| Sep 27, 2014
| 3:09 PM
When the troops of Brig. Gen. Charles Paine's Third Division crossed the James River at Deep Bottom on Sept. 29, 1864, they were not the first Union men to face the formidable Confederate defenses at New Market Heights near Richmond.
Twice before, the...
| May 23, 2014
| 7:26 AM
Museums and sites can help you track the story of our region. From the earliest settlers to the space explorers, Hampton Roads museums tell a continuous story of the importance of our area.
1. Air Power Park. Vintage military jets,...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 7:07 AM
Like many other places in eastern Virginia at the end of the Civil War, most of the records documenting Warwick County's long, long past had been reduced to ashes.
What hadn't been looted by curious Union soldiers during the month-long 1862 Siege of...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 5:02 PM
NEWPORT NEWS — Like many other places in eastern Virginia at the end of the Civil War, most of the records documenting Warwick County's long, long past had been reduced to ashes.
What hadn't been looted by curious Union soldiers during the month-...
| Aug 9, 2013
When you live in one of the most fought-over places in the Western Hemisphere, you can literally pick your battles. And I've been sifting through a lot of them in my mind while putting together my upcoming story on the too-often overlooked Battle of...
| Sep 3, 2013
Those Americans who hold the French in such contempt today might do well to look back at Sept. 5, 1781 for an instructive history lesson.
Without the French sailors who defeated the Royal Navy in the Battle of the Capes, Washington's triumph over...
| Oct 7, 2013
When the British army woke up on the morning of Oct. 7, 1781, one of the most decisive moments in the Siege of Yorktown and the winning of American independence had already come and gone.
American and French troops digging under the cover of darkness...
| Oct 9, 2013
The siege of Yorktown started with hordes of American and French soldiers wielding picks and shovels.
But not until three days later -- on Oct. 9, 1781 – did those same soldiers begin to dismantle nearly 200 years of British rule through the first...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 5:53 PM
Long before they became famous, many celebrated figures had close links to Hampton Roads.
Here are a dozen who made their names in film, art, literature, song, military history and other fields after living or visiting here.
Glenn Close. The three-...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 3:16 PM
Spring break is here, so it’s time for the Around Town annual reading list.
1. If your kid has escaped to Valley Forge this week, don’t miss the “Memoirs of Joseph Plumb Martin.” Plumb Martin enlisted in the Connecticut militia...
| Apr 14, 2012
| 8:13 PM
Few places in Virginia were more treacherous in April 1862 than the epic 12-mile line of earthworks that plowed across the Peninsula along the Warwick River.
Led by champion New York rifleman Hiram Berdan, Union sharpshooters clad in forest green...