Civil War 150 - Richmond to Appomattox
When the breastworks of the Petersburg defenses were breached for the final time, it had been four years of long hard war. When the fires burned in Richmond for the days that followed, it signalled that the end of the war was nigh. For the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, the weeks of Petersburg to Richmond to Appomattox lasted barely more than a week, April 1 to April 12, and visitors saw those domino towns fall; Petersburg, Richmond, Sailors Creek, and Appomattox.
National Park Service 100th Anniversary Events
Coming soon to a park, well, to about fifty-three parks across the USA, in the days from August 25, 2015 through the anniversary year itself of 2016, will be events to celebrate each park and the NPS. Most of these special celebrations, walks, ranger tours, and talks are still being planned, and we, at America's Best History, will keep you up to date when they're made. Check out what we know now and stop back as we update the events when the parks reveal their dates and times.
History Site of the Month
If you're looking for a great place to let your mind wander back to a time long ago, 600 A.D. or so, then the spectacular mesas and dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo people perched on the cliffs of Mesa Verde are a good place to start. With dwellings high in the mountains, many which require a climb up ladders, you can imagine the Indian culture that lasted in the area for seven hundred years, and the situation that the inhabitants of these homes lived in. They built these homes for protection. They built these homes for heritage. They built these Colorado homes using the natural wonders of the region in summer and winter, without the need for a heater and worry about middle eastern oil prices.
New ABH Page
It was a bold plan, a necessary plan, and probably the only plan that Robert E. Lee could have devised during the summer of 1864 that might have worked. While General Grant pursued Lee in a relentless series of battles in the spring and prepared to siege the Confederacy around Petersburg and Richmond, Robert E. had to devise a strategy to take the pressure off the main body of the Confederate Army. So he sent General Early through the Shenandoah Valley and toward Washington, D.C. If he could capture the capital or at least threaten it, Ulysses would have to divert his attention away from Richmond. And it almost worked, if it weren't for the Battle of Monocacy.
Spotlight on Lesser Known History
Cornwall Iron Furnace.
You've just popped up from Gettysburg and spent a day plus at Hershey, but there's time on the agenda for a small something to do, but what should you do? The rides have you dizzy and something calm and historic might just fit the bill. Well, not even one half hour away to the east, in a small town that in many ways seems to forget it has a historic site, sits the Cornwall Iron Furnace.
Historic Site News and Info
More Huts at Valley Forge - June 2015
Valley Forge NHP, Friends of Valley Forge, and Ocean Construction Co. are building four new huts, with interpretive exhibits, at the Muhlenberg hut site. Cost of construction $122,000. Washington's men may have done it cheaper, but then wood was a whole lot less expensive in the 1770s. More
July 3, 2015 - Even more new coming to Gettysburg this August. A museum so unique! So interesting! You just won't believe it! More coming soon.
May 14, 2015 - Grand opening held at new Gettysburg Heritage Museum.
May 1, 2015 - Funding has now been granted to complete the restoration of Ziegler's Grove and the Cemetery Hill area to the 1863 appearance.
Check out more about our coverage of the three Changes in Gettysburg.
Battle of Williamsburg Preservation - March 2015
Anheuser Busch Company has donated 65 acres to the Civil War Trust for a future Battle of Williamsburg park. The Battle of Williamsburg occurred on May 5, 1862, an early and first major battle of the Peninsula Campaign. The battle was fought between 73,000 troops. There is currently no park dedicated to this battle with only one acre saved prior to the donation. More
American Revolution Site Preservation
Want to read more about what's going on on the American Revolution preservation front, checked out more here.
News About Us
America's Best History and our Ellis Island page has been mentioned in an article and list on immigrant stories. Ellis Island, the processing center for many of our forefathers, contains an amazing history of how our country blossomed during the late 1900s through the mid-20th century.
Americans Getting Their GED
As the demand for more experience grows, more American's are going back to school or earning their GED. Only a few websites offer any free GED practice while others like GEDtest.net provide innovative new study kits to help prepare individuals for the actual GED test.
Save Historic Sites
Although the recent economic climate has curbed some of the troubles in preserving historic sites and lands with slower development growth, the problem of preservation funding is now in the fore even more. Get involved, contact the various organizations in your local community or an organization like the Civil War Preservation Trust and the National Parks Conservation Organization. Expanded gambling legislation has now passed the PA legislature, allowing two new future opportunities for a Gettysburg gambling proposal to reapply for a license. Time to redouble your efforts to stop any future casino effort that might come and promote a ban on any new casinos within 10 miles of a National Military Park, currently being considered at the state level. Contact your federal congressman or Senator and ask them to propose such a ban.
Want some baseball stat history, then check out the folks at Baseball Evaluation and the Stat Geek Baseball series of books and info. Yes, these are the people who brought you PEVA, the Performance Evaluation Stat that's tied to payroll. And their two books on baseball history; Stat Geek Baseball, the Best Ever Book, and Field of Gold, Baseball's Best Glove Work are a treat for all baseball fanatics. Check them out.