Category Archives: Battlefield Photo Essays

Fort Fisher State Historic Site – a photo essay

Early in the Civil War, Wilmington, North Carolina was recognized as an important port by the Confederate government. To protect the port, CSA Major Charles P. Bolles began construction of Fort Fisher in the spring of 1861. The original plans … Continue reading

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Bennett Place -a photo essay

I visited the historic Bennett Place, in Durham, North Carolina, this past July. Run by the state of North Carolina, it is a historic site that you need to visit if you are in the area. I was fortunate to … Continue reading

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Gettysburg National Military Park – a short photo essay

I was recently in south central Pennsylvania for a business trip. During this trip I took a vacation day and visited Gettysburg National Military Park. Having been there many times over the past several years, I visited several spots which … Continue reading

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Antietam National Military Park -a photo essay

In late May 2011, I had the opportunity to swing by the Antietam National Battlefield Park while on a business trip. By the time I reached the park, the sun was already beginning to set, as it was nearing 7:30 … Continue reading

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Battle of Picacho Pass -a photo essay

The Battle of Picacho Pass was not a battle by Civil War standards. It was not even a heavy skirmish action. It could probably best be described as the Affair at Picacho Pass. It is most commonly known as being … Continue reading

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Battle of Shiloh -149th Anniversary

Today is the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh. Fought from April 6-7, 1862 it was the most deadly battle fought by the United States up to that time. CSA General Albert Sidney Johnston’s Army of Mississippi attacked US … Continue reading

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Battle of Franklin – a short photo essay

My regular readers know that the Battle of Franklin is one of my favorites to study. Over the years the battle has begun to resonate with other Civil War students and its popularity has grown. The History Channel’s Civil War … Continue reading

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Spring Hill Battlefield – A Short Photo Essay

On November 29, 1864, CSA Lieutenant General John Bell Hood’s Army of Tennessee attempted to block US Major General John M. Schofield’s retreat route to Nashville. His goal was to place his army across the Franklin-Columbia Turnpike at Spring Hill, … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg National Battlefield -a photo essay

This week marks the 148th anniversary of the sanguinary Battle of Fredericksburg. Located approximately halfway between Washington City and Richmond, Fredericksburg would be the focal point of significant action during the American Civil War. In December 1862, US Major General … Continue reading

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Battle of First Bull Run (Manassas) – A Photo Essay

Today marks the 149th  anniversary of the First Battle of Bull Run.  With two months having past since the Confederate firing on Fort Sumter, President Lincoln had become impatient for action.  Having appointed US Brigadier General Irvin McDowell to command … Continue reading

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