Love is a Battlefield

A look at love letters throughout America’s formative conflicts.

Civil War Language: How did soldiers talk?

Have you ever found yourself reading through letters from Civil War soldiers and wonder, "what are they talking about?" Watch Chief Historian Garry Adelman in an "In Four Minutes "video to learn about the plethora of Civil War words and phrases that leave us dazed and confused today! 

Haunting Encounters With Revolutionary Ghouls

While study of the American Revolution quite often emphasizes the lasting legacies of unalienable rights and our visionary founders, many believe that the bloody battles fought for American independence also left behind specters of a spookier nature. From heroic figures whose presence exceeds their living days to those souls who can’t escape the wicked experiences of war, a lengthy list of paranormal activity can be connected to the nation’s founding conflict.

Peter Conover Hains

Peter Conover Hains made history when he fired the first shot of the Battle of Bull Run, but his legacy would be linked to more than just the first land battle of the American Civil War.

The Rise and Fall of the Powdered Wig

While it’s true that wigs were a major status symbol early in the second half of the 18th century, by 1800 short, natural hair was all the rage. Learn all about the rise and fall of wigs.

Witness Trees

Witness trees, like the land we save, have seen things we cannot imagine, and bear the marks of our nation's history.

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