The March on Washington passed through Morris Island 100 years earlier

As I left work yesterday, there was a flurry of activity around the National Mall, Freedom Plaza, open spaces in Federal Triangle, and elsewhere.  A lot of preparation for an anniversary observance – 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights March on Washington. So why would I bring that up on a Civil War blog?  Oh,Continue reading “The March on Washington passed through Morris Island 100 years earlier”

The Siege of Fort Pillow

While Fort Pillow is know best for the infamous massacre which occurred when General N.B. Forrest attacked a Federal garrison there on April 12, 1864.  Often overlooked is the siege of Fort Pillow two years earlier as part of the combined Army-Navy advance down the Mississippi River.  Like many of the battle sites in thatContinue reading “The Siege of Fort Pillow”

Battle Ranges: Columbus-Belmont

On the ride home, we stopped off at Columbus-Belmont State Park in Columbus, Kentucky. The park is a great example of moderating recreational use at a historic site.  Erosion has cut through much of the extensive fortifications that lined the bluffs there in 1861.  However, interpretation aids the visitor, explaining the significance of the ConfederateContinue reading “Battle Ranges: Columbus-Belmont”