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Old 10-16-2012, 05:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default In Virginia for work, need ideas for GOOD civil war memorials to visit

This upcoming weekend I am making my way up to Richmond and then to Harrisonburg. Where is the best Civil War battlefield memorial to visit that is not too off the beaten path and not too expensive. I'd really like to visit and read about some of the history. Thanks.
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A little north of Harrisonburg is New Market where the VMI cadets were put into battle. The Virginia Museum of the Civil War is also there: New Market Home Page

Also, up and down the Shenandoah Valley (from Lexington up to around Winchester) Union forces raided and burned farms, in addition to several battles in the area. You can read up on that here: Stonewall Jackson Shenandoah Valley Campaign - Stonewall Jackson Valley Campaign - Shenandoah At War

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A little north of Harrisonburg is New Market where the VMI cadets were put into battle. The Virginia Museum of the Civil War is also there: New Market Home Page

Also, up and down the Shenandoah Valley (from Lexington up to around Winchester) Union forces raided repeatedly and burned farms, in addition to several battles in the area. You can read up on that here: Stonewall Jackson Shenandoah Valley Campaign - Stonewall Jackson Valley Campaign - Shenandoah At War

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Is the museum pretty good? The website kind of makes it sounds like it is about just that one battle. Does it cover most of the civil war as well as what took place there? Basically if I wanted a museum for the civil war covering multiple aspects of it, would this be a useful museum?

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Is the museum pretty good? The website kind of makes it sounds like it is about just that one battle. Does it cover most of the civil war as well as what took place there? Basically if I wanted a museum for the civil war covering multiple aspects of it, would this be a useful museum?

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I haven't been for awhile, but it was okay--obviously a little slanted towards the area, but it had some overview info as well. It's quite small, though.

If you want a more comprehensive museum, you might be better served finding something around Richmond (like this: American Civil War CenterAmerican Civil War Center At Historic Tredegar In Richmond, Virginia. or The Museum of the Confederacy | Museum of the Confederacy). Also the Petersburg battlefield isn't too far from Richmond.
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What do you do for work? I'm currently in the market for a new job...completely burnt out in my current one.
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What do you do for work? I'm currently in the market for a new job...completely burnt out in my current one.
I'm an admissions officer for Norwich University in Northfield, VT. I travel a couple of weeks in the fall and spring to cities to talk at High Schools about college options and about Norwich. But this will be my last time doing it, I am very close to landing a job with the US Army as a civilian contract specialist, thank god to because I am so done with this job I have now. I would have to move to New Jersey because of it, but that's potatoes compared to the benefits.

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Oh that's right...you've told me that before. I'm a logistics manager...same old, same old every single damn day. Not many job opportunities here in VT...


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If you get a little further north I would suggest Harpers Ferry WV (west of Washington DC). It is a beautiful setting on the Potomac River. The colors should be at peak this weekend.
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Oh that's right...you've told me that before. I'm a logistics manager...same old, same old every single damn day. Not many job opportunities here in VT...
Are you casually looking for new work or are you trying really hard to find a new job? I would suggest going to usajobs.gov and creating an account and uploading your resume. I keep hearing of these government jobs in Vermont, not sure of location though, and that their looking for new hires. The usajobs.gov has a search where you can look for specific jobs in certain fields as well as specific areas. If you do end up finding a job you are serious about, let me know because their is something I have to tell you about the application process to help you out. You're right though, not much opportunity in the eight-o-deuce.
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I'm seriously looking...in other words I often day-dream about how I would announce I would give my two weeks notice...

Thanks for the website...I'll definitely sign up!

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Are you casually looking for new work or are you trying really hard to find a new job? I would suggest going to usajobs.gov and creating an account and uploading your resume. I keep hearing of these government jobs in Vermont, not sure of location though, and that their looking for new hires. The usajobs.gov has a search where you can look for specific jobs in certain fields as well as specific areas. If you do end up finding a job you are serious about, let me know because their is something I have to tell you about the application process to help you out. You're right though, not much opportunity in the eight-o-deuce.
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A little OT of the Civil War history but I always wanted to get the VA to see Historic Jamestown & Yorktown settlements. I love history especially older 17 & 18th centuries. Please get pictures to share when you go!
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A little OT of the Civil War history but I always wanted to get the VA to see Historic Jamestown & Yorktown settlements. I love history especially older 17 & 18th centuries. Please get pictures to share when you go!
If you ever get over there, be sure to hit Colonial Williamsburg too--it's a pretty interesting experience.
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If you ever get over there, be sure to hit Colonial Williamsburg too--it's a pretty interesting experience.
Oh yea duh lol, how did I leave that one out. They are all 3 fairly close aren't they?
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