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This Day in the War: 3/23

Sunday, March 23, 1862
Gen. Thomas J. Jackson’s men had marched 26 miles yesterday. Today they got up early, marched until 2 p.m., and went straight into the Battle of Kernstown. As might be expected, given that they were not only tired but outnumbered anywhere from 3-1 to 5-1 depending on who you [...]

‘It is a piece of my family history’

An 1863 Bible, originally belonging to a Union soldier, was stolen from an office in Tinicum.
As a Union Army soldier during the Civil War, James Brown was given a Bible.
The Newtown man used the Holy Book to keep a day-to-day account of his experiences, writing on the blank pages and around the text about the [...]

U.S. Representative Norm Dicks receives lifetime achievement award from Civil War Preservation Trust

During a ceremony yesterday on Capitol Hill, the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) honored Evergreen State Congressman Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) with its Lifetime Achievement in Historic Preservation Award, recognizing his outstanding commitment to protecting America’s vanishing past.  The award was conferred by CWPT president James Lighthizer during an evening reception on Capitol Hill.  The event [...]

New Firearms Law Takes Effect Today

A change in federal law that goes into effect today allows firearms in many national parks. People who can legally possess firearms under federal and state law can now possess those firearms in the national parks in that state. 
The new law (Sec. 512 of P.L. 111-24) was passed by Congress and signed last May by [...]

Tyler County soldiers are honored

From 1861 to 1865 courageous Tyler County men left their jobs, homes and families to stand up for their beliefs and do their part in the American Civil War. All told, approximately 31,884 soldiers from West Virginia fought for the Union, or the north, with another 18,642 West Virginian’s, choosing to do battle on the [...]

Lincoln’s birthday events planned in Springfield

(All free and open to the public, unless noted)
– Special artifacts on display in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum plaza, including:
– A desk and bookcase made by Thomas Lincoln; a five-volume set, “Life of George Washington,” owned by Mary Lincoln; a bronzed-plaster sculpture, “The Council of War,” that was owned by Robert Lincoln and depicts [...]

This Day in the War: 01/13/10

Monday, Jan. 13, 1862
In a follow-up to the resignation of Simon Cameron, Lincoln named Edwin M. Stanton as the new Secretary of War. Cameron was named Minister to Russia, replacing Cassius Marcellus Clay. Stanton was a prominent Washington lawyer, having served previously as Attorney General during the Buchanan Administration. The council of [...]

CWPT Statement on Walmart

The Orange County Board of Supervisors today approved a proposal to build 240,000-square feet of big box retail on the Wilderness Battlefield. James Lighthizer, president of the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT), issued the following statement in the wake of the vote:
“I am deeply disappointed by today’s vote. The Orange County Board of Supervisors had [...]

Barn Theatre relives history through emotions of “The Civil War”

It’s a word that Barn Theatre owner Brendan Ragotzy used time and again to describe the musical production of “The Civil War,” and it seems to fit the bill.
Requiring a large and ethnically diverse cast to pull off the dozens of songs about one of the most pivotal and brutal periods in American history, it’s [...]

Capitol Park trees commemorate Civil War

Pulled from some of the nation’s bloodiest battlefields, these silent centenarians have kept watch over Capitol Park for decades as living symbols of peace.
Until recently, they’ve done so all but anonymously.
Monday, trees in the Civil War Memorial Grove received some long-overdue recognition.
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