A Visit to Historic Long Branch

A Visit to Historic Long Branch

There’s no better way to see history than on horseback, and I had just that opportunity on Sunday, thanks to a ride sponsored by the Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area. Despite the heat and the loudness of the 17-year-brood of cicadas, it was a great day for seeing the...
The spark that ignited a sacred tradition

The spark that ignited a sacred tradition

Civil War Decoration Day Many towns claim the honor of being the first to celebrate Memorial Day, but according to the Library of Congress, Decoration Day preceded our modern day Memorial Day by many years, with one of the first taking place in Columbus, Miss., on...
A hero’s death in May

A hero’s death in May

May is a beautiful month, but in Civil War history, it is also a sad one. The South lost both Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and General J.E.B. Stuart in May, one year apart. If you venture off I-95 near Fredericksburg, you can visit the site that was, until...
Revolutionary War heroine

Revolutionary War heroine

I love stories about women who made significant contributions to American history, so when I visited Walnut Grove Plantation in Roebuck, S.C.,I was happy to get to learn about Catherine “Kate” Barry, a heroine of the American Revolutionary War. As you can see from the...
Forgotten Battlefield: Monterey Pass

Forgotten Battlefield: Monterey Pass

Although I live less than 10 miles away, I have to admit I had never visited the Monterey Pass Battlefield Park site until this week. Now that I’ve explored it, I will be recommending this hidden treasure to anyone who visits Gettysburg. It’s about 20...