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American Revolution Historic Sites

What's going on to protect and interpret American Revolution historic sites.  Great news on two interesting fronts!

Shenandoah Valley Battle of Cedar Creek 150th Anniversary

Check out our coverage of the 150th Anniversary of the final battle of the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign, the Battle of Cedar Creek

Check out our coverage of the 3 Changes in Gettysburg; Restoration, Preservation, and a great new Heritage Center.
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Birds-eye view, St. Louis 1859

It towers over the Mississppi River on the west side of the expanse, today causing visitors and residents who cross the large river to view it as a symbol.  For most, it is a symbol known as the Gateway Arch, or the Gateway to the West.  In reality, it is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the park service unit that tells one part of the story of western expansion from the shores of St. Louis, which played such a large part in the migration of trappers, the Army, settlers, and pioneers.  Below lithograph from 1855 of a panoramic view of St. Louis, the Mississippi River, steamboats, trains, and wagons on their way west.  This was the scene they saw when approaching the site now holding the arch.  To them, it was the beginning of their journey, and a site so awesome, that it would take the better part of years and decades to accomplish both the journey and settlement.  More
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1864 Battle of Cedar Creek 150th Anniversary

The Civil War in 1864 was undergoing a significant shift and that shift was taking place in three predominant regions of the eastern theater.  Ulysses S. Grant, new head of the army in the east, wanted action, and he directed three generals to make that plan work.  We know more about the first two; General Meade with Grant in tow fighting large battles from the Wilderness to Spotsylvania to Richmond and Peterburg, Sherman marching through Atlanta to the sea, and the third, the Shenandoah Valley Campaign that kept Jubal Early and the Confederates from capturing Washington.  The Battle of Cedar Creek was the last of the Shenandoah Valley conflicts; it would end the Confederate surge from that third of the 1864 landscape.   More
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Battle of Williamsburg Preservation

March 2015

Anheuser Busch Company has donated 65 acres to the Civil War Trust for a future Battle of Williamsburg park.  The Battle of Williamsburg occurred on May 5, 1862, an early and first major battle of the Peninsula Campaign.  The battle was fought between 73,000 troops.  There is currently no park dedicated to this battle with only one acre saved prior to the donation.  More

New National Monuments

February 2015

Three new National Monuments were named by President Obama; Pullman Historic Site, which chronicles the planned community byt the Pullman Railroad Car Company in Chicago, which employed many African-American workers; Browns Canyon, & Honouliuli NM, Hawaii.  The naming of the National Monuments has rekindled a controversy over the Antiquities Act, which allow a President to preserve historic and natural treasure without the input of Congress.  This act has been in place since 1906 and the days of Teddy Roosevelt.  It has protected such places as the Grand Canyon.


Civil Rights Anniversaries in 2015

January 2015

Anniversaries of important historic events continue in 2015 with the final battles of the Civil War around Richmond, Petersburg, and Appomattox, plus Bentonville and their 150th events.  There are also more current Civil Rights events on the calendar around the 50th anniversary of the March to Selma.  Check out the list of activities planned at http://dreammarcheson.com.

Congress adds to our National Parks

December 2014

Congress adds nearly 1 million acres & new national parks, including lands to Wilderness areas such as Bob Marshall & scenic rivers.  The new national parks range from those on the topic of the Manhattan Project, Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, Valle Grande, and Tule Springs near Las Vegas with dinosaur bones and other cool stuff.  

CW Trust Enters Revolutionary War Preservation Battle

November 2014

With over 40,000 acres of Civil War land preserved over the last decade, the Civil War Trust has now engaged in a battle to save land from not only that war, but the Revolutionary War, and War of 1812, as well.  Beginning with a 4.5 acre parcel in Princeton, New Jersey that was instrumental in George Washington's Battle of Princeton against the British, the Trust will partner with various government and private citizens to raise the funds necessary to add that land to the battlefield.  Find out more about this new effort at Campaign 1776.

Brandy Station Preservation

October 2014

Restoration work begins on Fleetwood Hill at Brandy Station, VA battlefield.  Brandy Station was the largest cavalry action of the Civil War and signalled the switch in dominance from the cavalry of the South to the North.  Prior to Brandy Station, the Confederate cavalry had won most actions.  Interpretation of the area will be forthcoming.  For More Info

Fort McHenry 200th Anniversary

September 2014

The 200th Anniversary of the bombing of Fort McHenry in Baltimore and writing of the Star-Spangled banner by Francis Scott Key from a harbor ship on the morning of the 14th occured this month with tall ships sailing up and down the river, the celebratory unveiling of the U.S. flag (replica) by visitors, and special tours of the fort from September 9 through 16.


Growth of National Park Service

August 2014

The National Park Service celebrated its 98th anniversary on August 25 and looks forward to the 100th celebration in 2016, now with 401 park service units.  When it began, there were 14 National Parks and 21 National Monuments.  National Parks are approved by Congress while National Monuments, through the Antiquities Act, can be designated by the President.  Recent additions to National Monument status include the California Coastal National Monument and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

250th Anniversary

July 2014

FDR Park, in South Philadelphia near the stadium complex, once hosted the 1926 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, which celebrated the 150th anniversary of the USA.  That same site is being considered to host the 250th anniversary of the nation.  The main building still remaining on the site from the 1926 event is the Swedish American Museum.

Civil War Ship Planter Found

June 2014

USS Planter, former Confederate, then Union ship likely found off the South Carolina shoreline of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.  The ship ran aground in 1876.  The Planter was commandeered in May 1862 by slave Robert Smalls, who piloted it from Charleston and gave the ship to the Union, taking 17 slaves to freedom.

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May 2014

Civil War Trust saving 429 acres at Port Republic, part of the 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign, doubling the preserved land there.  The Battle of Port Republic was fought on June 9, 1862 as part of Stonewall Jackson's campaign and was the most costly and important battles of the campaign.  Port Republic is located south of Harrisonburg, Virginia. More Info. 


New Campaign to Save Four Battlefields

April 2014

New preservation campaign to save four battlefields, 306 acres, extends from Virginia to Louisiana.  These sites at Mansfield, Bentonville, Petersburg, and Appomattox all tell the story about the war as it leaped into its fourth and fifth years of 1864 and 1865, moving slowly toward a culmination and the surrender of Lee's army.  Visit the Civil War Trust campaign for those sites to learn more.

Antiquities Act and Congress

March 2014

On March 26, 2014, the House of Representatives in the United States Congress passed HR 1459, which would weaken the ability of the president to use the Antiquities Act to develop our National Parks in the future.  This act threatens the establishment of new parks dedicated to preserving the nature and history of the nation, particularly national monuments that tell specific stories, such as the new parks on Harriet Tubman, the Buffalo Soldiers, and the state of Delaware.  If you don't want this act to pass any further down the Congressional line, contact you Senator and Congressman and tell them to keep the Antiquities Act intact.  The act was first established in 1906 and was the original proclamation that claimed the Grand Canyon as protected land.

Lewis and Clark History

February 2014

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge contains a new plankhouse on the site of Cathlapotle, a Chinnokan town visited by Lewis and Clark on their expedition west to the Pacific Ocean.  http://plankhouse.org

Pullman NHS

January 2014

It would be the first national park in Chicago if the efforts there come to fruition, but the historic sites of the Pullman factory town and factory itself are already historic in their ties to industrialization and labor unions.  Studies have been done to turn it into a National Historic Site and tell the stories of the men and women of Pullman with even greater emphasis.  Find out more.


New Discoveries All the Time

December 2013

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has recently discovered an archeological signature suggesting that the White River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas is now the best candidate for the 17th and 18th century Quapaw Indian village of Osotouy and the French Arkansas Post.

Gettysburg Address Anniversary

November 2013

The 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address is held in the cemetery with Supreme Court Justine Antonin Scalia giving the rights of citizenship to new Americans, as well as speeches by historian James McPherson and a reading of the Gettysburg Address by James Getty.  This ceremony was witnessed by more than 10,000 spectators.
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Although the current economic climate has slowed some of the troubles in preserving historic sites and lands with slower development growth, the problem of preservation funding is now in the fore even more.  If you want to get involved, contact the various organizations in your local community to see where you can help.  National organizations such as the Civil War Preservation Trust and the National Parks Conservations Organization are always in need of assistance.

Expanded gambling legislation has now passed the PA legislature, allowing two new opportunities for the Gettysburg gambling proposal to apply for a license.  Time to redouble your efforts to stop any future casino effort that might come.  Almost 10,000 men died and 50,000 were killed, wounded, or missing at Gettysburg.  Help retain the honor and sacrifice of these men.  It's time to promote a ban on any new casinos within 10 miles of a National Military Park, which is currently being considered at the state level. Contact your federal congressman or Senator and ask them to propose such a ban.

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As the demand for more experience grows, more American's are going back to school or earning their GED. Only a few websites offer any free GED practice while others like GEDtest.net provide innovative new study kits to help prepare individuals for the actual GED test.

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