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Mark St. John Erickson
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Attended College of William and Mary, University of Exeter, University of Virginia
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Archaeologists probing near Williamsburg's reconstructed Capitol have unearthed signs of the ambitious public works campaigns that transformed the town's landscape dramatically in the 1700s. -- Mark St. John Erickson
President Franklin Roosevelt wasn’t the only one impressed by Duke of Gloucester Street when he dedicated Colonial Williamsburg ’s newly reconstructed 18th-century thoroughfare in 1934.
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When it was completed on April 15, 1964, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel ranked as one of the great engineering wonders of the modern world. -- Mark St. John Erickson
Fifty years after mesmerized motorists made their first wide-eyed trip across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge­-Tunnel, the seemingly endless, 17.6-mile expanse of elevated trestles, high-level bridges and deep underwater tunnels once hailed as an engineering wonder has lost some of its luster.
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A half-century of calamity is followed by a devastating April 9, 1884 fire, leaving few reminders of Hampton's bustling colonial past. -- Mark St. John Erickson
Sacked by the British in 1813 and burned twice during the Civil War, hard-luck Hampton was still reeling from a half-century of disasters when yet another calamity struck the once bustling colonial port town on April 9, 1884.
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Twenty-five days after the CSS Virginia inflicted the United States' worst naval defeat before Pearl Harbor, 10 thunderous cannon blasts sounded from Fort Monroe across the far reaches of Hampton Roads. Here's a look back at the mighty "Lincoln Gun" that defended the fort and the water passage to the North. -- Mark St. John Erickson #civilwar
Twenty-five days after the ironclad CSS Virginia inflicted the United States' worst naval defeat before Pearl Harbor, 10 thunderous cannon blasts sounded from the beach at Fort Monroe across the far reaches of Hampton Roads .
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A rare view of the "Ruins at Hampton" joins more than 200 images from the George Eastman House in a revealing Mariners' Museum exhibit on photography in the Civil War. -- Mark St. John Erickson #civilwar
A rare and revealing view of the "Ruins at Hampton" joins with more than 200 images from the George Eastman House in an eye-opening if sometimes wrenching exploration of the Civil War. Here are some of the images from "Between the States: Photographs of the American Civil War from the George Eastman House Collection," which will be the subject of my upcoming story in Sunday's Daily Press. -- Mark St. John Erickson
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This eye-opening collection of archival pictures tells the epic story of how the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was constructed and completed 50 years ago. -- Mark St. John Erickson
The 17.6-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel opened on April 15, 1964 after a 42-month-long construction process that resulted in what the American Society of Civil Engineers acclaimed as one of the "engineering wonders of the modern world." Built across the mouth of the bay on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the $200 million crossing incorporated two 1-mile-long tunnels, four artificial islands and 12 miles of elevated trestle as well as two high-...
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Video & blog post: Archaeologists probe for the secrets of a colonial landmark at Smithfield's historic Windsor Castle. -- Mark St. John Erickson
If you had to choose an iconic example of a colonial Tidewater plantation house, you could do a lot worse than Windsor Castle.
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Lt. Hunter Davidson and a tiny Confederate torpedo boat catch the Union fleet sleeping in a daring night attack off Newport News Point. -- Mark St. John Erickson #Civilwar
Most of the sailors in the Union’s powerful North Atlantic Blockading Squadron were sound asleep when a small, nearly silent craft slipped through the early morning darkness of April 9, 1864 toward the flagship USS Minnesota off Newport News Point.
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History's longest-running film was already ahead of its time when it debuted in Williamsburg on March 31, 1957 as part of the Jamestown 350th anniversary celebration. Here's a look back at "The Story of a Patriot." -- Mark St. John Erickson
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Pictures: Yorktown's unlikely saviors may have started small but their triumphant celebration in 1931 was epic. -- Mark St. John Erickson
When Emma Leake Chenoweth and the Comte de Grasse chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution began their drive to save historic Yorktown in 1922, they started with bake sales and tea parties aimed at raising money for the purchase of the Custom House. But so successful was the DAR in promoting the town and battlefield's preservation that Chenoweth went on to help plan the 150th anniversary celebration of the victory at Yorktown staged in 1931, du...
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