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Steve Light
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The Sanctuary Cities of Slavery
Anthony Burns drawn by Barry from a daguerreotype by Whipple & Black;  John Andrews, sc. Source: Library of Congress On Wednesday, the President of the United States released an executive order to step up enforcement of immigration laws, and to take targete...

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The Power of Place: Germanna Ford
View of the Rapidan River at Germanna Ford Sometimes you can stand in a place and connect with a sense of its history. Yesterday, I felt this power of place when I visited Germanna Ford on the Rapidan River for the first time. As I stood overlooking the str...

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Stumbling into Civil War History in Shenandoah National Park
We've made efforts to preserve parts of our history through monuments, interpretive markers, historic houses, battlefield parks, and museums. Yet our preservation and commemoration efforts are often narrowly selective. Sometimes the past remains hidden in p...

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The Meaning of Memorial Day
Fredericksburg National Cemetery Each year on this weekend, I'm reminded of the powerful message of Memorial Day. This morning, I thought about twenty-year-old Corporal William G. Smith , who was instantly killed with a bullet to the head while charging the...

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Debate Continues Over St. Louis Confederate Memorial
My wife and I spent some time this holiday season visiting her family in St. Louis. While visiting the Missouri History Museum this week, we passed by the Confederate Memorial in Forest Park. Over the past year, this monument has generated a fair amount of ...

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The American History Guys discuss Confederate Symbols
Happy Holidays everyone. I haven't had much time to post much in 2015, but I'm still here! I'm late to the game on this, but if you haven't already listened to  this BackStory with the American History Guys show  on Confederate symbols, it's absolute must. ...

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Considering the Legacy of the War at Sunset
Last night I attended Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park's summertime Friday series, "History at Sunset." This week's excellent program, delivered by the park's chief historian, John Hennessy on the Spotsylvania battlefield, encouraged t...

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The First Confederate Flag Memorialized at Gettysburg
On July 3rd, 1887, twenty-four years after the battle, the first Confederate flag appeared on a monument on the Gettysburg battlefield. Erected at the Angle at the very center of the Union battle line, it honors the Army of the Potomac's First New York Inde...

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Photos - Fredericksburg National Cemetery Illumination
Last night, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park held it's 20th annual National Cemetery Illumination to commemorate Memorial Day. This wonderful event is a partnership involving Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and other helping hands (nearly 1,000...

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A Snowy Hike on Antietam's Three Farms Trail
This past weekend I traveled through Maryland and Pennsylvania, and on Sunday morning I spent a few hours at the Antietam National Battlefield. After nasty weather over the past several weeks, Sunday turned into a beautiful, spring-like day; perfect for a h...
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