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Battle Plan: Four Things to Know Before Visiting Gettysburg

A brief but fierce thunderstorm broke overhead as we neared Gettysburg, bringing to mind the sound of cannon fire and cataclysm. This was a long-envisioned visit for me and the CE, both of us having fallen a little ways down the rabbit … Continue reading

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Road Trip: Valley Forge

A funny thing happened on our way to Gettysburg – we ventured off the beaten path and somehow slipped back another century in time. We set off from the city on a fine spring morning. As happens every time I … Continue reading

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Squares in Savannah

It’s hip to be square in Savannah. (And yes, we qualify!) Well, at least it’s hip to do squares in Savannah. General James Oglethorpe, the most revered gentleman in the state of Georgia (with the possible exception of Uga, the … Continue reading

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History Lesson: Ft. King George

Before this trip, words that came to mind when I heard the word Georgia: Peaches Peanuts “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” “Midnight Train” a la Gladys Knight Words that never ever came to mind: King George II. … Continue reading

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Tragedy at the “Sunken Road”: a visit to Fredericksburg, VA

A few years back, I read The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer-winning novel about the Civil War. Centered on the events of the Battle of Gettysburg, it is a work of historically meticulous fiction and, if you are only going … Continue reading

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By George! A visit to Mount Vernon

Every time you take out your wallet, good old George stares you in the face, but how much do you really know about him? He could not tell a lie, he was the “father of our country” and in the … Continue reading

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That Sinking Feeling: The Titanic Exhibit at the National Geographic Museum

The fascination is endless and haunting. Famed oceanographer Robert Ballard, who fittingly claimed the prize for discovering the Titanic’s watery grave in 1985, comments aptly that “every generation re-discovers the Titanic”. And we re-discovered it last weekend at the National … Continue reading

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