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An Impressive Carolina Atlas
The Old North State at War:   The North Carolina Civil War Atlas   by Mark A. Moore, Jessica A. Bandel, and Michael Hill (N.C. Dept. of Cultural Resources) I have no regrets about plunking down some cash for this stunning book . It is big. The pages are 11"...

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From the National Archives: "Plan of Attack on the Albemarle"
Macomb, W.H., "Plan of Attack on the Albemarle" (first page), (NARA, RG 45) During a recent visit to the National Archives, I came across a document (above) detailing one of the Union plans to attack the ironclad Albemarle . Drafted sometime in the latter h...

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Et tu, King County Library System?
  Whenever I'm shopping for a used book, I look for ex-library
copies. They usually arrive in decent shape, encased in a nifty mylar dust jacket. Occasionally, the margins contain the amusing or even insightful scribbles of some discourteous library patron...

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Petersburg National Battlefield Expansion
Petersburg National Battlefield - Fort Stedman (Source: National Park Service) Boundary Expansion (Source: On December 8, 2016, Congress passed legislation to significantly expand
the Petersburg National Battlefield . This is big news, at le...

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From the National Archives: Burgess Mill Map
Map of the Battle of Burgess Mill, Oct. 27, 1864 Horace P. Rugg Court-Martial Transcript, 95–100, Record Group 153 (LL-649), NARA. When I filled out the "pull slip" for Horace P. Rugg's court-martial file at the National Archives several years ago, I had lo...

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Whiskey Time
Wading through some regimental books recently at the National Archives, I found this random nugget bobbing amid some mind-numbing minutiae: Record Group 94, Regimental Books, National Archives. "Officers of this Regiment who feel the necessity of getting dr...

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The Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862: Bolstering the Confederate Left
"The battle of Antietam or Sharpsburg" by Edwin Forbes, Library of Congress           On a September night in 1894, John T. Parham, a veteran of the 32nd Virginia Infantry, addressed the A.P. Hill Camp of Confederate Veterans in Petersburg and described his...

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USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer
Gettysburg, Pa. results from the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer Here is a nice resource for tackling pesky topographic puzzles:  the Historical Topographic Map Explorer , a convenient tool provided by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).  The avail...

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Book Notes
During the last several months,
I’ve been fortunate to read some good books - some related to my current
project on North Carolina, others not so much. Here are some thoughts on a few
of the more interesting ones. Rebels against the Confederacy: North Carol...

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Talk at the Wilmington CWRT, March 2
Soldiers and Sailors Monument  Wilmington, DE I will be speaking about the Petersburg Campaign at the Civil War Round Table of Wilmington, Delaware on March 2. If you're in the area, come on by and say hello. Civil War Round Table of Wilmington, Delaware Ma...
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