Category Archives: In the neighborhood

Hurkamp’s Tannery and Sumac Mill

This is my 50th blog post. Thanks to each of you who follow my blog. John Herman Gerhardt Hurkamp was born in Quakenbrueck, Hanover (Germany) on December 10, 1818. He learned his trade as an apprentice currier (someone who dyes … Continue reading

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George Rowe House

In 2018 the house that George Rowe built will be 190 years old, which by American standards is quite a milestone. The building was originally constructed in 1828 as a Federal style dwelling. Technically, the main building is classified as … Continue reading

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National Cemetery (Part 4) – Creation of the Cemetery

The National Cemetery in Fredericksburg was officially created on February 22, 1867 when Congress passed an “Act to establish and protect national cemeteries.” This act “authorized the Secretary of War to purchase cemetery land, build enclosures, appoint superintendents, construct caretaker … Continue reading

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National Cemetery (Part 3) – Swale Trench and Wallace’s Ice House

This is the third in a series on the Fredericksburg National Cemetery. I return to the Anderson sketch of the Union burial trenches used in the previous post. These trenches were created to accommodate the large number of Union dead … Continue reading

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National Cemetery (Part 2) – Stratton Burial Trench

The purpose of this post is to honor the memory of the fallen, and to identify some of the prominent locations of the temporary Union war-time burials, prior to their being gathered into the Fredericksburg National Cemetery on Willis Hill. … Continue reading

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