This week, the National Park Getaway travels to the westernmost reach of the Florida Keys to visit a remote cluster of islands accessible only by charter, boat or float plane. Dry Tortugas National Park is known for coral reefs, sandy beaches, near-pristine sea grass beds that nurture diverse wildlife populations and historic Fort Jefferson.
Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas
In the shallow waters surrounding the park, snorkelers can discover vibrant corals, tropical fishes and sunken treasures of ancient shipwrecks.
Bird watchers will find that several species rarely seen elsewhere in the United States nest in the Dry Tortugas and migrating birds are a common sight in spring and fall. [Click to read more]
Minnesota regiments played an important role in the Civil War, sending some 25,000 men to fight for the Union. Minnesota soldiers faced combat at Shiloh, Gettysburg, and Missionary Ridge, and many also took part in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, fought on Minnesota soil. Watch the video below and read more about Minnesota’s role in the Civil Warat the Minnesota Historical Society.
The Tigress (middle boat) was General Grant's headquarters at Shiloh
SHILOH, Tenn. — Tennessee’s Shiloh National Military Park, a masterpiece of Civil War interpretation and preservation, will hold the 150th commemoration of its strategic battle during a series of events taking place March 29-April 8.
On a personal note, the Frontier Traveler’s great-great-grandfather, James Knox, of the 18th Missouri Infantry was wounded here.
The state’s 2012 Sesquicentennial Signature Event: “Invasions by Rail and River: The Battle of Shiloh” will be held April 4-5 at Pickwick Landing State Park in Pickwick Dam.
Confederate Infantry Lines, Living History
The Signature Event begins with the Looking Back project hosted by Tennessee State Library & Archives and also features a teacher’s workshop “Illuminating the Battle” hosted by Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Historic Preservation. There will be a red carpet film premiere of a state-of-the-art documentary The Story of Shiloh: Fiery Trial at 7 p.m. on April 4.
Thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for sharing this information:
Lighthouse at St. Marks
Mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the U.S. Civil War with a visit to a national wildlife refuge that preserves remains of the nation’s bitter four-year struggle and the period leading up to it. Each of these interpreted sites sheds light on a distinct facet of the war. And, of course, visitors can also enjoy seeing wildlife — from black bear to spoonbills– while they’re there.
I visited the Lighthouse at St. Marks a few years ago – and enjoyed the refuge, including the many alligators along the way!
On Saturday October 15 and Sunday October 16, a reenactment of the fighting at Culp’s Hill during the Gettysburg battle will be portrayed by the Texas 6th Infantry and other Texas reenactment groups. This will take place at Enchanted Springs Ranch, 3 miles west of Boerne, Texas, on highway 46. The battle will be held [...]
Last fall, Vicki and I spent a great day at this week’s National Park Getaway - Fort Scott, Kansas. Fort Scott was an especially interesting place for us to visit because of its role during the Bleeding Kansas period. (As native Missourians, we’d heard a lot about this period in history)
USC archaeologist Steven Smith has been awarded a grant to research the battle sites of Sherman’s historic march across South Carolina. The first year of this two-year project will be funded by a $64,200 grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program, which is part of the National Park Service (NPS). The grant was one of [...]