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Waving the White Flag

On this day, April 9th, 148 years ago Confederate General Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia laid down their weapons and surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in the small town of Appomattox, Virginia. Almost exactly four years before, on April 12, 1861, the Confederates had begun shooting on Fort Sumter, […]

I-295, Exit 31: Cold Harbor

When driving to and from school, I always note the number of battlefields I pass. There’s Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville up along I-95 in Northern Virginia, and when I hit I-295 outside of Richmond, I always note the sign for Cold Harbor. Due to its central location and the fact that Washington D.C. was caught between […]

Black Knight vs. Black Knight

Founded during the Revolutionary War at the urging of General George Washington, the fortress at West Point, NY, has stood guard over the Hudson River since its construction in 1778. The fort officially became the United States Military Academy in 1802, and has since been producing officers well versed in military leadership and a variety […]

Charleston, The Citadel, & The Civil War’s First Shots (Part 1)

Charleston, South Carolina is a city rich with beautiful architecture, mouth watering Southern cooking, and gorgeous weather almost year round.  But all of that is trumped by the illustrious history of this southern gem. Certainly Charleston is most known for its Civil War history, but many houses and buildings date back to the Revolutionary era.  […]

Sumter Surrenders – Worden Captured

Again – from our wonderful friend Fran DuCoin: Of course, on this afternoon, Ft. Sumter surrenders and hostilities have begun starting the War. Gustavus Vasa Fox was not able to resupply the fort and is witness to the bombardment, which affects his opinion of Charleston for the rest of the war Also on this day, […]

On the Eve of Sumter

FORT SUMTER, S.C., April 12, 1861, 3:20 A.M. – SIR: By authority of Brigadier-General Beauregard, commanding the Provisional Forces of the Confederate States, we have the honor to notify you that he will open the fire of his batteries on Fort Sumter in one hour from this time. We have the honor to be very […]