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Curator to trace Ewell’s march from Fredericksburg into Pennsylvania

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WHTM in Harrisburg, Pa., reports on Brett Kelley, who will retrace Confederate soldiers’ route from Fredericksburg to Harrisburg to get a first-hand sense of what such a march was like during the Civil War. The TV station has a video, too.

Kelley will follow the same route taken by Gen. Richard Ewell‘s Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia in 1863 from Fredericksburg, Virginia, to the outskirts of Harrisburg. Kelley’s two-week march will raise money for the education department at the National Civil War Museum, rather like participants in a local March of Dimes event do for charity.

His ambitious cross-country hike, in a woolen Confederate uniform with rifle, bedroll and other gear, starts at 6:30 a.m. at the monument to Sgt. Richard Kirkland–the “Angel of Marye’s Heights–along the Sunken Road on the Fredericksburg battlefield. This part of the field is probably the most-visited part of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

Coincidentally, the park’s Donald C. Pfanz is the author of a well-received biography of Ewell.

Kelley created a YouTube site for a similar fundraising march he did last year for his institution’s education programs.

The museum says you can follow this year’s journey via Kelley’s blog, the museum’s Facebook page and occasional videos on YouTube.

There’s a map of his route here.

Those who wish to donate to “In Their Footsteps: On the March to Pennsylvania” may do so directly on the NCWM website or Kelley’s First Giving fundraising page. Or they can call the museum at 866-BLU-GRAY.

Personally, I’m looking forward to meeting Mr. Kelley–and wish him well in his adventures.