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William Quantrill

Mention the name William Quantrill in Kansas or Missouri, and you’re likely to get stories of Quantrill’s Raiders sweeping into Kansas to burn cities and…

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Posted in American Countryside Civil War National Battlefield National Park Service Podcast Virginia

The Battle of Cedar Creek

There are nearly 400 national park sites in the United States. Today we visit one of the newest in the system; a place of vital…

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Posted in American Countryside Civil War Podcast Virginia

Burning the Fields

Farmer’s crops can fall prey to the elements of mother nature. Heat, hail, wind and much more can destroy a crop. In 1864 it was…

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Belle Grove Plantation

Our history books tell us the south had many slave holding plantations in the years leading up to the Civil War. So it may be…

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The Freedom House

I always enjoy the chance to explore Alexandria, Virginia. It’s a historic city and I recently happened upon a new museum–a place I recommend all…

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The Battle of New Market

There was nothing left to do. A group of 15-21 year old students would be forced into battle if there was any hope of defending…

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Posted in American Countryside Civil War Podcast Virginia

Gaining Control of the Breadbasket

Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is one of the most scenic farming regions in the world. The fertile valley is flanked by tree-lined ridges nears the states…

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County Flags of the Civil War

In the days of the Civil War, many regiments consisted of men all from the same county. Each regiment had their own flag and when…

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The Spencer Rifle

Imagine you had invented a new type of rifle that could be helpful to the U.S. military. How would you go about selling your device?…

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Posted in American Countryside Civil War National Monument National Park Service Podcast Virginia

Freedman’s Village and Arlington National Cemetery

It was a village inside Arlington National Cemetery, a place where people found refuge during the Civil War. Here’s the story of the unique city…

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Arlington National Cemetery’s Section 27

Although most visitors to Arlington National Cemetery simply see the Tomb of the Unknowns and perhaps the JFK grave site, there are many interesting areas…

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Civil War Veterans Home

The Civil War ended in 1865, but how long did the veterans of that war live? There is some controversy over who was the last…

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Confederate Memorial Home

Today veteran’s hospitals and retirement homes are common place, but in the years after the Civil War, grassroots efforts began to establish and fund the…

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Posted in American Countryside Civil War Missouri Podcast Saint Joseph

A Pony Express Sesquicentennial

Horses are racing through the streets of St. Joseph, MO this weekend much like they did 150 years ago. It’s a venture that lasted just…

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The Events at Osawatamie, Kansas

The shots at Ft. Sumter in April of 1861 are often considered the first military action of the Civil War. However, one could make a…

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The John Brown Historic Site

In the years just ahead of the Civil War, thousands of people came to Kansas ahead of a critical vote on whether the new state…

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The Birthplace of Stephen Douglas

Abraham Lincoln led the country through the Civil War, but it was this man who defeated him for the Senate two years earlier. We’ll go…

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Posted in American Countryside Civil War Maryland National Battlefield National Park Service Podcast

Antietam Battle

Even by today’s standards, the cost of this battle was staggering. It was a 12 hour conflict that saw a man killed every second; that’s…

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Antietam Battle’s Blood Lane

The fields were filled with ears of corn nearing harvest during September, but the kernels would never be shelled. In fact, it was these fields…

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Posted in American Countryside Civil War Maryland National Battlefield National Park Service Podcast

Knowing Someone Else’s Battle Plan

Imagine going into a battle and having the enemy’s plan of attach in your hands. It sounds like it would not be a fair fight,…

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