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Partners and Progress: Bringing 1863 Back to Life at Gettysburg

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By Joy M. Oakes, Senior Director, Mid-Atlantic Region Twenty years ago, a 307-foot-high observation tower loomed over the historic battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Utility lines laced the sky, Civil War-era artillery carriages rusted in the fields, and the “Home, Sweet Home” motel welcomed overnight guests on the fields of Pickett’s Charge. Visitors crammed the park visitor center and parking lots [...]

Posted on: April 7 2014
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Trivia Challenge: Guess This Park-Inspired Poet

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Q: What famed 19th century poet was inspired to serve as a nurse during the Civil War after spending time at Chatham Manor at what is now the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park?   A: Leaves of Grass author Walt Whitman (1819-1892) arrived at Chatham Manor, a makeshift Civil War hospital, in December of 1862. He was in search of [...]

Posted on: April 2 2014
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Saving a Piece of History at Harpers Ferry: Partners Protect Four Threatened Acres

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By Joy M. Oakes, Senior Director, Mid-Atlantic Regional Office Today, NPCA and our partners announced an exciting milestone at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia. We helped purchase four acres of private land significant to the park’s Civil War and civil rights history so that these parcels can be incorporated into the national park and preserved forever. Protecting [...]

Posted on: December 16 2013
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This Month’s Featured National Heritage Area: Journey Through Hallowed Ground Commemorates Our National History

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By Shuan Butcher, Director of Communications, Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide swath of land stretching from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia. This unparalleled historic, cultural, and natural landscape includes: Nine presidential homes 30 historic Main Street communities 13 national park units Two [...]

Posted on: November 19 2013
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Preserve Historic Station at Gettysburg

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By Theresa Pierno, Acting President of NPCA The small train station was only about four years old when it was pressed into service during Robert E. Lee’s invasion of the North in July 1863. The western terminus of the Gettysburg Railroad was first used as a field hospital, as so many places were while the battle raged nearby. Later, more [...]

Posted on: September 11 2013
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