Tag Archives: Virginia

Update on Excavations in the Great Dismal Swamp

New archaeological excavations at the Great Dismal Swamp, near my hometown in Virginia, continue to yield fascinating finds, highlighting the world of run-away slaves and the Underground Railroad. I have written about the excavations in two previous posts: “Archaeology in … Continue reading

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The Battle of Bull Run

This month’s Smithsonian Magazine highlights the Battle of Bull Run (or as my kin would call it, the Battle of Manassas). The battle was the first significant skirmish of the American Civil War and highlighted the realities that the war would … Continue reading

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Museum Restoring USS Monitor’s Engine

The Mariner’s Museum in Newport News, Virginia is currently working to restore and reconstruct the innovative engines of the USS Monitor. The USS Monitor was one of the first ironclad naval vessels in the United States and was constructed to … Continue reading

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Archaeology in the Great Dismal Swamp

Archaeologists in the Great Dismal Swamp (right where I grew up) are researching and exploring the swamp area that served as a refuge for run away slaves and those operating on the underground railroad. The swamp, originally 2,000 square miles of … Continue reading

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