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Historian Says Best Way To Save Manassas Battlefield Is To Expand Highway Through It

Historian Says Best Way To Save Manassas Battlefield Is To Expand Highway Through It Oct 2nd, 2013 at 12:30PM: Wikimedia Commons Manassas Battlefield Park has been struggling with traffic for a long time. The site of the First and Second Battles of Manassas, also known as the battles of Bull Run, it's rich in Civil War history. The main reason two battles were fought there was that the Warrenton Turnpike, the main road from Virginia to Washington D.C., cut right through it. That turnpike is now Lee...

Scientists Preserve Cannons That Started The Civil War

Scientists Preserve Cannons That Started The Civil War Jun 17th, 2013 at 4:00PM: National Park Service Historic cannons from Fort Moultrie, South Carolina, that date to the Civil War have been meticulously conserved and returned to the fort, the National Park Service announced. Some of these big guns, weighing up to 15,000 pounds each, were used to fire on Fort Sumter just across Charleston Harbor. It was this attack on a federal fort that was the official start of the Civil...

Largest Lincoln Exhibit Ever Opens In California

Largest Lincoln Exhibit Ever Opens In California Jun 2nd, 2013 at 3:00PM: Kevin Trotman, Flickr The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library just debuted a new exhibit on the most famous Republican. A. Lincoln: From Railsplitter to Rushmore opened Saturday and will run through September 31. With 250 items culled from major collectors, it's the largest assemblage of the Lincoln family's personal effects ever displayed. But other museums have examples of...

Preservation Group Wants To Save Civil War Battlefield

Preservation Group Wants To Save Civil War Battlefield May 19th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Wikimedia Commons "Cavalry Charge Near Brandy Station, Virginia," a drawing by Edwin Forbes, 1864 A preservation group is trying to protect the site of the largest cavalry battle in North America. The Civil War Trust has announced it has nearly reached its $3.6 million goal to preserve 56 acres of the site of the Battle of Brandy Station. The plot includes Fleetwood Hill, which was the center...

Gettysburg's American Civil War Wax Museum Is For Sale

Gettysburg's American Civil War Wax Museum Is For Sale May 10th, 2013 at 10:30AM: A favorite destination in America's most famous Civil War battlefield faces an uncertain future as its owners are retiring and putting the building up for sale. The American Civil War Wax Museum at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was opened in 1962 and is selling for $1.7 million, the Evening Sun reports. Being a popular tourist attraction, the current owners say they are confident someone will buy...

Civil War Nevada: Commemorating The Fight For The Far West

Civil War Nevada: Commemorating The Fight For The Far West Apr 30th, 2013 at 2:30PM: When we think of the Civil War, Nevada isn't the first state that generally comes to mind, yet the conflict between North and South had as much of an impact there as it did in Pennsylvania or Virginia. At the start of the war Nevada was a territory and its sentiments mostly for the Union. Its main contribution to the war effort was the plentiful supply of silver from its mines, but some 1,200...

Route 66 Polaroid Project Aims To Capture The Mother Road The Old-Fashioned Way

Route 66 Polaroid Project Aims To Capture The Mother Road The Old-Fashioned Way Apr 19th, 2013 at 4:00PM: There have been a lot of cool Kickstarter Projects in recent months, but this one will warm the heart of anyone who likes a good old-fashioned road trip. The Route 66 Polaroid Project is just what it says on the tin: a plan to drive the length of the famous highway taking Polaroid snapshots all the way. Eric and Sarah are getting married in June and they're heading down The Mother Road for...

Love In The Civil War At The New York State Museum

Love In The Civil War At The New York State Museum Mar 30th, 2013 at 1:00PM: The Civil War is the subject of numerous exhibitions and special events these days as the country commemorates the war's sesquicentennial. Most study the battles and politics, but one at the New York State Museum in Albany is focusing on how the war affected the relationship between two lovers. "I Shall Think of You Often: The Civil War Story of Doctor and Mary Tarbell" opens today as part of...

New Clues To The Sinking Of A Confederate Submarine

New Clues To The Sinking Of A Confederate Submarine Jan 29th, 2013 at 3:00PM: The Confederate Submarine H.L. Hunley may have been sunk by its own torpedo, researchers say. The cause of the Hunley's sinking has been a mystery since it sank the USS Housatonic on February 17, 1864, and then the Hunley itself mysteriously sank shortly thereafter. This submarine, which had a hand-cranked propeller and a torpedo set at the end of a 16-foot pole, was a desperate attempt by the...

Civil War New York Subject Of New Exhibition

Civil War New York Subject Of New Exhibition Sep 22nd, 2012 at 11:00AM: During the Civil War, New York was the wealthiest and most populous state on either side of the conflict. A new exhibition at the New York State Museum in Albany examines the important role New York played in preserving the Union. "An Irrepressible Conflict: The Empire State in the Civil War" features more than two hundred artifacts, documents and images centering around the themes of...

Antietam National Battlefield Park Gears Up To Commemorate Civil War's Bloodiest Day

Antietam National Battlefield Park Gears Up To Commemorate Civil War's Bloodiest Day Aug 29th, 2012 at 2:00PM: It was the bloodiest day of the Civil War. After 12 hours of ferocious fighting on September 17, 1862, an estimated 23,000 soldiers had been killed, wounded or declared missing. Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North was at an end. The Battle of Antietam, in Maryland, proved to be a turning point in the war. Lincoln had been keeping his Emancipation Proclamation secret, waiting for a...

Meramec Caverns: The Coolest Attraction On Route 66

Jun 20th, 2012 at 11:00AM: If you want to beat the heat this summer, there's no better way to do that than to explore a cool and beautiful cave. Missouri is one of the best states to see them. A combination of lots of limestone and plenty of water has honeycombed the state with some 6,000 caves, from tiny little crawl spaces to grand and glorious show caves. One of the most popular is Meramec Caverns in Stanton,...

Alcatraz Marks 50th Anniversary Of Famous Escape

Alcatraz Marks 50th Anniversary Of Famous Escape Jun 12th, 2012 at 2:00PM: They said Alcatraz was escape-proof, but 50 years ago yesterday, three prisoners made an ingenious break out, paddled out into the cold waters of San Francisco Bay and disappeared. On June 11, 1962, Frank Morris and brothers Clarence and John Anglin were ready to bust out of prison. Over the past year they had patiently chipped away at the air vents in their respective cells with spoons. At...

Civil War Ballooning Revived This Memorial Day Weekend

Civil War Ballooning Revived This Memorial Day Weekend May 25th, 2012 at 2:30PM: During the Civil War, the clashing armies used many new technologies to try to gain an advantage. One military innovation was the balloon. Although the first balloon ascent had taken place in France in 1783 and the French army had already used them in battle as early as 1794, military aviation was still in its infancy and the United States and Confederacy became the second and third countries...

Photo Of The Day: Lincoln Memorial

Photo Of The Day: Lincoln Memorial May 13th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Whether you haven't yet been, or you've visited it many times, Washington's Lincoln Memorial never fails to inspire and amaze. Today's photo, by Flickr user Christian Carollo Photography, provides a unique angle on this most famous of American monuments. The photo's black and white color palette, artful use of light and shadow and interesting "behind the pillars" angle creates a feeling of...

Visiting Ford's Theatre, Where Lincoln Got Assassinated

Visiting Ford's Theatre, Where Lincoln Got Assassinated May 11th, 2012 at 11:00AM: On April 14, 1865, a few days after Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia, John Wilkes Booth finally decided to do something for the Confederacy. The famous actor had supported the South from the start, but he had spent the entire Civil War in the North, playing to packed theaters and making lots of money. Now that the war was winding down, he felt he needed to take a stand....

National Park Service Launches New Civil War Website

National Park Service Launches New Civil War Website Apr 12th, 2012 at 8:00AM: On April 12, 1861, exactly 151 years ago today, Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina officially igniting the American Civil War. What followed was four years of brutal fighting that would not only decide the fate of over 4 million slaves, but also the very future of the nation. That war left an indelible mark on American history and culture that is felt to this day and many of...

National Portrait Gallery Opens Two Civil War Exhibits

National Portrait Gallery Opens Two Civil War Exhibits Mar 31st, 2012 at 10:00AM: The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., is commemorating the Civil War with two new exhibits. "The Confederate Sketches of Adalbert Volck" looks at the work of a rebel dentist who became one of the Confederacy's leading political cartoonists. Unlike most German immigrants, who sided with the Union, Volck was an active rebel who not only fought the Union with his pen, but also...

New Civil War museum at Appomattox features General Lee's sword and uniform

New Civil War museum at Appomattox features General Lee's sword and uniform Mar 26th, 2012 at 10:00AM: As we reported a year ago, a new Civil War museum has been under construction at Appomattox, Virginia. It is a branch of Richmond's Museum of the Confederacy and will commemorate the surrender of General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and the aftermath of the Civil War. Now the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox is almost complete and will open March 31. Among the displays are...

Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass to be reenacted in New Mexico

Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass to be reenacted in New Mexico Mar 21st, 2012 at 2:30PM: The Battle of Glorieta Pass, the most important battle of the Civil War in the Southwest, will be reenacted this weekend in New Mexico. This important battle took place on March 26 and 28, 1862, but the reenactment will take place on the weekend of March 24 and 25. A Confederate army under General Henry Hopkins Sibley had marched out of Texas to take what was then the New Mexico Territory....

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