Some Past Projects

 

The Third Battle of Winchester Va.

WITH RICH FARMLAND THAT EARNED IT THE NAME “THE BREADBASKET OF the Confederacy” Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley formed a natural travel corridor for the Union and Confederate armies in the Civil War. Winchester, Virginia and its environs at the mouth of the Valley were often frequented by these…

Buffalo, New York’s Front Park gets new Carriages for their 100-pounder Parrott Rifles

Delaware Park–Front Park System is a historic park system and national historic district located in the northern and western sections of Buffalo in Erie County, New York. The park system was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux and developed between 1868 and 1876. Front Park…

Palo Alto Battlefield gets 4 new 6-Pounders

The war began as a result of Mexican efforts to besiege a U.S. army installation, “Fort Texas”, (Garrison: Major Brown with 7th Infantry, Capt. Loud’s Artillery Co. with four 18 pounders, & Lt. Bragg’s Light Artillery four guns) which the Mexicans viewed as having been built within…

Boston National Historical Park Get New British 18-Pounder Cannon

The Boston National Historical Park is an association of sites that showcase Boston‘s role in the American Revolution. It was designated a national park on October 1, 1974. Seven of the eight sites are connected by the Freedom Trail, a walking tour of downtown Boston. Several of…

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Stafford Civil War Park, Stafford Co., Virginia Gets two 3-inch Ordnance Rifles

Stafford Civil War Park Project Summary In June, 2006, the Friends of Stafford Civil War Sites (FSCWS), a local Stafford County Non-profit, identified Civil War Union Army encampment, battery, and road remains on undeveloped land owned by Stafford County and Fredericksburg VA and proposed a park be…

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Battle of Corinth,MS. and a new Siege Carriage for the Town.

Location: Alcorn County Campaign: Iuka and Corinth Operations (1862) Date(s): October 3-4, 1862 Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans [US]; Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn [CS] Forces Engaged: Army of the Mississippi [US]; Army of the West Tennessee [CS] Estimated Casualties: 7,197 total (US 2,359; CS…

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Private Collector Gets New All-Metal Gatling Gun Field Carriage, Model 1884

This “all-metal” field carriage was constructed by the Watervliet Arsenal during late 1884. It was designed for use with the Model 1883 Gatling Gun fitted for the Accles feed. As was the standard U.S. Army practice, Archibald wheels, with wooden spokes and felloes, were used. No provision…

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City of Williamsport, MD – Doubleday Hill gets new carriages and barrels refurbished

When War broke out in 1861 Williamsport, MD was a booming Canal town in Western Maryland that bordered the state of Virginia with the mighty Potomac River in between the two. The town’s population was around 2000 citizens and there was commerce coming in and out of…

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Fort Smith at St Joseph, MO gets new 10-inch Siege Mortar on Iron Bed

Ft. Smith was erected in the early days of September 1861, as a Union fortification for several very important reasons. First, by mid-August 1861, the Confederacy was will on its way to gaining military control over the state of Missouri. On August 10, 1861, Confederate General Sterling…

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Fort Necessity gets Coehorn Mortar

Fort Necessity National Battlefield National Battlefield The reconstructed Fort Necessity. Country United States State Pennsylvania County Fayette Township Wharton Township Elevation 1,955 ft (595.9 m) Coordinates 39°49′00″N 79°35′59″W Area 902.8 acres (365.4 ha) [1] Established 1931-03-04 [1] – Transferred to NPS 1933-08-10 [1] Owner National Park Service…

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Elyria, Ohio gets new Carriage, Limber and Ammunistion Chest for CW Monument

Inscribed on the Civil War Monument Elyria To Her Heroes Who Fought and Her Martyrs Who Fell That the Republic Might Live 1861 – 1865 The 41 ft. 8 in. monument was designed sculptor Joseph Carabelli. The monument was dedicated June 26, 1888 and cost $8,500. The…

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Circleville, Ohio gets new carriage for their 20-pounder Parrott

Circleville, Ohio Daniel Dresbach founded the community of Circleville along the Scioto River in 1810. The town received its name from circular earthworks that Hopewell Indians had constructed in the area, although urban development has destroyed many of those original mounds. Circleville became the county seat for…

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Union County (Marysville), Ohio Gets Two New Carriages.

Military heritage Union County has a military heritage dating back to the American Revolution, and was a frequent location for the organization of military companies. Because the government paid the soldiers with land grants in the west during the revolution, Union County became home to many of…

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Fort Sumter Gets New Carriage For Mountain Howitzer

FORT SUMTER, CHARLESTON, SC; The Fort Sumter National Monument is an attraction located in Charleston, South Carolina. Although the fort has gained national attention for its part in the American Civil War, Fort Sumter was originally built following the War of 1812 in an attempt to further…

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City of Clarksville, TN gets new Siege Carriage

By the start of the Civil War, the combined population of the city and the county was 20,000. The area was openly for slavery, as blacks worked in the tobacco fields. In 1861, both Clarksville and Montgomery County voted unanimously to join the Confederate States of America….

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Confederate Park, Memphis, TN. getting new cannons

Cannons for Confederate Park, Memphis During the Civil War, or more aptly named The War for Southern Independence, there were cannons stationed here on this ground in Confederate Park in downtown Memphis, and after the war some surplus Confederate cannons were placed in the park. These were…

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Hanover, MA to restore two Dahlgren Boat Howitzers

The area of Hanover was first settled by English settlers in 1649 when William Barstow, a farmer, built a bridge along the North River at what is now Washington Street. The land was the westernmost portion of the town of Scituate, and it would officially separate and…

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The Village of Ripley, Ohio Restoring rare Wiard 3-inch Rifle

In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and to honor the memory of the Brown County citizens who sacrificed, fought, and died for the Union cause, the Ripley Friends of the Library group is having their very rare Wiard 3-inch rifled cannon restored.The cannon…

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VMI – Virginai Military Institute, Lexington, VA

Early History: On November 11, 1839 the Virginia Military Institute was founded on the site of the Lexington state arsenal and the first cadets relieved personnel on duty. Under Major General Francis Henney Smith, superintendent, and Colonel Claudius Crozet, president of the Board of Visitors, the Corps…

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Yorktown Battlefield

Colonial National Historical Park – Yorktown Battlefield On October 19, 1781, a British army under General Cornwallis was forced to surrender to General Washington’s combined American and French army. Upon hearing of their defeat, British Prime Minister Frederick Lord North is reputed to have said, “Oh God,…

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Fort Pulsaki, GA

The Battle of Fort Pulaski was fought April 10–11, 1862, during the American Civil War. Union forces on Tybee Island and naval operations conducted a 112-day siege, then captured the Confederate-held Fort Pulaski after a 30-hour bombardment. The battle is important for innovative use of rifled guns…

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American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar

The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, on the banks of the James River in Richmond, Virginia, is the gateway to Civil War travel in the region. A National Historic Landmark and one-time heart of Confederate war production, the Center is now home to the main…

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Fort Donelson, Dover, TN Gets Reproduction 32-pounder Seacoast Gun

Fort Donelson Location: Stewart County Campaign: Federal Penetration up the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers (1862) Date(s): February 11-16, 1862 Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Flag-Officer A.H. Foote [US]; Brig. Gen. John B. Floyd, Brig. Gen. Gideon Pillow, and Brig. Gen. Simon B. Buckner [CS]…

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Pea Ridge National Battlefield

The Battle of Pea Ridge Elkhorn Tavern March 6-8, 1862 Nearly a month after initiating their campaign against Confederates in southwest Missouri, Gen. Samuel R. Curtis’ Union Army of the Southwest had pushed into Arkansas and established a defensive position on the bluffs overlooking Little Sugar Creek….

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Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Park

Wilson’s Creek Other Names: Oak Hills Location: Greene County and Christian County Campaign: Operations to Control Missouri (1861) Date(s): August 10, 1861 Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. Nathaniel Lyon and Maj. Gen. Samuel D. Sturgis [US]; Maj. Gen. Sterling Price, Missouri State Guard, and Brig. Gen. Ben McCulloch…

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Harpers Ferry National Battelfield Park

The Battle of Harpers Ferry September 12-15, 1862 Learning that the garrison at Harpers Ferry had not retreated after his incursion into Maryland, Lee decided to surround the force and capture it. He divided his army into four columns, three of which converged upon and invested Harpers…

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South Mountain State Park

South Mountain Other Names: Crampton’s, Turner’s, and Fox’s Gaps Location: Frederick County and Washington County Campaign: Maryland Campaign (September 1862) Date(s): September 14, 1862 Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan [US]; Gen. Robert E. Lee [CS] Forces Engaged: Corps Estimated Casualties: 4,500 total Description: After invading…

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Antietam National Battlefield

The Army of the Potomac, under the command of George McClellan, mounted a series of powerful assaults against Robert E. Lee’s forces near Sharpsburg, Maryland, on September 17, 1862. The morning assault and vicious Confederate counterattacks swept back and forth through Miller’s Cornfield and the West Woods….

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Fredericksburg National Battlefield Park

Battle of Fredericksburg The Battle of Fredericksburg December 11-15, 1862 The Battle of Fredericksburg, fought December 11-15, 1862, was one of the largest and deadliest of the Civil War. It featured the first major opposed river crossing in American military history. Union and Confederate troops fought in…

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Shiloh National Battlefield Park

The Battle of Shiloh, also known as the Battle of Pittsburg Landing, was a major battle in the Western Theater of the American Civil War, fought April 6–7, 1862, in southwestern Tennessee. A Union army under Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant had moved via the Tennessee River…

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Petersburg National Battlefield Park

The Richmond–Petersburg Campaign was a series of battles around Petersburg, Virginia, fought from June 9, 1864, to March 25, 1865,[2] during the American Civil War. Although it is more popularly known as the Siege of Petersburg, it was not a classic military siege, in which a city…

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Manassas (Bull Run) National Battlefield Park

First Battle of Bull Run, also known as First Manassas (the name used by Confederate forces), was fought on July 21, 1861, in Prince William County, Virginia, near the City of Manassas. It was the first major land battle of the American Civil War. Just months after…

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Vicksburg National Military Park

The Siege of Vicksburg (May 18 – July 4, 1863) was the final major military action in the Vicksburg Campaign of the American Civil War. In a series of maneuvers, Union Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and his Army of the Tennessee crossed the Mississippi River and…

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Fort Putnam, West Point, NY

Fort Putnam was a military garrison during the Revolutionary War at West Point. Built by a regiment of Colonel Rufus Putnam’s 5th Massachusetts Infantry, it was completed in 1778 with the purpose of supporting Fort Clinton,[1] which sat on the edge of the Hudson River about a…

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Stone’s River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro, TN

Battle of Stones River, Murfreesboro,TN December 31, 1862 – January 2, 1863 After Gen. Braxton Bragg’s defeat at Perryville, Kentucky, October 8, 1862, he and his Confederate Army of the Mississippi retreated, reorganized, and were redesignated as the Army of Tennessee. They then advanced to Murfreesboro, Tennessee,…

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Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores, Al

Fort Morgan is a historic masonry star fort at the mouth of Mobile Bay, Alabama, United States. Some scholars regard it as “one of the finest examples of military architecture in the New World.” The post was named in honor of Revolutionary War hero Daniel Morgan. Construction…

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Fort Ethan Allen, Arlington, VA

One of President Lincoln’s Forts built for the defenses of Washington, D.C. Vermont troops constructing the fort named it in honor of Ethan Allen, the famous commander of the Green Mountain Boys who at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War supported the patriot cause and played a…

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Fort Curtis, Helena, AR

In August 1862 the Union forces occupying Helena erected on this site a redoubt of earth and timbers to serve as the key to the city’s defenses. Fort Curtis, named for the Union general in command at the time of construction, was one of five fortified positions…

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