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This page contains a listing of the changes to this site previous to 2007.

December 30, 2006:
Began adding a section on the Overland Campaign.

December 9 & 10, 2006:
Added a page about the Union retreat from the Battle of 2nd Manassas and the Stone Bridge. Also updated much of the text and added several photos in that same section.

December 4, 2006:
Added a listing of on-line glossaries and listings of Civil War terminology to the Resources and Links page. Updated several others.

December 2 & 3, 2006:
Added new panoramas of the Manassas Battlefield. Updated several others.

November 26 & 27, 2006:
Updated the section on the Battle of Second Manassas including adding several new pages and updating many of the images.

November 12, 2006:
Updated the Resources and Links page.

November 3, 4, 5, & 6, 2006:
Added pictures and text to the pages concerning the Iron Brigade and the Death of General Reynolds. Also added/edited:

October 29, 2006:
Updated and fixed broken or redirected links of the Resources and Links page.

October 23 & 24, 2006:
Restructured and added panoramas to the Gettysburg Panorama pages. The Gettysburg panorama pages are now separated by the individual days of battle for faster loading.

October 5, 2006:
Corrected some spelling errors that are just too embarrassing to mention.

October 3, 2006:
Added a panorama of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

September 29 & 30, 2006:
Added a new page on Stonewall Jackson's capture of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia prior to the Battle of Antietam and updated the page on A. P. Hill's flank attack and the Texas Brigade at Antietam. Also updated the menu names on all Antietam pages for easier navigation.

July 7, 8, & 9, 2006:
Started a new blog entitled "Civil War Photos". Updated the photos of the William Rihl monument in Greencastle, PA, Herr Ridge, the Eternal Light Peace Memorial on Oak Hill, Longstreet in Pitzer's Woods at sunrise, and Pardee Field. Also added before and after panoramas of the Devil's Den and Devil's Den and Houck's Ridge showing the progress made in restoring the battlefield to its 1863 appearance. Added panoramas of Oak Ridge and Iverson's Pits also showing the results of recent tree clearing and of Barlow's Knoll at sunset. Added a picture of the field over which Brigadier General Joseph R. Davis advanced on the morning of July 1, 1863.

June 24 & 25, 2006:
Replaced older picture of the room at Guinea Station where CSA General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson died with a larger, better quality picture. Also updated the video clip of the Virginia Monument at Sunrise.

June 17, 2006:
Added or edited pictures on the Gettysburg Day 1, Main Menu, and Added a current picture of General Lee's headquarters.

June 3 & 4, 2006:
Re-edited multiple pictures throughout the site.

May 28, 2006:
Added pages entitled The Scene Revisited and The Confusion of Battle to the Battle of Fredericksburg section. Added pictures of cannon at Chatham Manor and of the Middle Crossing along with Colonel Norman J. Hall's description of the 7th Michigan's crossing of the river under fire. Also re-edited some pictures, and fixed a few broken internal links.

May 20 & 21, 2006:
Added several Fredericksburg Videos and re-edited some of the existing videos. Updated the Resources & Links page along with the Site Map.

May 13 & 14, 2006:
Completely revised the Multimedia page adding several new videos from Antietam, Manassas, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor. Also added a video section to the Resources and Links page.

April 30, 2006:
Added a new slideshow to the Multimedia page.

April 30, 2006:
Added a panorama of the Line General Sickles was to have held as ordered by General Meade.

April 14 & 15, 2006:
Added more 3rd and 5th Corps monument pictures to the Order of Battle page. Also re-edited a few of the Eastern Theater Panoramas.

April 9, 2006:
Added a picture of the fields defended by Battery B 1st New Jersey Light. Also updated pictures highlighting the Terrain of Pickett's Charge, the North Carolina Monument, and some of the 2nd and 3rd Corps monuments on the Order of Battle page.

April 8, 2006:
Removed all references and links to the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association due to their support for the proposed Casino near the battlefield and to the content of their testimony during the recent hearings. More details to follow.

April 1, 2006:
Verified and fixed all links on the Resources and Links page.

March 21, 2006:
Re-edited many of the Antietam pictures.

March 11 & 12, 2006:
Added about 21 more pictures to the Union Order of Battle page which includes the regimental monuments. Also updated a few pictures throughout the site.

March 4 & 5, 2006:
Added about 52 more pictures to the Union Order of Battle page which includes the regimental monuments.

March 2, 2006:
Added a page about the 21st Mississippi, Captain Bigelow and the 9th Massachusetts Artillery, and Colonel Freeman McGilvery's artillery line on Cemetery Ridge.

March 1, 2006:
Civil War Interactive Editor's Choice AwardWell, this was a very unexpected surprise. I just learned that the excellent on-line daily Civil War newspaper, "Civil War Interactive" has honored this web site with their Editor's Choice Award. This is what they were kind enough to say. "A nicely done site with a rather misleading name. While the Battle of Gettysburg is the main focus, the pages include much more than that, including Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, Manassas and more. The webmaster has done an excellent job of blending informative text with superb pictures. Pay attention to the navigation bar on the left, as it changes from page to page meaning there's much more to the site than it first appears. A very enjoyable website!"

Thank you very much CWI for your very kind words and the honor of your award.

February 26, 2006:
Added two pages to the Day 3 section, one offering a Confederate perspective of Pickett's Charge and one from the Union side.

February 19, 2006:
Added to, and updated the code for viewing, the video clips. Also, sadly, added information on the recently vandalized monuments at Gettysburg.

February 15, 2006:
Updated the code for viewing the video clips.

February 11, 2006:
Still re-editing more of the existing photographs.

January 27 & 28, 2006:
Continued to re-edit many of the existing photographs. Also added a picture of the sanctuary inside the Dunker Church.

January 21 to 23, 2006:
Re-edited many of site's older Antietam pictures and added a picture of the view from Seminary Ridge to Cemetery Ridge.

January 14 & 15, 2006:
Re-edited many of site's older pictures including most of The Gettysburg Panoramas. Added a large picture of the Virginia Monument, and several new Gettysburg Battlefield panoramas including Major General Oliver O. Howard's line facing Oak Ridge, the Devil's Den, and several views of, or from, Little Round Top. The files I re-edited are larger than their predecessors and so will load a little more slowly with dial up connections.

January 12, 2006:
Added to the existing Note To Parents regarding the content of this site and precautions for young children.

January 7 & 8, 2006:
Updated both Orders of Battle for the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac. Also added a picture of cannon facing north on Cemetery Hill in the direction of the July 2nd attacks and a picture of Devil's Den & Houck's Ridge from Little Round Top. Added segments of various official reports to the page concerning Pardee Field and a panorama of Lt. Colonel McGilvery's Artillery Line.

January 1-3, 2006:
Updated many of the Battle of Gettysburg Day 1 pages. Also added a Dedication Page.

December 26, 2005:
Added two large panoramas. The largest, a 1.5MB file, is of the Battlefield from the Culp's Hill Tower. The other is a view of the southern end of the field from Little Round Top.

December 18, 2005:
Added a page about Visiting the Gettysburg Battlefield.

December 10, 2005:
Redesigned the Multimedia Page and added links to on-site videos. Also added a video of the Virginia Monument along Gettysburg Seminary Ridge at sunrise and the View from Little Round Top.

December 05, 2005:
Redesigned the entry page to this site. Also updated several pictures including those on the pages about General Hancock's wounding, the Triangle Field, Colonel Isaac Avery & Cemetery Hill (including additional text), The Bliss Farm (including additional text), the Trostle Farm, and Brigadier General Strong Vincent.

November 27, 2005:
Updated the Resources & Links page by adding sections concerning "Casualties" and "Civilian Life" along with adding links to several existing sections.

November 19 & 20, 2005:
Added a picture of the Children of Amos Humiston. Sergeant Humiston was found on the field holding a picture of his 3 children, apparently the last thing upon which he gazed before he died.

Also added a page on the Triangle Field at Gettysburg which includes pictures of the field, Captain James Smith's 4th New York Battery Monument, and the monument to the 124th New York infantry and Colonel Augustus Van Horn Ellis.

Also added a page on General Robert E. Lee's Headquarters and his plans for the final assaults of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Added a picture of the remains of the Wrightsville Bridge.

Also edited and made minor revisions to the pages for the Battle of Gettysburg Days 1 and 2.

November 12 & 13, 2005:
Added original 19th century pictures of several locations so that visitors to this site can see how the sites looked in the 1860s. Pages with these pictures include:


Antietam: Fredericksburg: 2nd Manassas: All Civil War era pictures are courtesy of the United States Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration. Just click on the link on each of these pages that says, "How this location looked then." Please be cautious as some include graphic pictures of battlefield casualties.

Also updated the page on the Sunken Road / Bloody Lane and added a part on Antietam's Battlefield terrain.

November 9, 2005:
I am very disappointed to announce that the Guest Book has been removed from this site due to a near constant stream of unwanted spam. Please feel free to e-mail any comments or questions you may have by visiting this page of our site.

November 5 & 6, 2005:
Updated several of the pictures on the Battle of Antietam page. Updated the formatting of the entire site so that it is equally well viewed at 1024 X 768 and 800 X 600 resolutions. {And it looks better too!} Validated all html.

October 29 & 30, 2005:
Updated the page on Robert E. Lee. Also corrected the formatting of many of the primary pages.

October 16, 2005:
Added title banners to most of the main pages with some yet to go.

October 1 & 2, 2005:
Updated the page on President Lincoln's response to Major General Ambrose E. Burnside's official report for the Battle of Fredericksburg. Updated most of the Chancellorsville pages including those concerning General Hooker's May 1st Offensive, Hazel Grove and the Bullock House, and Stonewall Jackson's Wounding. Also added a quote from "The Heart of a Soldier, As Revealed in the Intimate Letters of Genl. George E. Pickett C.S.A." on the Abraham Lincoln page (last quote at the bottom).

September 24 & 25, 2005:
Added a page concerning the Federal's pontoons at Fredericksburg as well as President Abraham Lincoln's response to General Burnside's official report. Also added text to the page concerning the battered ruins of Fredericksburg and a picture of the grave marker and monument to Major General JEB Stuart at the Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond Virginia. Added an additional view of the monument to Sergeant Richard Kirkland, the Angel of Marye's Heights, which includes a section of the original stone wall at Fredericksburg. Also added a picture of the ridge line which Major General George Gordon Meade wished to defend during May 1, 1863 and the Chancellorsville Campaign (click on link in first paragraph).

September 17 & 18, 2005:
Added multiple pictures to the Chancellorsville section along with a new page about Union Major General Hooker's May 1st offensive and Confederate Major General McLaws actions on the same ground.

September 11, 2005:
Added several pictures and updated almost all of those remaining in the Fredericksburg section with more to come.

September 10, 2005:
Added a few pictures and updated almost all of those remaining in the Chancellorsville section with more to come.

September 07, 2005:
Added a brief video of the room at Guinea Station Virginia where Confederate Lieutenant General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson died.

August 27 & 28, 2005:
Added a page and pictures about The Wheatfield and updated the Contact page which includes the Brotherswar.com e-mail address for feedback, comments, and questions, a Guest Book, and a link to the Brotherswar.com Blog. Also added additional quotes to the Antietam Aftermath page.

August 21, 2005:
Updated the Conditions for Use page which address how and under what circumstances content original to the author of this site may or may not be used. Also added links to the Links and On-Line Resources page.

August 6, 2005:
I am happy to report that our entire slide show page has been updated. We have added a new multimedia slide show entitled "The Essence of Gettysburg" and have upgraded our previous show. Both can be found at our "Civil War Sideshow" page. {Please, this slide show is recommended for broadband connections only.}

August 5, 2005:
Added pictures of the 147th Pennsylvania monument and a picture of the 1st (2nd) Maryland CSA Advanced Marker showing its position in respect to Pardee Field.

August 2, 2005:
Added a page with several pictures concerning the Texas Brigade and the 140th New York on July 2, 1863.

August 1, 2005:
Updated and/or added pictures to the following pages:
The Men of the 1st (2nd) Maryland & Grace, CSA
The 1st (2nd) Maryland CSA Advance Marker
Remains of Confederate Burial Trenches
The 20th Maine, Southern Slope of Little Round Top, & the 20th Maine on Big Round Top
The monument to the 137th New York on Culp's Hill

July 24, 2005:
I am very pleased to announce a new entry on my "American Civil War & The Battle of Gettysburg" Blog which discusses the work of award winning historical landscape and preservation artist, Jeff Fioravanti. Please click here to read the article, learn about the artist and his work towards the preservation of our treasured historic lands, and see some examples of this talented artist's fine work.

July 23, 2005:
Updated the page concerning Civil War Battlefield Preservation.

July 16, 2005:
Validated and updated all links on the Resources & Links page.

July 10, 2005:
Updated many of the pictures for the Battle of Gettysburg for July 1, 1863, July 2, 1863, and July 3, 1863. Also updated some of those in the

July 5, 2005:
Added a short movie clip of a skirmisher demonstration from a recent Battlefield Walk at Hunterstown Pennsylvania.

June 24, 2005:
Updated many of the pictures on the Gettysburg July 1 1863 pages.

June 11, 2005:
Added a smaller sister site, Gettysburg in the Snow, which depicts various locations on the battlefield during or after a winter snow.

June 5, 2005:
Continued to add pictures of monuments to the Order of Battle pages.

May 28 & 29, 2005:
Corrected an error and added several pictures to the Army of the Potomac Order of Battle page.

May 22, 2005:
Added a lengthy page to the "Gettysburg July 3, 1863" section discussing Major General JEB Stuart. Also re-wrote the page on Brigadier General Louis Armistead's role in Pickett's Charge.

May 21, 2005:
Added quotes on the pages for The Battle of Chancellorsville, Casualties and The Field of Pickett's Charge. Also added a Trivia section to the Resources & Links page.

May 18, 2005:
Re-edited the pages for The Battle of Gettysburg, July 2, 1863.

May 15, 2005:
Added a page on the Union Cavalry's position on Herr Ridge early morning on July 1, 1863. Also edited slightly most of the Gettysburg Day 1 pages and added a panorama of the view from Buford Avenue looking towards Herr Ridge.

May 7, 2005:
Added a Weblog to the Contact Page. I will be posting something new at least each weekend.

May 1, 2005:
Added picture of the field of Pickett's Charge and a page about the Innis House at Fredericksburg.

April 30, 2005:
Updated the introductory page and added a picture of the fields over which Union General Meade marched his men towards Jackson's lines at Fredericksburg. Also added a picture of the Sickles' wounding marker at Gettysburg.

April 24, 2005:
Added additional quotes or otherwise edited a few of the Chancellorsville and Antietam pages: Georgia Monument at Sharpsburg, Jackson's wounding at Chancellorsville, the burial of Jackson's arm, and the death of Stonewall Jackson.

April 14, 2005:
Fixed link to the Jackson Wounding Map.

April 2, 2005:
Added several items to the Chancellorsville section including a page on the Cracker Barrel Conference, a map of the route taken by General Jackson during the reconnaissance on which he was wounded, and a section on the United Daughters of the Confederacy Marker at the Salem Church which honors Confederate and Union men alike.

Also added a panorama of Washington DC as seen from Arlington.

March 31, 2005:
Added a page on Major General Joseph Hooker and his plans for the Battle of Chancellorsville.

March 25, 2005:
Added a page on to the Soldier's Stories section about John Burns and his day of fighting with the Iron Brigade at Gettysburg. Includes a picture of Burns and of his monument on McPherson Ridge.

March 20, 2005:
Added a page on the Battle's First Shot. Also added a page about CSA Brigadier General Barksdale's assault on Day 2 and Colonel Willard's counter assault. Added to existing page about Union Major General Sickle's wounding and the loss of his leg.

March 19, 2005:
Added a page in the section concerning "Antietam" about General Lee and his plans after the victory at Second Manassas / Bull Run. This includes a picture of the new Monument to General Lee. Also added a picture of the monument to Major General Meade in Washington DC.

March 17, 2005:
Added a page in "Perspectives" about the Life of Soldiers as written by Private Sam Watkins.

March 12, 2005:
Added images of individual monuments and park tablets/markers to the Order of Battle pages. Army of the Potomac and Army of Northern Virginia.

March 5, 2005:
Added images of Peter Frederick Rothermel's paintings of the CSA 1st Maryland's fight on Culp's Hill and Pickett's Charge.

Also added a page on Brigadier General Joseph Davis' July 1 assault and the 147th New York Infantry.

February 27, 2005:
Added several Panoramas to the Gettysburg Panoramas page.

Also added several pictures to the pages on the fighting which occurred on July 3, 1863.

February 21, 2005:
Added pictures and text to the Emancipation Proclamation page of the Antietam section.

Added picture of the monument to the Angel of Marye's Heights to the Fredericksburg pages.

Also added picture of the Monument to the Soldiers and Sailors of the Confederacy on the Perspective pages.