Tag Archives: Civil War

A new Civil War gem in Washington D.C.

I finally managed to visit a new historic site in Washington D.C, one I’ve walked by hundreds of times. It only became “official” in July 2015 when it opened to the public. But the narrow brick rowhouse has been standing … Continue reading

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One of George Washington’s churches

Three churches in northern Virginia are usually associated with George Washington: Pohick Church near Lorton, Christ Church in Alexandria, and the Falls Church in the city that was named for it. All remain active churches today and their exteriors have … Continue reading

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Bob Sutton: My favorite history site

Welcome to an occasional new feature of Historyplaces called Our Favorite Sites where I ask public historians to talk about their favorite history sites and share some of the challenges they face presenting history to visitors. Bob Sutton is Chief Historian … Continue reading

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One of the most powerful historic views

  With a little imagination, the power of place is palpable. Looking out over the tranquil fields today, a visitor to Gettysburg National Military Park can see the long line of gray soldiers moving forward and hear the pounding of … Continue reading

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President Lincoln’s cottage

I sometimes think that every major historic site has been identified and there cannot possibly be any that have been overlooked. I’m wrong, of course. I recently visited a President Lincoln site that has only been open to the public … Continue reading

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The Grand Army sign

My friend and I were on our way back to Boston after a trip to Maine and stopped in Newburyport, Massachusetts for a lunch break. I’d been there once before and had made a mental note that it was a … Continue reading

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A small Virginia farm

I love when I unexpectedly discover a new history site that’s in my backyard. Recently a friend suggested we visit Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, Virginia. I’d heard of it, but didn’t know anything about it. Located an hour … Continue reading

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The President is shot!

April 14, 1865. After four bloody years the Civil War is all but over. President and Mrs. Lincoln ride to Ford’s Theatre, arriving about twenty minutes after the show has started. While they try to sneak in, it is impossible. The … Continue reading

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Annie Leibovitz and history places

I recently visited a fascinating exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington. The museum itself is a history place in that the building it shares with the National Portrait Gallery is one of the most historic and beautiful … Continue reading

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The other Lincoln memorial in Washington

Since this is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, it seems appropriate to write about a memorial to him in Washington, D.C. No, not the famous one shown in movies, but one that has become misunderstood over time. Lincoln Park sits twelve blocks east … Continue reading

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