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November 2014 Issue of
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C.S.A. Countermines Have Been Found At Petersburg Battlefield
By Kathryn Jorgensen
PETERSBURG, Va. — A recently rediscovered “amazing aspect that had slipped from memory and remained undisturbed for 150 years,” has staff at Petersburg National Battlefield excited


USS Monitor Conservators Prepare Turret Coat For Exhibit
By Scott C. Boyd
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – “This coat embodies the struggle to get off the ship. It is an unbelievably personal item,” says David Krop, Director of the USS Monitor Center at The Mariners’ Museum. “It speaks to the story of the night of the sinking of the Monitor.”


Lee & Traveller: Hidden History On Display In Leesburg
By Alana Blumenthal
LEESBURG, Va. — For many years, the Loudoun Museum has included in its Civil War displays a photograph of Robert E. Lee on his famous horse, Traveller, and two locks of hair belonging to the horse.


VA Offers Changes On Who Seeks Headstones
By Kathryn Jorgensen
WASHINGTON — The long-awaited Department of Veterans Affairs rule change covering headstone and marker applications for veterans who do not have relatives was published on the Oct. 1 Federal Register. Comment is due before Dec. 1.


Trust Raising Funds At 8 Battlefields
WASHINGTON — With $3,062,120 in funding lined up, the Civil War Trust needs $101,700 to conclude land purchases at eight battlefields. Total purchase price for the 304 acres is $3,163,820.


Petition Seeks Action On Park Boundaries
WASHINGTON — The Civil War Trust has posted a link on its website,, for people to sign a “Citizens Petition in Support of Protecting Hallowed Ground.”