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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 […]

Leap Year Day, 29 February 1864

| February 29, 2012

On 29 February 1864, bad news was received from several war fronts and H. Judson Kilpatrick was leading a secret mission to free Union prisoners being held at Richmond – a mission that would end in total failure. One “Leap Year” occurred during the Civil War.  The extra day was added during 1864 – on […]

Pennsylvania Regimental Designations – Naming and Numbering

| February 9, 2012

Pennsylvania regiments that served in the Civil War used a numbering system that is sometimes confusing to those not familiar with the practices in place at the time the war began and the practices that evolved as the war continued.  The first regiments that met the call of President Abraham Lincoln were formed for only […]