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Beaver Dam Creek Trail (Richmond National Battlefield Park, VA)

– Civil War Series – The Battle of Beaver Dam Creek—also known as the Battle of Mechanicsville or Ellerson’s Mill—is widely remembered today for being General Robert E. Lee’s debut as commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. With the … Continue reading

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Drewry’s Bluff Trail (Richmond National Battlefield Park, VA)

– Civil War Series – As Union gunboats approached Richmond, the Confederate capital, on the morning of May 15, 1862, they were greeted with a hail of heavy artillery fire from what would come to be known as Drewry’s Bluff, … Continue reading

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Road to First Manassas Driving Tour

– Civil War Series – At the start of the Civil War in 1861, both the Union and the Confederacy foresaw a quick conflict, expecting to be done fighting by summer’s end. Politicians in the North believed the Federal Army … Continue reading

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Seneca Greenway – Seneca Bluffs Trail Loop (Seneca Creek State Park, MD)

Montgomery County’s Seneca Creek State Park offers quiet isolation in one of Maryland’s most densely populated areas, particularly the park’s wild southern section. Here two moderate paths—the Seneca Greenway Trail and Seneca Bluffs Trail—snake through the Seneca Creek stream valley … Continue reading

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General Grant National Memorial, NY

– Civil War Series – General Grant National Memorial, the largest mausoleum in North America, is situated in a quiet and beautiful corner of New York City and commemorates the life of Civil War hero and 18th US President Ulysses … Continue reading

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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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