Archive for September, 2013

Photo Gallery of Chickamauga Battlefield

September 21, 2013 with No Comments and Posted in Civil War by

Brotherton Cabin

Landscape from the Wilder Brigade Monument

You can view all the photos on our Google+ album. They were taken during the production of our Victory of the Union series, available December 2013.

Battle of Chickamauga

September 20, 2013 with No Comments and Posted in Civil War by

Today is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga, the greatest Confederate victory in the west, during the Civil War. One Union soldier wrote this of Patrick Cleburne’s attack on the first day of fighting:

On they come, in the very face of fire and lead, until the strike the right of our regiment… but when too close to load and fire, the rebels were clubbed over the head and checked for the moment, while, instinctively, both sides recoiled a few steps without breaking the lines, and with that cool, deliberate determination and recklessness which characterizes all soldiers after breathing an atmosphere strongly impregnated with powder smoke, these deadly foes practiced the art of loading and firing in a manner that I believe was never surpassed on any battle field during the rebellion.

View the coverage of the battle of the Civil War 150th blog.

Interview with “Colonel” Bill Henderson

September 14, 2013 with No Comments and Posted in World War II by

This past week “Colonel” Bill Henderson, World War II Marine veteran, passed away. He was interviewed for the documentary, League of Grateful Sons. Watch him talk about his experiences in this video.

John Brown’s Rifle

September 13, 2013 with No Comments and Posted in Civil War by

John Brown’s Rifle

This Sharps rifle, one of two on display in the Smithsonian History Museum in Washington, DC, was carried by John Brown during the fighting in Bleeding Kansas before the Civil War. It has no maker’s marks, but we are told it was carried by Brown in his campaign in 1856. In Kansas Brown perpetrated what would today be called terrorism. He pulled men from their homes in the middle of the night and killed them in cold blood. He wished to arm southern slaves with weapons like this one, and lead them to start a new nation in the south.

Learn more about John Brown and his raids on our DVD series, Causes of the Civil War

Jackson’s Map of Chancellorsville

September 10, 2013 with No Comments and Posted in Civil War by

Jackson’s map. Photo Credit.

One of the greatest artifacts from the Battle of Chancellorsville is this rough map of the area, done on Stonewall Jackson’s own hand. It is not known when he drew it, but some believe it was in preparation for his famous flank attack on May 2nd, 1863. This was one of the few souvenir Robert E. Lee kept from the war, and he pasted in a biography of Jackson with a copy of the general’s signature.

Read more about this map on Mysteries and Conundrums, the blog of the Fredericksburg NPS staff.

Gettysburg 150th – Pickett’s Charge

September 9, 2013 with No Comments and Posted in Weekly Video by

The most famous fighting from the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 occurred in the climax of the battle, what is known as Pickett’s Charge. In an all out attempt to break the Union line, Robert E. Lee hurled three divisions from his army against the Union force. This video was shot at the Blue Gray Alliance’s commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg, where over 10,000 reenactors came out to commemorate the battle.

Weapons in the Governor’s Palace

September 5, 2013 with No Comments and Posted in War for Independence by

Swords and pistols on the walls of the governor’s palace in Williamsburg, VA. They showed the power and might of the royal government.

Williamsburg Governor’s Palace

September 5, 2013 with No Comments and Posted in War for Independence by

Reconstruction of the palace of the royal governor in Wiliamsburg, Virginia. During colonial times it was the seat of royal power in Virginia.

Captain John Smith

September 5, 2013 with No Comments and Posted in Colonization by

Captain John Smith

The water front of Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English speaking settlement in the New World, is dominated by a statue of Captain John Smith – adventurer, world traveler, soldier, explorer, and the man who made that settlement possible.