What's going on to protect and interpret American Revolution
historic sites. Great news on two interesting fronts!
Also, check out our coverage of the 3 Changes in Gettysburg.
150th Anniversary Civil War - 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. And a surrender would ensue, in ceremony high on emotion and wrought with history. It was meaningful, and it was fantastic! Find out more by checking out our coverage of the events of those days.
History Site of the Month
It towers over the Mississppi River on the west side of the expanse, today causing visitors and residents who cross the large river to view it as a symbol. For most, it is a symbol known as the Gateway Arch, or the Gateway to the West. In reality, it is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the park service unit that tells one part of the story of western expansion from the shores of St. Louis, which played such a large part in the migration of trappers, the Army, settlers, and pioneers. Above lithograph from 1855 of a panoramic view of St. Louis, the Mississippi River, steamboats, trains, and wagons on their way west. This was the scene they saw when approaching the site now holding the arch. To them, it was the beginning of their journey, and a site so awesome, that it would take the better part of years and decades to accomplish both the journey and settlement.
New ABH Page
The Civil War in 1864 was undergoing a significant shift and that shift was taking place in three predominant regions of the eastern theater. Ulysses S. Grant, new head of the army in the east, wanted action, and he directed three generals to make that plan work. We know more about the first two; General Meade with Grant in tow fighting large battles from the Wilderness to Spotsylvania to Richmond and Peterburg, Sherman marching through Atlanta to the sea, and the third, the Shenandoah Valley Campaign that kept Jubal Early and the Confederates from capturing Washington. The Battle of Cedar Creek was the last of the Shenandoah Valley conflicts; it would end the Confederate surge from that third of the 1864 landscape.
Spotlight on Lesser Known History
Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Historic Site, Rice, Virginia.
Check out the site of one of the most important battles in the retreat of Lee's Army from Richmond.
Historic Site News and Info
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
New National Monuments - February 2015
Three new National Monuments were named by President Obama; Pullman Historic Site, which chronicles the planned community byt the Pullman Railroad Car Company in Chicago, which employed many African-American workers; Browns Canyon, & Honouliuli NM, Hawaii. The naming of the National Monuments has rekindled a controversy over the Antiquities Act, which allow a President to preserve historic and natural treasure without the input of Congress. This act has been in place since 1906 and the days of Teddy Roosevelt. It has protected such places as the Grand Canyon.
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.