Artillery Capt. William Hawley was wounded at Monocacy. The New Yorker's conserved kepi and frock coat will be part of revamped park museum in Md.
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by Phil Gast
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Capt. Hawley's frock coat and kepi in a 2nd-floor exhibit at Monocacy (NPS photo) A mended kepi belonging to a New York artilleryman wounded at Monocacy has been returned to the Maryland battlefield ahead of a planned overhaul of its museum. Capt. William Hawley, Company E, 9th New York Heavy Artillery, was wounded in the arm on July 9, 1864. His hat and frock coat have been on display at Monocacy National Battlefield near Frederick since 2007. Tracy Evans, acting chief or resource education and visitor services at the park, said Caring for Textiles of Washington, D.C., patched 10 sma ..read more
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Battle of Chancellorsville artifacts that were on renamed Navy missile cruiser will now be displayed at Spotsylvania County's museum
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by Phil Gast
1w ago
Sword, box of artifacts and Civil War saddle for years were on USS Chancellorsville (now USS Robert Smalls) One year after the U.S. Navy changed the name of a guided-missile cruiser from USS Chancellorsville to USS Robert Smalls, numerous artifacts from the Battle of Chancellorsville that were formerly displayed on the warship have been returned to a Virginia community. Spotsylvania County officials requested the Navy return items donated years ago by the Friends of the USS Chancellorsville. “We are grateful artifacts previously displayed aboard the former USS Chancellorsville have f ..read more
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I've always thought George Meade's slouch hat was awesome. We asked experts to weigh in on it and five other iconic Meade items kept at Gettysburg
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by Phil Gast
2w ago
Courtesy of Gettysburg Foundation, from the collection of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia CWMP 86.13.33, Slouch hat; Meade photos Library of Congress and National Archives If I ever get around to writing “Cool Hats of the Civil War,” my top choice (spoiler alert!) will go to Union Maj. Gen. George Meade’s slouch hat, followed closely by those of Ambrose E. Burnside and J.E.B. Stuart. While the hero of Gettysburg and commander of the Army of Potomac is sadly overshadowed by many in the pantheon of Civil War commanders, Meade and his hat will always stand tall to me. There are grea ..read more
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Repairs on Pemberton's Headquarters at Vicksburg finally moving full steam ahead. This is where the general stayed in last months of the siege
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by Phil Gast
3w ago
Workers are doing a total rebuild of the home's front porch (NPS photos) After delays due to a redesign and the availability of quality wood, workers have finished the roof and are rebuilding the deteriorated front porch of Confederate Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton’s headquarters in Vicksburg, Ms., officials said. In December, crews finished repairing the roof the Willis-Cowan House, Vicksburg National Military Park recently announced regarding the major rehabilitation project on the dwelling. Porch work is expected to be completed by summer. Pemberton used the home on Crawford Street as ..read more
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Vandals target six signs, earthworks and wood fencing along trail leading to summit at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
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by Phil Gast
3w ago
Vandals destroyed or damaged six signs, several sections of split-rail fencing and caused minor damage to Civil War earthworks, said officials at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park northwest of Atlanta. Hikers on the Kennesaw Mountain Trail discovered the damage last Saturday morning, said Ray Hamel, chief of interpretation at the park. “There were no reports of vandalism from visitors or NPS personnel when the park closed Friday evening,” he said in an email. The destruction extended from approximately halfway up the mountain trail to the summit. (NPS photo at left) Regarding the sm ..read more
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Moving forward: Sultana Disaster Museum in Marion, Ark., signs construction contract for a larger venue about 1865 Mississippi River tragedy
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by Phil Gast
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Current design for front of museum (Courtesy Sultana Disaster Museum) Backers of a larger and dynamic museum about the Sultana maritime disaster at the end of the Civil War have taken a major step, signing a $6.389 million contract this week for construction of the Marion, Ark., venue. The contract with Zellner Construction of nearby Memphis, Tenn., involves renovating the 1939 high school gymnasium to repurpose it as a museum and to build an addition to the front of the museum for an auditorium and entry. “We are elated we have finally signed a construction contract,” said John Fogle ..read more
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Pennsylvania State Police want to know who dumped a replica Civil War revolver in trash can at a Gettysburg Walmart
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by Phil Gast
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This weapon was found in a store trash can in Gettysburg (Photo: Pennsylvania State Police) News outlets in portions of Pennsylvania this week wrote that a Civil War revolver was found Tuesday by a Walmart employee in Gettysburg while emptying a trash can in the parking lot. All of that is true – except for the fact that the weapon does not date to the war. It’s a replica made by an Italian company. An incident report filed by a Pennsylvania State Police trooper described the gun as a Pietta 1851 Confederate Navy Revolver (the short report does not include the words Civil War). Troope ..read more
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Gettysburg hopes Little Round Top will reopen before 161st anniversary events in early July. The site has undergone improvements over the past two years.
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by Phil Gast
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A new retaining wall is built at the 91st Pennsylvania monument (GNMP) Gettysburg National Military Park estimates Little Round Top will reopen to the public in late spring or early summer, nearly two years after a massive rehabilitation project began, according to a park spokesman. The popular site closed on July 26, 2022, to the disappointment of visitors who planned trips but welcomed by others who lauded the project. The hill is where Union forces fought off a furious Confederate assault on July 2, 1863, during the three-day battle in Pennsylvania. Park officials have said they ar ..read more
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Virginia's Henrico County has bought a James River parcel rich with history. Now it will decide how to tell the story of the Civil War, enslaved people and colonial days
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by Phil Gast
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Varina plantation home, cannonballs in wall and Benjamin Butler (Henrico Co. and Library of Congress) Bald eagles, ducks and geese routinely take flight near a weathered two-story brick home that sits on a sloping hill southeast of Richmond. The dwelling has a circle driveway on one side and a view of the James River on the other. Fields that have been tilled for generations lie just to the north and west. For all its bucolic setting, Varina Farms, or Varina on the James, has another facet: history as deep and rich as the soil. The former plantation is considered the birthplace of Hen ..read more
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Brace yourself as we update you on U.S.S. Monitor mystery maker's mark and explain how two rods stabilized its remarkable revolving turret
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by Phil Gast
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Braces under, near guns in recovered turret (top); rendering of them with crew (MMP, Andy Hall) The 600-page “Drawings of the U.S.S. Monitor, published in 1985, depicts the venerable Civil War ironclad from practically every angle. Scores of sketches demonstrate the exacting work of the draftsmen – with some components drawn to the inch. “To the men who had the imagination, knowledge and skill to produce these drawings and the Monitor,” reads the dedication. I continue to marvel at the design and engineering skills of those who made the vessel that changed naval warfare in a single ba ..read more
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