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'Living historians" dressed as U.S. Colored Troops hold their firearms during a recent Civil War battle re-enactment.

History brought to life at Civil War battle sites

Patrick Lacey and other participants at a recent "Living History" event at the Petersburg National Battlefield resembled Civil War scholars with a penchant for the dramatic, there to enact and educate. Published September 9, 2014

A statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson stands at Manassas National Battlefield Park at Manassas, Virginia. The park offers three hiking trails of varying lengths, a ranger-led walking tour and a network of roads that allows for self-guided driving tours. (Associated Press photographs)

D.C.-area Civil War battlefields offer history and hiking

Tracing the footfalls of Ulysses S. Grant and visiting the room where Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson breathed his last can be experienced within a day's drive of the nation's capital, ringed by battlefields where thousands of soldiers fought and bled and died in the Civil War. Published September 3, 2014

Tourists visit the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times) ** FILE **

A monumental city: Getting around D.C.'s National Mall

The window seat of an airplane descending into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport might offer the best overall view of the National Mall and its multitude of monuments, but more accessible alternatives to see the sites and scenes of the nation's front yard abound. Published July 24, 2014

Fireworks can be seen from the Top of the Town as they explode over the National Mall to celebrate Independence Day, Arlington, Va., Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times) (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Celebrating the birth of America

The Fourth of July in Washington brings to mind images of fireworks exploding against the backdrop of the nation's grandest monuments. But the D.C. area offers much more than just the grand display on the national Mall, with parades, celebrations and festivals to honor Independence Day. Published July 3, 2014