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National Cemetery (Part 6) – Luminaria 2017

This last Saturday, I volunteered to assist again with the illumination of the Fredericksburg National Cemetery program. This was the 22nd annual Luminaria program of the National Park Service (NPS) conducted by the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park unit. … 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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Minie-Ball and its Parabolic Trajectory

The Minie ball, the bullet most identify as the weapon of mass destruction in the civil war, bears the name of French Army Captain Claude -Etienne Minie. He is generally credited with solving the problem of using expanding gasses to … Continue reading

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Modern Photographs of the Swale

In early 2012, camera in hand, I walked along Littlepage Street which parallels the Sunken Road in the heart of what was once called Mercer Square or the Fairgrounds.  My goal was to try to “see” back 150 years. On … Continue reading

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Finding the Swale

Fredericksburg is perhaps best known for that fateful Civil War battle on December 13, 1862. As a volunteer at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor’s Center, I became aware that the visiting public was having trouble visualizing the battlefield due to the … Continue reading

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