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This undated photo provided by John Potter of Lenoir, N.C., shows a framed image that historians have long thought might be the only existing photograph of the Confederate ironclad CSS Georgia, which sank 150 years ago near Savannah, Georgia. Potter initially said he discovered and photographed the original image at a yard sale in the 1980s when he couldn’t afford to buy it. Now he says the created the image as a hoax three decades ago as a teenager, using a model and his brother posing as a soldier.

Man says mysterious Civil War photo was really teenage hoax

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 9:23 am

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — For three decades, the stained and blurry photograph presented a great mystery to Civil War historians. It was a picture taken of another photo, which appeared far older and was encased in a peeling, gilded frame. In the foreground of that photo stood a man, his back to the camera, wearing an overcoat and a hat and carrying a pole or fishing rod. In the center,

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Confederate troops commanded by General Colquitt prepare to repel another Union attack.  Union troops suffered more than 1,800 casualties at Olustee.

Olustee Battlefield hosts 151st anniversary commemoration

Posted on May 15, 2015 at 12:50 pm

The Battle of Olustee, also known as the Battle of Ocean Pond, was the climax of a failed attempt by President Lincoln to restore Florida to the Union in time for the election of 1864. On February 7, 1864, the Union Army — 7,000 men aboard twenty steamers — came up St. John’s River and landed at Jacksonville. The following day, the well equipped Union force began marching westward toward

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  • From Australia to Appomattox: One Man’s Journey

    Posted on May 8, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Rodney Auer at the Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox.

    While getting my coffee before a lecture at the Museum of the Confederacy on Thursday, April 9, I almost literally ran into a gentleman with a very interesting accent. It turned out that Rodney Auer was attending the events dealing with the sesquicentennial of General Lee’s surrender. He had come all the way from Australia – and this is his story. Rodney had been born in 1944 and grew up

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  • 150th anniversary of the breakthrough at Petersburg

    Posted on May 1, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Fifth Vermont re-enactors at the Petersburg, Virginia reenactment.

    Huddled behind their picket lines in the chilled night air of early spring 1865, 14,000 Union soldiers waited impatiently for the signal gun that would launch their attack. Along a one-mile stretch of Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill’s sector of the Petersburg defenses, some 2,800 Confederates, well supported by nearly two dozen cannon, also waited, suspecting but unsure that a climactic battle would begin at dawn. General Ulysses S. Grant had

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Camp Nelson to Unveil Historical Markers May 30, 2015

Posted on May 28, 2015 at 9:20 am

For more information, call (859) 492-3115. The first leg of the three-part ceremony will be at the Battle of Richmond Visitors Center in central Madison County (101 Battlefield Memorial Hwy, Richmond) at 10 am.  The Second will be at Camp Dick Robinson in northern Garrard County (US 27 & Ky. 34) at 11:45 am, and the final at Camp Nelson in southern Jessamine County (6614 Danville Rd. off US 27)

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  • Pamplin Historical Park, Memorial Day, May 25, 2015

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    For more information call (877) 727-7546 or visit pamplinpark.org/events. Witness an artillery demonstration, color bearers, and the playing of Taps of honor fallen soldiers. Event starts at 1 pm. Free with Park admission.

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  • Victorian Dance Demonstration, May 25, 2015

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 8:43 am

    For more information call (717) 338-1243 or visit www.gettysburgfoundation.org. On Monday, May 25, the Victorian Dance Ensemble, the performing troupe of the Civil War Dance Foundation, will offer dance demonstrations in the Group Lobby at the Visitor Center at 1:00 p.m. and again at 3:00 p.m.  Visitors will see the Ensemble perform some of the most common dances of the era and have a chance to join in and learn

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Recruits Wanted!! 74th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment Company G (Central Pennsylvania)

Posted on May 6, 2015 at 12:30 pm

The 74th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (The 1st German Regiment) is seeking recruits to join our ranks. We are a family oriented unit from Central Pennsylvania. If interested please contact Brad at rsoxfan25@comcast.net for more information.

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  • Liar Temptress Soldier Spy Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

    Posted on May 1, 2015 at 10:41 am

    What can I say; Karen Abbott has again hit the ball out of the park with this book. A writer of notoriety, Abbott decided to wade into the waters of Civil War journalism and proved she can walk on water. She brings us the stories of four courageous women—a socialite, a farm girl, an abolitionist, and a widow—who were spies. Seventeen-year-old Belle Boyd, an avowed rebel with a dangerous temper,

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  • Standing on the Edge of Time: Civil War 1862

    Posted on May 1, 2015 at 10:40 am

    The manner in which Daniel Singleton wrote Standing on the Edge of Time made the book both interesting and informative. His intense research included official dispatches and first hand accounts making it more than just a novel. It is an actual historical account of battles and incredible hardships the soldiers endured. It gives insight into Arkansas’ involvement in the Civil War. Having had ancestors of my own in these battles

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