Robert C. Daniels

Author / Adjunct History Professor

Author of: 

- 1220 Days: the story of U.S. Marine Edmond Babler and his experiences in Japanese Prisoner of War Camps during World War II

- World War II in Mid-America:  Experiences from rural Mid-American during the Second World War 

- Several published military history articles at


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About 1220 Days

About World War II in Mid-America

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About Touring the Black Hawk War

Exploring Norfolk Cemeteries Project


Articles within this website:

Read Interviews

Ed Gein:  the Cannibal Myth Exposed

Ardin Biggerstaff's Black Hawk War Diary


The following are licensed as for free use under Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0)

The Birth and Rise of Christianity (CC BY 4.0)

Ancient World Civilization Timelines (CC BY 4.0)

Ancient Adena, Hopewell, and Fort Ancient Ohio Mounds (CC BY 4.0)

My Egyptian Pyramid Pictures (CC BY 4.0)

My Stonehenge Pictures (CC BY 4.0)

Italy:  Rome, Pisa,  Vesuvius, Pompeii Pictures (CC BY 4.0)

Israel Pictures (CC BY 4.0) 

American Civil War Battle-Sites and Other Pictures (CC BY 4.0)

Additional American Civil War Battle-Sties and Other Pictures (BY 4.0)

Local (Tidewater, VA) Historical Selfie Tour (CC BY 40)


Read Some of My Published Articles:

The 1712 to 1736 Fox Wars

World War II Veteran Interview

Hell Ship - From the Philippines to Japan

Interview of a WWII Veteran

The Failures at Spion Kop

The Quality of the Combatants in the Black Hawk War

The Muslim Horde's Easy Invasion of Iberia

MacArthur's Failures in the Philippines

Failures of Democracy Led to the Rise of Communism during the Spanish Civil War

Hitler, Germany's Worst General



Additional American Civil War Battle-Sites and Other Notable Pictures of the War

(This page is an addition to and containing more sites than my original page of these Civil War battle-sites and other notable pictures of the war, accessible at, the original site becoming too large and unwieldy.)


If/as COVID-19 permits, I will be updating this page during the winter months of this year after I make a planned trip to the Richmond, VA, area to re-visit the Seven Days Battles - Battle of Fair Oaks/Oak Grove, Battle of Mechanicsville, Battle of Gaines Mill, Battle of Savage's Station, Battle of Glendale, and the Battle of Malvern Hill - as well as the plantation office building south of Fredericksburg where Stonewall Jackson died.



The following pictures were taken by Robert Daniels over various years


(Additional American Civil War Battle-Sites and Other Notable Pictures of the War by Robert Daniels is licensed under CC BY 4.0.)


The American Civil War, fought between 12 April 1861 and 9 May 1865 was one of the bloodiest wars fought by the United States.  Fought mostly in the southern states, it cost the lives of between 620,000 and 750,000 soldiers (both Union and Confederate.  Many of the battlefields that remain today and are open to the public are under the protection of and administered by the U.S. National Park Service, while others are protected and managed by state or local governments.  What follows are pictures of some of these sites that I visited.  These pictures were taken over numerous years.  I hope you enjoy viewing them.


Included to-date are the Battles of or sites of:

The Siege of Suffolk

The Dismal Canal and the Battle of South Mills.



Siege of Suffolk, Virginia

About 17 or so miles southwest of Portsmouth, Virginia, is the city of Suffolk.  Soon after the fall of both Norfolk and Portsmouth to the northeast in May of 1862 until the end of the war, Suffolk was under the control of Union forces.  However, from early April to May of 1863 the city was laid siege to by Confederate forces under the command of Confederate General James Longstreet.  During this siege, the Union sent a small fleet of armored ironclad ships down the Nansemond River to relieve the siege.  This fleet was fired at and returned fire upon Confederate shore batteries along the river just west of the town.  Soon afterward, Longstreet and his troops were recalled by General Robert E. Lee, ending the siege.  Although no known fortifications remain of this siege, two historical markers are present to in the city to commemorate the siege.  Both are located on N. Main Street, one at its intersection with Godwin Blvd. and Pruden Blvd., and the other about 3/4th of a mile south near the parking lot of a Pizza Hut.






Dismal Swamp Canal and the Battle of South Mills

Leading South from what is now Chesapeake, Virginia, to the Albemarle Sound in North Carolina, is the Dismal Swamp Canal.  It skirts the eastern edge of the Dismal Swamp and passes through South Mills, North Carolina, where a lock was at the time and still is located today.  During the war, both sides wanted control of the canal since it connected the Portsmouth/Norfolk area with the Sound, therefore, it was as an avenue of supplies to the Confederacy in the area.  Two skirmished occurred over the control of the canal, the first in April 1862 and the second in December 1863.  Following are pictures and markers pertaining to the canal and these skirmishes.

This marker is located in the Deep Creek Lock Park, in the Deep Creek section of Chesapeake, Virginia.


This marker is located in the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail parking lot, in the Deep Creek section of Chesapeake.



The above two markers are located in the Ballahack Boat Ramp/Dismal Swamp Canal Trail parking lot along the canal/trail near the corner of Ballahack Rd. and Highway 17 in southern Chesapeake.  Although the North West Canal is no longer usable, its remnants can be seen along Glencoe St. just north of the remains of the Beeckwood Manor and cemetery (see below).



Beechwood Manor and its cemetery, both located on Belle Haven St. in southern Chesapeake, Virginia about a mile east of the canal.



Map of the Civil War in North Carolina (from the above marker)



                  CSS Albemarle (from the above marker)                                            SS Massaoit (from the above marker)


The "Battle of Elizabeth City" painting (from the above marker)

The above marker and its insets are located just off of the parking lot in the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center along Highway 17, 3 miles south of the Virginia-North Carolina state border in North Carolina.


The above marker is located on Canal Dr. in South Mills, North Carolina, just west of the South Mills Lock.


This marker is situated on State Road 343, about 2.5 miles southeast of South Mills.



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