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On “furlough” until 6 May

April 28, 2008 by

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Well, finals are in full swing and, despite efforts to make a post, this is the best I can do until after all the dust settles. So, with that in mind, I am taking a respite from my postings and plan on entering my next post around the 6th of May. Until then…

Looking forward… and the thought of analyzing Southern Loyalist Claims

April 24, 2008 by

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It might seem like I have laid aside my focus on Civil War “memory,” but I’ve actually been looking into beginning a run of posts that analyze Southern Loyalist Claims. In fact, what I may do is begin focusing on several regions (small groupings of counties in close proximity) within states and begin comparing the […]

What makes an historian a “digital historian?”

April 22, 2008 by

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Just some passing thoughts today. I say passing because I’m more preoccupied with completing three final projects for the semester. One more week to go and the spring semester of ’08 is history! Nevertheless, in the past few days, I’ve been thinking about digital history as a practice. Is it really ok to say that […]

An unconventional use of blog space — the rough draft of my hypertext nonfiction, “Being Cenantua”

April 20, 2008 by

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It’s most certainly a work in-progress, but for what it’s worth, I’m opening access to my hypertext nonfiction, “Being Cenantua.” Personally, I consider the site currently on par with a construction site in an early stage (READER BEWARE — there are “dead links.” O.K., by definition, they don’t necessarily qualify as “dead links,” the hyperlinked […]

When saying “I am studying Web design” just isn’t enough

April 18, 2008 by

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It’s been quite a while since I posted on anything relating directly to digital history, but the impulse struck me today. Granted, by writing this blog, I have been, to some degree, doing digital history. Yet, I haven’t posted much on theory or anything else that goes along with what really is digital history. To recap a little… after […]

The Shenandoah Valley’s Delegates to the 1861 Virginia Secession Convention

April 16, 2008 by

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I realized that I should have included this with my earlier posts about the vote for secession in the Shenandoah Valley. This is a record of the vote from Virginia’s Secession Convention. Keep in mind that these votes were made on April 4 and April 17 respectively. The public vote on secession did not come […]

An obsession with the American Civil War?

April 16, 2008 by

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Yes, and some people just don’t get it. I mean, I know there are a lot of people out there who understand just what I’m getting ready to say, but I think most people just don’t understand “us.” What does it mean to be obsessed with the Civil War? This is no simple discussion when […]

“Recalling” Ford’s Theatre – a personal indulgence in Civil War “memory”

April 14, 2008 by

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I didn’t learn about Edwin Arthur Emerson until about a year or so ago. I think the thing that most intrigued me was that, while I had been fascinated with the soldier family members who had served in the war, I did not realize that I had a family member present, on stage, on the […]

Comparing say… a grouping of counties from Alabama with the Shenandoah Valley

April 14, 2008 by

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I certainly believe that each area, no matter whether it be in Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina or in any of the states that made up the Confederacy, should be examined based on distinctive differences (demographics, slave population, etc.), taking each county and/or area, one at a time. So far, I’ve just focused on the […]

Anxious for secesh; not so anxious to fight

April 11, 2008 by

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No, it wasn’t a standard feeling of those who voted for “secesh,” but I do think it’s worth mentioning (especially in the wake of the quick analysis of the referendum numbers) that some who were anxious for secession and likely voted for it in the referendum, weren’t so eager to defend the very “cause” that […]

Crunching the number of votes between elections and the referendum on secession in the Shenandoah

April 10, 2008 by

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Speaking of crunched… ohhhhh, with only three weeks left in the semester, I’ve been crunched to find time to make a post. However, I can’t let go of this issue of the number of votes casts in the Shenandoah between 1856-1860, and the significant number of apparent absences at the polls when it came to […]

Number of voters in the Shenandoah Valley, 1856-1861

April 8, 2008 by

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The following table specifies the number of votes cast in the three elections from 1856-1860 and the referendum vote on secession in 1861. I’ll comment more on this later. However, with a quick glance at the difference between numbers of voters in 1860 and 1861, in most cases (Rockingham and Shenandoah counties being the exception) […]

Bidding farewell to Major Dundee

April 6, 2008 by

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Pausing briefly in my postings about the Shenandoah Valley, I wanted to reflect a bit on the death of Charlton Heston. After hearing the news, my immediate memories were of The Ten Comandments (ranking first), Planet of the Apes, Midway, El Cid, Gray Lady Down, and a vague memory of Soylent Green (and, of course, the NRA). While I enjoyed most […]

Returns for the 1860 Presidential Election in the Shenandoah Valley

April 4, 2008 by

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I found the information for the 1860 Presidential election on a West Virginia Division of Culture and History site. Incidentally, it was rare for Lincoln to appear on a ballot in western Virginia (or most of the Commonwealth), but it appears he was present on the ballot in Shenandoah County, Virginia. County Abraham Lincoln (Republican) […]

Returns for the 1856 Presidential & 1859 Gubernatorial Vote in the Shenandoah Valley

April 4, 2008 by

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Still need the returns for the 1860 Presidential election, but, in the meantime, this is a start. The quick and handy source for information about the 1856 Presidential election returns in Virginia and the 1859 Virginia Gubernatorial returns is The Virginia Civil War Home Page: County Millard Fillmore (Whig) 1856 James Buchanan (Democrat) 1856 William […]

A pause in the data-flow regarding thoughts about Civil War sentiments in the Shenandoah Valley

April 4, 2008 by

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Since I’m unable to find the next set of stats that I had planned to post today, I figured that this was a good opportunity to pause a bit and reflect on what I’ve put online and what is yet to come. About two years ago, when I was compiling data for my thesis, I […]

Southern Unionist Claims for the Shenandoah Valley

April 3, 2008 by

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While the referendum vote on secession for the different counties of the Shenandoah Valley may reflect one thing (most especially to someone who doesn’t look beyond raw numbers), deeper probing into other numbers brings about a need to investigate even further. That said, the following is submitted for consideration in combination with my post from […]

Technical difficulties… with footnotes

April 2, 2008 by

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I usually create my posts through Mozilla Firefox. However, tonight, when I reviewed my post from yesterday, I realized, on my home computer where I use Internet Explorer, the footnotes aren’t showing up like they did in Firefox. Soooo, to those who have suffered through viewing my post of 4/1 with IE, please pardon the error. […]

Referendum numbers on secession in the Shenandoah Valley

April 2, 2008 by

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Considering I brought up the use of coercion in the referendum for secession in Virginia (and more specifically in Page County in the Shenandoah Valley) in yesterday’s post, I thought it might be interesting to ride with this topic a little more. Today, I’m laying out the raw numbers on the referendum for all of […]

Coercion and the vote for secession

April 1, 2008 by

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I can’t help but think of that scene in Gods & Generals when it came to the vote for secession in Rockbridge County, Virginia. Some may remember it, where the actor playing William Nelson Pendleton announced the vote and that there had been only one vote against secession in the county (after which, a person […]