Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Visit to Antietam Battlefield

Hi there-

Dane and I will also be traveling--to Antietam Battlefield--so will share notes and finds from the visit. I grew up not far from there so it will be interesting to visit with a different perspective. Will also check out the records of nearby St. James School regarding students leaving to fight for both Union and Confederacy. Mason-Dixon line just minutes away. Hope also to visit Harper's Ferry and Sharpsburg.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pat and Don hit the road in search of Porter's past!

Two dedicated Civil War historians and Strawbery Banke Museum interpreters, Pat and Don Trefethen, depart on 25 August for Gettysburg. They will then visit Manassas on 29 Sunday. Follow this blog for photos of their trip to this critical place in Porter's life.

In mid- September, they will take a research trek to West Point, where Don was an NCO...Master Sergeant...for almost his entire 30 year career as well as being a drummer in the Hellcats...the USMA Band group attached to the cadets at West Point. They also hope to locate both Porter's grave in Brooklyn and his home in Morristown, NJ.

This knowledgeable and energetic team have already started research and design for a Porter walking tour of Portsmouth, which will be added to the Museum's tour roster for the season.

Happy trails!