Every week the park staff has conversations (sometimes rigorous) about a new photograph, a new source, or a new idea about the historic landscape on and around the four Civil War battlefields within the park–Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House. A few of these discussions lead to new understandings or insights. We will, by virtue of this blog, take some of those conversations and explorations public. Our purpose is, in part, to share with the public some of the work that makes our jobs so very interesting. At the same time, we know there are many people out there with lots of knowledge, sources, and additional information that will add to a better understanding of the landscape and resources we manage and interpret. This blog is an open invitation for you to join in and add to an exploratory process that, we hope, will enhance preservation of the battlefields in and around Fredericksburg.
Much of the material posted here will be provided by the park’s cultural resource managers and historians, Eric Mink, Noel G. Harrison, John Hennessy, and Beth Parnicza. Comments are welcome.
Bear in mind that while we don’t expect controversy (beyond the historical kind) to be an element of this blog, we are duty bound to point out that all expressions here are unofficial and are not intended to represent the views of the management of the National Park Service. We are simply trying to engage viewers in what we think are some pretty interesting conversations and debates about matters of history and landscape.