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Bearing the Battle, Binding the Wounds

By Kaylyn Sawyer '17 When I arrived at Appomattox Court House National Park for my summer 2016 internship orientation, I introduced myself as being from Yorktown, VA.  The ranger quipped “you must have a thing for surrender towns.”  I hadn’t ...
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Fredericksburg’s Gray Angel: Truth or Utility?

By Jon Danchik '17 As with other battles, the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862 yielded shocking results. Homes were destroyed, thousands died, and military doctrine was challenged and changed. One particular story, however, has emerged from Fredericksburg to represent a ...
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Science, Signals, and Service: The Smithsonian Institution’s Role During the Civil War

By Danielle Jones '18 Today, the Smithsonian is known for its world-famous exhibits, massive collections of American and natural history artifacts, and its contributions to research around the world. But many people don’t know the role the Smithsonian played during ...
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A Gun With a Story: Waller Patton’s Civil War Pistol

By Laurel Wilson '19 Musselman Library Special Collections is home to a wide variety of artifacts, including a rather impressive number of Civil War era items. One Civil War artifact, the Patton Pistol, stands out from the rest by virtue ...
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Confederate Memory

By Olivia Ortman '19 This year as a CWI Fellow, I’ve been doing a lot of research and thinking on Civil War memory, specifically that of Confederate memory. When doing this work, the question at the back of my mind ...
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