man named Peyton Skipwith quarried stone for the University of Virginia campus. On Thursday, he had a building named in his honor. The dedication took place during the annual Founder’s Day celebration at the university. Like other universities and colleges with early roots, U-Va. has taken […]

Stonewall Jackson had a soft side: He loved to garden

Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson is usually remembered as the stern, no-nonsense soldier who became famous for his Valley Campaign in the Civil War, but it turns out this tough guy had a soft side: He loved to garden.

Lee’s Gettysburg headquarters: Open house dates announced

The Civil War Trust will open Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Gettysburg headquarters on six days this year, all connected to anniversary dates or special programs. The Lee headquarters, once part of a sprawling motel complex, was purchased and restored by the Trust last year for about $6 million. The restoration of an apple orchard at […]

Site of Jackson’s last stand at Kernstown Battlefield to be preserved

When volunteers clear away several acres of forest on a hilly parcel of land known as Sandy Ridge, visitors to the Kernstown Battlefield near Winchester, Va., will be able for the first time to stand on that high ground and see the terrain below as Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson saw it on March 23, 1862. […]

A chance to say thank you to a park on April 1

Thousands of volunteers armed with rakes, shovels, weed whackers, loppers, paint brushes, polishing cloths and trash bags are expected to show up at the more than 130 private, county, state and national Civil War parks across the country on April 1 for the 21st Park Day sponsored by the Civil War Trust. Workers help parks […]

Virginia’s Kernstown Battlefield to grow by 37 acres on anniversary of battle

The Kernstown Battlefield, located just south of Winchester, Va., will receive a gift of 37.4 acres from the Civil War Trust on March 23, the anniversary of the First Kernstown Battle. The battle is remembered as the only one that Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson lost during his famous 1862 Valley Campaign. The newest addition to […]

Book about Irish immigrant soldiers based on National Archives research will have its U.S. launch there

On March 16 at 7 p.m., archaeologist, historian and author Damian Shiels  will introduce his new book, “The Forgotten Irish: Irish Emigrant Experiences in America,” at a free National Archives event. Shiels researched the Archives’ Civil War records to find the material to write about the impact of the war on the lives of 35 […]

Boston’s Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial is vandalized

On Tuesday morning, Boston police were called to investigate a broken sword carried by Robert Gould Shaw as part of the famous Massachusetts 54th Colored Regiment Memorial on Boston Commons.

Meet the Mount Rushmore presidents at free National Archives event

The National Archives presents another of its free events in the building’s McGovern Theater at 7 p.m. Feb. 16. Reservations are usually suggested, but for this one, reservations will be needed. Playing host that night will be Abraham Lincoln expert and prolific author Harold Holzer, who is known for his humorous talks. At this event, […]

Historic house in Virginia national park is under restoration

The roof, walls and door of the small 1830s Charles Sweeney house located within the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park are being restored. Like many others in the historic village, it has a family story to tell. In this case, it was the adult home of the famous minstrel show leader and banjo player […]

The Lincoln and Trump inaugurations have one thing in common: Heavy security

By the time of Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration on March 4, 1861, seven states had already voted to leave the Union and more were expected to follow. Officials in Washington were deeply concerned Confederates would make an attempt on Lincoln’s life as he rode in an open carriage to the Capitol with outgoing President James Buchanan. […]

Second season of ‘Mercy Street’ inspires new tours, events in Alexandria

Alexandria, Va., has long been a tourist destination because of its large historic district and lively restaurant and bar scene. Now, it also features a new assortment of Civil War tours, events and museum exhibits based on the second season of “Mercy Street” beginning Jan. 22. Although the PBS original series wasn’t filmed in Alexandria, […]

The Civil War Trust seeks end-of-year support

The Civil War Trust, the country’s largest membership organization devoted to preserving battlefields, is making a push for end-of-the-year financial support. Trust officials say that for the past seven years, the organization has received...Show More Summary

Longfellow’s ‘I Hear the Bells on Christmas Day’ has two stanzas you rarely hear

The words for one of Christmas’s most beautiful carols was written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on Dec. 25, 1863, in response to the near fatal wound his son, Charles Appleton Wadsworth, received at the Mine Run campaign in Virginia. Unbeknownst to his father, the younger Longfellow had slipped away from his home in Cambridge, Mass., […]

Petersburg battlefield authorized to grow by more than 7,000 acres

The National Park Service gained congressional authorization Dec. 8 to expand the borders of the Petersburg National Battlefield by 7,238 acres following a vote in the Senate. That move could eventually make it one of the largest historical parks in the country, according to the Civil War Trust. The Petersburg park, previously limited to 2,740 […]

Virginia conservation group agrees to buy site of Malvern Hill battle

The Capital Region Land Conservancy of Virginia has agreed to pay $6.5 million for the 875-acre Malvern Hill Farm, site of some of the fiercest fighting during the final battle of the Seven Days Battles of 1862. Plans are to preserve the bucolic parcel that still closely resembles its Civil War appearance. The Battle of Malvern […]

Gettysburg volunteer group invites public to visit restored George Spangler farm

On Nov. 29, also known as Giving Tuesday, a younger-than-usual volunteer group will welcome the public to the George Spangler farm and field hospital at Gettysburg National Military Park that was restored in 2014. The Friends of Gettysburg sponsored the Recruits, an all-volunteer organization that is limited to those between 18 and 38 years old. […]

Design of Emancipation Proclamation memorial was easy, now where to place it?

A former slave-dependent Virginia county plans to unveil a monument to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation once a decision is made about where to place it. It may be the first such memorial in the state or anywhere in the former Confederacy. The Board of Supervisors of Fluvanna County voted to create the memorial last year. […]

Gettysburg Address anniversary to include parade and balls

A parade, several balls and other events are planned for the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and the Dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa., on Nov. 19.

Halloween at Civil War sites: History with a spooky twist

This Halloween weekend, Civil War sites including battlefields, museums and one office are inviting the public to enjoy the popular celebration with a history twist. On Saturday, from 7 to 9 p.m., the New Market battlefield managed by the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, New Market, Va., is inviting the public to, “travel back […]

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