Dedicated to the Preservation of Civil War Battle sites and the art of Living History
The Civil War Sesquicentennial Photographic Project 2011-2015 was conceived as a photographic documentary of the 21st century living historians and the events that keep alive the memory of that dark period of our country’s past. To participate in these events takes dedication and commitment.
100% of the proceeds from donations of downloads of electronic files and prints are forwarded to non-profit organizations that sponsor these events and work to preserve the hallowed land our fathers died on for a cause they believed in. The goal is to help preserve both battlefields and the art of reenactments for future generations.
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Blog Title: The Civil War Sesquicentennial Photographic Project 2011 – 2015. I’ve had a photo hosting for some time now. When I started my Sesquicentennial project I wanted to separate it from the rest of the galleries and give some sense to the Civil War timeline. I have been following the events since the 1st Manassas / Bull Run event in Virginia. Each event I attend is entered with a single photo announcing the gallery. Now that I am near 80 posts I have noticed that the timeline is following the actual events. This last Autumn the Confederates moved into Maryland, retreated after Antietam, and held off the Federals until Lee could slip away to Fredericksburg, VA to set up the next major Federal loss that will occur this December.
When I started this the title came very easy. A defined a timeline, and a defined project scope. I am an architect and projects are what I do (and live for). The formality of the name was also influenced by Charles and Ray Eames, architects that branched out into film and other projects that interested them. Their most famous film, “The Powers of Ten” had a much longer formal name (Powers of Ten: A Film Dealing with the Relative Size of Things in the Universe and the Effect of Adding Another Zero) was the influence on my blog title.
I listed the blog but there are links to the website.
Finally got the photos processed and posted.
Private Hurley of 2nd Vermont posted this on my web site but never donated anything.
In early October 1862, following the carnage of Antietam, the major armies of both the Union and Confederacy were within 100 miles of Washington, DC. President Abraham Lincoln was worried but he had a plan. With elections coming up, Lincoln saw an opportunity both to end the war quickly and, perhaps, help with the upcoming mid-term elections. To forcefully push his plan, the President journeyed out to his field commander, General George McClellan, to urge him to rapidly move his forces between General Robert E Lee’s struggling army and the Confederate capital of Richmond.
Lee saw the danger immediately and began to march his troops south along the west side of the Blue Ridge. He knew of McClellan’s conservative style and developed his own plan to gain the time he needed to block McClellan’s movement toward Richmond. On October 28 Lee sent General JEB Stuart and a modest force of “but 1000“ cavalry and horse artillery with orders to delay McClellan’s very large force. McClellan’s advance units and JEB Stuart’s small force clashed around Unison in early November.
On October 31, Stuart, his dashing artillery officer John Pelham and a small handpicked band, seeking the enemy, rode from Bloomfield through the crossroads village of Unison (often still called Union at the time) and encountered Union pickets and the vanguard of front line Union forces arrayed along the Snickersville Turnpike. Behind them were 90,000 men, wagons and supplies in five corps. The small band of Confederates routed about 100 Union cavalry, chased them to Aldie, then withdrew.
On Sept. 22, 2011, Virginia’s State Review Board and Virginia’s Historic Resources Board both voted unanimously to place the 8,000-acre Unison Battlefield Historic District in the Virginia Landmarks Register. They simultaneously recommended to the National Park Service that the battlefield be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is expected to go on the National Register sometime this winter.Department of Historic Resources Director Kathleen Kilpatrick praised both the battlefield and the Unison Preservation Society for what they are doing for historic preservation in this region. She cited the pristine nature of the battlefield, with its farms, villages, historic dirt roads and no development, as one of best preserved battlefields and noted that more than half the battlefield is already under conservation easement.The Land Trust of Virginia, a major supporter of UPS and the battlefield project, calls the region one the best preserved most heavily easemented places in the nation. Being on the historic registers will make easements easier for landowners within the battlefield. Severaladditional battlefield easements are now pending.
With events occurring almost every weekend I have fallen way behind on getting the images uploaded.
I sort of let my Flickr account die over the summer. Even though there is so much activity in the groups and galleries I prefer my Smugmug account. After I saw shots of Gbrug, Antietum and more I had to post.
2nd Brigade CSA Staff posing at Antietam – Sharpsburg Reenactment September 2012