Greetings. Since our last update here. Julia Steele and David Lowe have retired from the National Park Service and if anything here conflicts with NPS policies, then we officially no longer care. We all had a good ride. It is time for the youngsters to take over. Our colleague, Dr. Philip Shiman is still working full-time (poor soul) for the US Defense Department in a classified position. He doesn't talk to us much, but when he does, we listen. We will continue to contribute to the Petersburg Project and hope to bring others on board as contributors. We appreciate all of our visitors. Together, we are putting the Siege of Richmond and Petersburg on the map where it belongs--the longest continuous battle of the American Civil War and where modern trench warfare originated. Thanks, David, Julie, and Phil.
11/18/2022 06:41:32 pm
We have been working to create a virtual recreation of the entire region of Petersburg to City Point incluiding the military railroad, and all details of the city and the region in 1865, our projects is 3 years old now and going strong. I hope to get in touch with you on the team please contact me
11/18/2022 08:05:39 pm
Following up on our message about our City Point USMRR Project, we are just now buidling Petersburg using original maps and info. If we could get a high rez copy of the large map you posted of downtown with all of the structures it could help a lot we found the full Beers Map Set of 1870 in Paris. Our project is using a railroad simulation program so the trains will be able to be operated by viewers as well as the steamships on the river, we plan to detail the battle field of the seige in full detail and have completed City Point and the USMRR line up to about half way. The track for all of the confederate RRs in Petesrsburg is laid and some of the significant structures already in place. We have a senior Architectural Engineer, a highly skilled landscape photographer, experts on Steam Machinery and RR and some master modellers on our team and are privately funded. We would very much like to communicate any of your team still active. We very much appreciate the incredible work you have done. We plan to release our project to the Smithsonian, the Park Service and any Civil War historical entities that may have use for it. We plan to include the raid by the Capital Fleet from Richmond at Trents Reach and viewers of the project will be able to operate the irconcclads and witness the battle. It is our hope to help preserve the history of both sides for all who were there were Americans and our ancestors and the history significant in many ways for the freed slaves known then as countrebrand, formed a huge part of the gigantic construction corps on the Union side who built the entire City Point base and all of the many fortifications and that would not have been possible without them so it is their history too. Please respond to us via my e mail above.
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