Browsing All Posts filed under »Sesquicentennial«

Turner Ashby, in family and personal… “memory”

June 6, 2012 by

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There are several posting Turner Ashby’s death picture today. After all, it was on this day that the “Black Knight”* met his end, just outside Harrisonburg, Virginia. As for me, I’ll opt out on posting that pic, and any lengthy account of the circumstances surrounding his death… but, will post some of my thoughts on […]

Along the road to McDowell… another Sesqui moment

May 6, 2012 by

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Because of the move, I’m still without certain notes and books to back me up with quotes and whatnot… so, I’m going to wing it again… The masses are flocking (or so it would seem) to McDowell, Virginia this weekend for the 150th anniversary of the battle, but… it’s not the actual Sesqui until Tuesday. […]

Let’s be honest with Shenandoah Valley history for the Spring of ’62… not all locals were happy with Stonewall’s presence

May 5, 2012 by

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I’ve seen a good deal of “Stonewall Jackson praising” going on lately, and while I can appreciate his part in the history of the Valley for that time, that’s not quite all of the story. In short, not everyone was cheering the arrival (and in some cases, the return) of Confederate troops in the Valley, […]

Sesqui’fying April 20, 1862 – Luray learns of Charley Wheat’s fate

April 20, 2012 by

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On the morning of April 20, Banks’ troops marched on Luray… it was the first time Union soldiers entered the town. Joseph Wheat remembered: As they approached Luray, the Main Street was crowded, people looking up at the top of the hill at the Modesitt house, but when they actually came in the great rush […]

Sesqui’fying April 19, 1862 – Hotchkiss’ challenge in the Page Valley

April 19, 2012 by

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The stage being set in yesterday’s post, which was supposed to be this morning’s post… this is where I get to inject a little light-hearted commentary, into the seriousness of the day… When Hotchkiss arrived at Shenandoah Iron Works, he found his cavalrymen… two companies of the 7th Virginia Cavalry… “in a state of drunkenness”.** Now, what’s […]

Loudoun Rangers descendants’ reunion planned for June, 2012

April 12, 2012 by

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Reader Mike Musick reminded me in a comment yesterday, of the upcoming reunion planned for June. I heard about it about a month or so ago, and, it’s probably not a bad idea to pass along the word here. Though I’m not a descendant of a Loudoun Ranger, I’m certainly interested, as I did have […]

Taking Southern Unionism on the road

April 11, 2012 by

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While I’ve been writing a good deal about it over the past 5 1/2 years, I’ve only made one presentation about Southern Unionism… that being a response to a call for papers. The presentation, made at Frederick Community College, in Frederick Maryland (Fall, 2006), was largely focused on my masters thesis… which was actually still […]

Wading through life to get to the Civil War…

April 10, 2012 by

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So… the balance of time between getting the new house prepared for moving in, and the old house for going on the market continues. Please pardon the absence of posts. In the interim (also known as… in the midst of everything I’m doing to accomplish the above), there’s still much time for thinking… and I still think […]

From gray to blue… Hagerstown’s Thomas C. Suter

March 14, 2012 by

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I’m reminded today, via the Western Maryland Historical Library Facebook post, that, 150 years ago, as of March 12, the following hit the Hagerstown newspaper, Herald of Freedom & Torch Light… It’s an interesting piece, begging some questions, like… “as a Confederate officer, why did he take the oath so quickly?” Well, that’s part of […]

Winchester, Virginia and sentiments… Secesh vs. Unionism…

March 11, 2012 by

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First, yes, I know… it’s been a while. Relocating is going to string me out a bit between now and June, but I need to remember to feed the blog in the in-between. In fact, the warmer it gets, the more motivated I am to get things done on the inside of the house, so […]

Abraham Lincoln is hunting vampires, and a Virginia Confederate goes to Mars

February 22, 2012 by

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As we enter the 2012 Sesqui season… … some are making a stretch to make connections to the Civil War, but… the twists in the sci-fi dabbles are rather interesting… Of course, we all know about Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, but I wonder just how many really realize that the forthcoming John Carter of Mars […]

Dog-gone blog post done gone and got ahead of me!

February 11, 2012 by

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Time IS a factor, and, while I’ve had the post from the other day in the hopper for a while, time got ahead of me… and so too did the post which I had timed to be released. Of course, time continuing to be a factor, I’m just now catching up with it, with this […]

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Alexandria

February 9, 2012 by

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UPDATE: For those who don’t already know… this posted just a bit earlier than I had planned. Be sure to check-out the reason why I actually started down the trail with this post… showing my personal connections to it, and possibly to the event.  On Feb. 9, 1862, the Rev. Kensey Johns Stewart was arrested […]

O.K., strike Washington-Lincoln Day… what about JUST “Lincoln Day” in Virginia?

January 29, 2012 by

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I really didn’t want this to go to a point-counterpoint discussion (as there is a growing number of blogs bringing this to our attention; most recently, Brooks Simpson’s “Battlin’ Bloggers” post), but I’ve got some additional thoughts. Yes, last week, I expressed my thoughts that I like the idea (and that hasn’t changed) of recognizing […]

Why would a Washington-Lincoln Day be significant to Virginia?

January 22, 2012 by

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Of course, my interests are a bit narrow in scope… being a native (and resident) of the Shenandoah Valley, I’m incredibly happy to see Virginia’s state legislature taking initiative in recognizing yet another Valley-connected Civil War personality in the proposed Washington-Lincoln Day. Think of it… first we have Jackson who lived here and made a […]

Christmas in Hagerstown, 1861

December 25, 2011 by

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For those in western Maryland who considered themselves Southerners AND Unionists… (and, considering the circumstances as Southern Unionists… perhaps it should be “Unionists AND Southerners”) the first eight months of the Civil War must have proved trying between the back-and-forth of uncertainty regarding Maryland and secession, and the division in sentiment with those, mostly across […]

The Dam #5 Lockhouse: evidence of an effort from 150 years ago?

December 18, 2011 by

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So many of us go to battlefields and imagine the damage done by artillery, yet, are unable to see the impact on the ground. There is, however… here and there… evidence of damage done to structures. While not the site of intense artillery fire, the lockhouse at Dam #5, on the Potomac, may have the […]

Beyond John Brown… an enduring legacy not always so obvious, in the Shenandoah Valley

October 25, 2011 by

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It’s just over a week after the 152nd anniversary of Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry. While many will continue to consider the actions of Brown, the man… especially as to whether he should be judged a hero or terrorist… this excellent video, from West Virginia Public Broadcasting, reveals an enduring, positive legacy, in the wake of Brown’s actions at Harpers Ferry… and […]

Colonial Williamsburg is getting into the Civil War Sesqui…

October 11, 2011 by

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Browsing Colonial Williamsburg’s site (as I’ve mentioned before, I have a semi-dormant passion for the history of Colonial Virginia, and New England…hence the reason for me digging around CW’s site), I came across a few items of interest that reflect that they are getting into the Sesqui as well. First, we have this EFT (Electronic […]

149 years ago today, but, what about a snapshot of 150 years ago today? Life one year before THE battle.

September 17, 2011 by

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I encourage those who are able, to take advantage of all that is going on at Antietam National Battlefield, this weekend. Regretfully, I won’t be able to make it… though I most certainly plan on being there this time next year (and might even take a little time to hop across the Potomac next weekend, […]

Maryland’s Southern Unionists continue to fill the ranks

August 28, 2011 by

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THE HOME BRIGADE.— The work organizing the Regiments, ordered to be raised by the Secretary of War as a Home Brigade in Western Maryland, is rapidly progressing. In Allegany county one regiment has been nearly completed, nine of the ten companies having been raised, with the assurance that the tenth one will be speedily forthcoming. In […]

An Iowa lieutenant’s love interest… in Union blue

August 20, 2011 by

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Always interested in expanding my knowledge of the world around my Washington County, Maryland ancestors, (as many regular blog readers here know) whenever possible, I spend a fair amount of time perusing the Hagerstown Herald of Freedom and Torch Light. While I have no knowledge of my ancestor’s opinions on these stories, I still find […]

Looking for those who are no longer there…

August 14, 2011 by

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This past Thursday, I drove through Clear Spring, Maryland. To be honest, it was part of a rather out-of-the-way detour that I made (by choice) en route to another location. Certainly, it’s not like I haven’t been there before… but, I just wanted to visit again… and, I’m sure it won’t be the last time […]

“Do not expect to enter my house, if you disobey my orders.”

August 7, 2011 by

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It’s just one example of what likely occurred in many a Virginia household, in 1861, and even later. Yet, popular contemporary “memory” of Virginia, at war on the side of the Southern Confederacy, seems to have no, or very little “recollection” of such instances. The following comes to us via the August 7, 1861 issue […]