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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 […]

Seminary Ridge Museum: Gettysburg, PA

| June 27, 2013

Located on the grounds of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the Seminary Ridge Museum is destined to become another part of the community devoted to commemorating the battle that once took place there. High atop the western flank of the town of Gettysburg lies the Museum, its majestic brick architecture topped with a […]

A Visit to Winchester, VA

| June 25, 2013

Few towns are as full of Civil War history as the small, but memorable Winchester, Virginia. Today, the county seat of Frederick County sits at the confluence of several major roads, just as the town did during its Civil War years. War came to Winchester in 1862, 1863, and 1864. The historic courthouse in the […]