Civil War lecture series set

A month-long lecture series, “1861:  Virginia Prepares for War,” begins this week in Abingdon.  It is sponsored by the Arts Array of Virginia Highlands Community College in conjunction with the Washington County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and will be held free of charge every Thursday night in February in the Executive Auditorium of the Southwest [...]

Prince William-Manassas Selected as Destination for Major Civil War Tour Organized by Filmmaker Ken Burns

A highly-anticipated Civil War-related tour created by award-winning documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, is headed to Prince William County, Virginia this year, thanks in part to efforts by the Prince William-Manassas Convention & Visitors Bureau and local tourism partners.
The 2011 Tauck Civil War Event Tour, created by Burns and collaborator Dayton Duncan and organized by Tauck [...]

Parks chief praises Walmart

The National Park Service’s chief is among those praising the world’s largest retailer for deciding not to build a Supercenter at the Wilderness.
National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis reacted to Walmart’s abandonment of plans for a 143,000-square-foot store a cannon-shot from Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
“Walmart has crafted a solution where battlefield resources and [...]

Civil War Conversations take place in Downtown Appomattox

When it comes to discussion about the Civil War, National Park Service interpreter Mike Brennan challenges people to think.
“One of my jobs is to make you think,” Brennan explained during an informal discussion about the secession of states on Jan. 12 at Baine’s Books and Coffee.

Reaction to Walmart’s decision to seek a new site for Supercenter in Orange.

“By withdrawing the current proposal, the company has created an opportunity for all parties to work together to find an appropriate solution–one that will allow Walmart to pursue development
“It is a very historic site. In the litigation, the county had taken the position that nothing of importance happened on that site.

Walmart decision to withdraw plan for Supercenter in Wilderness battlefield area brings stunning end to lawsuit

Walmart abruptly withdrew its plans yesterday for a Supercenter in the Wilderness battlefield area, leaving preservationists rejoicing, Orange County officials shocked and the retail giant looking for another site in the area.
The surprise announcement came yesterday morning as lawyers prepared to begin the second day of pre-trial hearings in a lawsuit challenging the county’s approval [...]


– In an unexpected development, Walmart announced this morning that it has abandoned plans to pursue a special use permit previously awarded to the retail giant for construction of a supercenter on the Wilderness Battlefield.  The decision came as the trial in a legal challenge seeking to overturn the special use permit was scheduled to [...]

Will historian be allowed to testify?

The Orange County Board of Supervisors wants to keep history out of the Wilderness Walmart dispute, and instead focus on local land-use issues in the high-profile case that starts today in circuit court.
Last week, the board’s attorneys filed a motion to quash the testimony of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson. He is among several national [...]

Scanning the area for Civil War history

You had to look closely to find the signature, grouped among a number of others at the bottom of a Virginia Military Institute diploma: “T.J. Jackson, Prof.”
“See?” said Paul Davis, pointing to a slight smudge just above Jackson’s name. “It looks like he started to sign on the wrong line and had to move down.”
And [...]

Fresh Looks at Familiar History: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

As far as historical accuracy goes, “The Birth of a Nation” earns a failing grade. The story it tells about the Civil War and the origin of the Ku Klux Klan is so warped a savvy high school student today might suspect it was produced recently by The Onion, as an astonishingly bad joke.
While the [...]