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Visualizing the Valley’s Unionism

February 20, 2013 by

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With an interest in seeing Southern Unionism from a different perspective, I’ve been tinkering with data a bit. The following pie charts are just some examples of the ways in which I’m reviewing some of the data I’ve compiled. Each illustrates the different levels of completeness for the various counties of the Shenandoah Valley. Comparing […]

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 […]

A photo of a Shenandoah Valley Virginian in blue

February 19, 2012 by

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No, not in uniform, but I’m just as tickled to get this photo of him in years after… no doubt in his pension days… … and a little closer… … and closer still… This is Henry “Hiram” Meadows, and his wife Ardista D. “Anne” Breeden Meadows. Readers may not be familiar with Henry’s story… so, […]

Why I love adding Southern Unionist content to the Web

February 1, 2012 by

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… well, part of the reason… I read the occasional comments, here and there, on the Web (especially in so-called “Southern Heritage” forums), from people today who… and I paraphrase… “don’t understand how they (Southerners, today) could turn against their own heritage… denying the story of their Southern ancestors who ‘fought nobly for the South’”. […]

Looking at Lee-Jackson Day from another angle

January 14, 2012 by

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A day late, but… While some may reflect on various aspects of the lives of Lee and Jackson, on their day, here in Virginia, I’d dare say that the heaviest focus is likely on their lives during four years of war, yet while hardly giving time to consider the complexities of family ties caused for […]

Hmmm… about that referendum on secession in Virginia

May 22, 2011 by

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Tomorrow marks the day, 150 years ago, when Virginians were given the chance to vote on secession… although, really, it didn’t mean a great deal considering the mobilization that had taken place, and… let’s not forget the Commonwealth’s offer for Richmond to be the capital of the Confederacy… before the referendum. Really, it was a […]

Those who offered resistance: Unconditional Unionists in Alabama’s secession convention

January 11, 2011 by

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I’m tweeting some stuff about Southern Unionism in Alabama… after all, today is the 150th anniversary of Alabama’s vote to secede… but, at 61 for and 39 against, it calls for closer examination. The online Encyclopedia of Alabama has a nice piece about Alabama Unionists => here (written by Margaret M. Storey, who is also […]

The Loyal Ladies of Winchester, Virginia

January 19, 2010 by

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As one who is particularly interested in information about Southern Unionists in the Shenandoah Valley, this image truly ranks among those rich discoveries found at places where I would have never anticipated. Regretfully, it’s hard to make out what the flag looked like (it also doesn’t help when I can’t use a flash!), specifically, but, […]

Status of Southern Unionists Chronicles

January 6, 2010 by

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Yes, it’s still active. Until today, I haven’t posted anything in months, but reader activity has been on and off, and, when there are comments, the discussion has proven enjoyable. What I like most is hearing from those who are descended from Southern Unionists and “can handle the truth.” It’s really refreshing. True, I get […]

“Turncoat Virginians”

August 27, 2009 by

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When reviewing a Confederate unit history recently, I ran across a remark made by the contemporary author (not a person who actually lived during the Civil War) about the men of Samuel Means‘ Loudoun Rangers (see this link for an interesting history of the unit… strange to say, the author of this article also uses the word “turncoat” […]

A visit to the American Civil War Center

April 20, 2009 by

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On Saturday afternoon, I had the opportunity to visit the American Civil War Center, and, as one who is in search of how Southern Unionists are represented in reflections of the Civil War, I began my walk-through anticipating what I might find. While an interesting and different way to present the history of the war […]

A stimulating piece about another Southerner’s unique “memory” of the Civil War in Southern Unionists Chronicles today

March 27, 2009 by

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Just a quick note this morning to direct readers over to this post at Southern Unionists Chronicles today. It’s a wonderful piece written by a Southerner about his very unique and interesting “Civil War memory,” and it is, by no means, what many might expect. The piece originally appeared on August 27, 2007 in Hill […]

Some thoughts on “Galvanized Yankees”

March 25, 2009 by

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How many folks actually realize how many “galvanized Yankees” there really were? They’re a fascinating bunch of people, really. Up until a few years ago, I didn’t really think a great deal about them. I might see one here or there while combing through Confederate service records, but I never got up the energy to […]

Southern Unionists Chronicles Post, 2/19/09

February 19, 2009 by

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See Jacob P. Kyger, Shenandoah Valley Unionist… and Brethren.

Southern Unionists Chronicles Post, 2/16/09

February 16, 2009 by

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See Moses McConnell, Tennessee Unionist.

Southern Unionists Chronicles Post, 2/13/09

February 13, 2009 by

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See Hiram Hulin seeks justice for murdered sons by “Renegade South” (aka Victoria E. Bynum).

Great new addition to the blogroll

February 6, 2009 by

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I was delighted to hear from Victoria Bynum (Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War) last night via a comment made by her in my Southern Unionists Chronicles site. Not only was it great to hear from her, but it is even better knowing that she has launched her own blog, Renegade South. For those who […]

State-by-state comparison of secession referendum numbers

December 9, 2008 by

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Being just plain curious about the secession referendum in other states, I started looking-up the numbers a short time ago, and what I found surprised me. Texas, Tennessee, and Virginia appear to be the only states to actually allow the public to voice their opinion on the idea of secession. In Texas, the vote was […]

Southern Claims Commission Applications on Footnote.com

November 26, 2008 by

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Just a quick note for this evening… Earlier today, I locked on to a subscription with Footnote.com, which gives me full access to the Southern Claims Commission applications. I hope to take advantage of this access in the months to come and turn out a number of claims-related posts in Southern Unionists Chronicles.

In an effort to separate fact from fiction

November 15, 2008 by

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Just shifting gears a bit this evening and focusing on the complications of Civil War-era memory at the level of a small community. By no means is the following some earth-shattering historical finding, but I use it here to give an example of how we should take care in interpreting what we read… and what is […]

Historial analysis and the example of the Haynes-Beylor Murder

October 25, 2008 by

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I’ll say it again… the Haynes-Beylor story as I first posted it, if I were to have left it alone, could be considered “shock history.” As a stand-alone story, it left many questions that remained unanswered. It would be irresponsible for an historian to leave a story like this, posted without analysis. The investigative work […]

During the intermission…

October 8, 2008 by

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Don’t worry, there is more coming about the story of the Haynes-Beylor Murder. I’m just a bit tied-up right now in preparing for masters comps. However, in the midst of preparing (and, as I tend to become distracted or, as I sometimes put it “hypertextual in my thoughts”) I have decided to put up somewhat of […]