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Holy Spirit School students help with Civil War veteran’s burial (Troy Record)

The installation of a marble, monolith gravestone for a Civil War veteran who previously had an unmarked grave took place Monday morning, with the help of middle school students from the Holy Spirit School.

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Civil War: A Tightening Grip on Richmond (RVA News)

By October of 1864, the siege of Petersburg was into its fourth month. During the summer, the Union army had focused on cutting off Petersburg (and thus Richmond) from key Confederate supply lines located west of the city. But by October, a handful of roads and railroad lines still delivered supplies and reinforcements to the Confederate defenders manning the trenches. Union General Ulysses S. Grant had made some progress by summer’s end, but had yet to cut off the city completely, which he knew could bring the war to a quick close.

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Development threatens Williamsburg Battlefield (The Flat Hat)

In April, Preservation Virginia featured the Williamsburg Battlefield in its list of most endangered historical sites in Virginia. The battle’s name, “The Battle of Williamsburg,” can be a bit misleading — the site actually spreads across three municipalities, James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg.

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Civil War re-enactors mark 150th anniversary of Battle of Atlanta (Reuters)

They were among a crowd of about 100 Civil War re-enactors who descended on East Atlanta Village on Saturday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the pivotal Battle of Atlanta, which was fought just outside Georgia's present-day capital and ended in a Union victory.

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Marching through Georgia (The Economist)

The American South will never forget William Tecumseh Sherman. One hundred and fifty years ago, in 1864, General Sherman led an army of 60,000 northerners through Georgia and the Carolinas, burning Atlanta and foraging off the land. He aimed to shatter the Confederates into submission and to hasten the end of the civil war. Sherman’s “March to the Sea” endures as one of the most memorable, and innovative, campaigns of the four-year conflict.

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"Attack on Washington: The Last Invasion" Civil War Trail Opens (WFMD News)

A 5th Civil War Trail opened this week in the region. It's called the "Attack on Washington: The Last Invasion." "And it's following the route of Confederate General Jubal Early as he tried to take the Capitol," says Anne Kyle with the Maryland Office of Tourism Development.

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Grant launches bloody campaign to end Civil War (Chicago Tribune)

In May 1864, Gen. U.S. Grant launched the campaign that would eventually end the Civil War. The bigger, better-supplied Army of the Potomac had a revised mission: Not to regain lost territory or capture secessionist cities but to hunt down and destroy Gen. Robert E. Lee's army.

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Auction of skull of Civil War soldier found at Gettysburg canceled (Reuters)

Facing wide criticism, including from the National Parks Service, an auction house has canceled plans to sell the skull of a Civil War soldier and military relics found near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

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Civil War Trust honors Midstate preservationists (The Tennesseean)

The nation’s largest Civil War battlefield preservation group gave its annual top honors to state Deputy House Speaker Steve McDaniel, the city of Franklin and Murfreesboro’s Stones River National Battlefield.

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Civil War Sesquicentennial Continues (The News-Gazette)

Every American needs to continue the multi-year commemoration of the Civil War which took place 150 years ago, 1860-1865.

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Race To Unearth Civil War-Era Artifacts Before Developer Digs In (NPR)

About a dozen archaeologists in downtown Columbia, S.C., are focused on a 165-acre sliver of land that was a prisoner of war camp during the Civil War. Last summer, the property was sold, and the group is trying to recover artifacts before a developer builds condos and shops there.

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Recognition for black Civil War soldiers at Jefferson Barracks (

It took more than a year, but a local history and genealogy group has successfully lobbied the Department of Veteran Affairs. The goal: get proper recognition for the 56th U.S. Colored Infantry.

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The Civil War Trust donates 11.5 acres to Chesterfield for Howlett Line Park (Village News)

Howlett Line Park in Chesterfield, Va., is adding 11.5 acres of key land donated by the Civil War Trust. The acreage encompasses parts of Confederate defense lines from the Bermuda Hundred Campaign, which began in Chesterfield County in May 1864. Construction on new markers and a trail will begin soon.

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Farm buildings give way to Civil War’s past (Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star)

Post-Civil War buildings are being razed to give visitors to the Slaughter Pen Farm property, owned by the Civil War Trust, a more authentic experience. This southern portion of the Fredericksburg battlefield will now more accurately reflect the 1862 landscape of the Spotsylvania County site. The buildings’ demolition should be complete by the end of April, in time for the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Overland Campaign.

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Search on for descendants of Civil War battle veterans (

With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of New Market just two months away, efforts are increasing to locate descendants of the Virginia Military Institute cadets who fought at what was one of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia's key battles on May 15, 1864.

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Facebook connection over Civil War photo helps reveal soldiers' identities, stories (The Washington Post)

The 26 Union soldiers were posed for the camera somewhere near Brandy Station, Va., in late 1863 or early 1864. The front rank stood at parade rest, hands clasped around muskets. The rear ranks stood so their faces could be seen. They were serious young men approaching the final, bloody months of the Civil War.

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South Carolina archeologists race to uncover Civil War prison (ABC News)

Racing against time, South Carolina archeologists are digging to uncover the remnants of a Civil War-era prisoner-of-war camp before the site in downtown Columbia is cleared to make room for a mixed-use development.

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USS Monitor Conservation Lab to close from funding woes (Daily Press)

Conservators at The Mariners' Museum were preparing to shut down a 5,000-square-foot treatment lab and stop work on the historic gun turret of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor Thursday following the expiration of an agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Sanctuary Program

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