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The Charter of the Kilpatrick G.A.R. Post of Millersburg

| March 2, 2014

The original charter of the Kilpatrick Post No. 212, G.A.R., is on display of the Historical Society of Millersburg and Upper Paxton Township at its museum in Millersburg, Pennsylvania (upper right). The above-shown display case contains many original Civil War related-items as well as reproductions including photographs of Civil War veterans.  The photographs at center-left […]

Ten Questions to Ask at Historic Sites

| January 16, 2014

Lies Across America -What Our Historical Sites Get Wrong, by James W. Loewen, published in 1999, is the sequel to Lies My Teacher Told Me.  In it, Loewen takes up from the historical distortions he revealed in the first book and shows how these distortions have manifested themselves in the “landscape” in the form of […]

Civil War Officer Commission – Daniel Chester – Discovery and Restoration of a Document

| December 3, 2013

In a shoebox filled with old receipts, letters and other ephemera a rather beat-up Civil War commission for the rank of First Lieutenant was found – for none other than Daniel Chester, believed to be the namesake of the G.A.R. Post at Williamstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  The document was discovered in  four large pieces and […]

Schifferstadt Architectural Museum

| July 2, 2013

Driving on Route 15 through western Maryland, you are crossing through some of the most important territory of the Civil War. This region played host to important campaigns in 1862, 1863 and 1864, and has earned its reputation as the Heart of the Civil War. Just off the Rosemont Avenue exit in the city of […]

Visiting South Mountain Battlefield

| June 29, 2013

South Mountain State Battlefield, a half hour drive from both Hagerstown and Frederick, should be a stop for any Civil War historian or novice. Located about 30 minutes away from both Frederick and Hagerstown, its a great place for combining hiking and history. Washington Monument State Park: Originally constructed in the early half of the […]