Author Archives: Andrew Wojtanik

Henry Hill Loop Trail (Manassas National Battlefield Park, VA)

– Civil War Series – The climax of the First Battle of Manassas took place on Henry Hill, a grassy pasture west of Bull Run and north of Manassas Junction, Virginia—the object of Union attack. On the afternoon of July … Continue reading

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Matthews Hill Loop Trail (Manassas National Battlefield Park, VA)

– Civil War Series – The Civil War’s First Battle of Manassas comprised two major engagements: a Union victory at Matthews Hill in the morning, and a Union defeat at Henry Hill in the afternoon. With Gen. Irvin McDowell’s Federal … Continue reading

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Stone Bridge Loop Trail (Manassas National Battlefield Park, VA)

– Civil War Series – The Stone Bridge at Virginia’s Manassas National Battlefield Park was the site of the first action of the First Battle of Manassas on July 21, 1861. Destroyed during the war, the bridge has been reconstructed, … Continue reading

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Sudley Loop Trail (Manassas National Battlefield Park, VA)

– Civil War Series – On July 19, 1861—two days before the Civil War’s First Battle of Manassas—Union General Irwin McDowell dispatched John G. Barnard, his chief engineer, to identify a suitable place for thousands of Federal soldiers, horses, and … Continue reading

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Fort Sumter (Fort Sumter National Monument, SC)

– Civil War Series – On April 12, 1861—after decades of fierce debate over slavery—South Carolina Confederates kicked off the Civil War with a barrage of fire on Union-held Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. Surrounded, outgunned, and short on supplies, … Continue reading

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Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument, SC)

– Revolutionary War Series – – Civil War Series – Fort Moultrie—built to defend South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor—has played an important role in several of America’s conflicts. First, under the leadership of Revolutionary Colonel William Moultrie, it fought off a … Continue reading

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Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, SC

– Revolutionary War Series – Charles Pinckney National Historic Site in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina commemorates the life of a “forgotten founder” who helped shape the American political system following the Revolutionary War. Most famous for writing 25 clauses of … Continue reading

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North Pier Trail (Fort Pulaski National Monument, GA)

– Civil War Series – While the fort itself steals the show, Georgia’s Fort Pulaski National Monument also contains a handful of hiking trails. Among the easiest (and mostly wheelchair-accessible) is the North Pier Trail, a 6/10-mile stem-and-loop which begins … Continue reading

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Fort Pulaski (Fort Pulaski National Monument, GA)

– Civil War Series – An imposing structure with walls 11 feet thick, Fort Pulaski was widely regarded at the start of the Civil War as an impenetrable fortress guarding Savannah, Georgia from a Federal naval attack. The U.S. Chief … Continue reading

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Fort McAllister (Fort McAllister State Historic Park, GA)

– Civil War Series – Roughly a 40-minute drive south of Savannah, Georgia, Fort McAllister State Historic Park preserves one of the country’s best remaining examples of a Civil War earthwork fortification. Constructed early in the war, Fort McAllister occupied … Continue reading

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