Browsing All posts tagged under »Abraham Lincoln«

144 years ago this evening

April 14, 2009 by

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Revisiting a previous post and “memory” acquired only within the past few years.

A fly on the wall

March 5, 2009 by

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When visiting the grave of a Civil War personality, what comes to mind? Of course, I know that is dependant on a number of things. For me, as strange as it may seem to some, one of my favorite graves to visit is that of John Brown Baldwin. Yes, Baldwin met with Lincoln, like any […]

On Lincoln’s 200th Birthday

February 12, 2009 by

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In trying to figure out the best way to express my feelings in a post about the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln, I think I’ve stepped back a bit in my own memory. In my youth, Lincoln was, quite honestly, a significant factor in developing my interest in the American Civil War. I can still […]

In the aftermath…

November 5, 2008 by

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We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, […]

And the election results show…

November 4, 2008 by

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… that in 1860, the election results map was much more colorful than the election results maps of today! In all seriousness, it is interesting to see how the upper South was not in agreement with the lower South as to the best presidential candidate for 1860. It looks like all those warnings we saw about a secession-leaning […]

The Tipsy Historian on Stonewall Jackson

November 3, 2008 by

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Mark at The Tipsy Historian blog has an interesting post about Stonewall Jackson. In terms of how hero-worship can impact historical analysis, he makes some excellent points. He also leaves us with a good deal to think about. Think of this… Jackson, Grant, Lee, Longstreet, Chamberlain, Lincoln, etc., they each achieved great things in history, but […]

“The Party of Lincoln!”… um… or is it really?

September 26, 2008 by

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I’m not going into who is right or who is wrong politically in my blog because that is not what this blog is about. However, in terms of Civil War era Memory… let’s call this a hodge-podge of thoughts from the “for what it’s worth” file… … when a Republican presidential candidate proclaims that he is […]

“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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

Reflections on Hewitt’s statements about the “Lost Cause”

March 25, 2008 by

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I found Hewitt’s comments about the Lost Cause while surfing the Web a couple of years ago and they have lingered with me ever since. I know that there were many in the North who wanted severe policies when it came to dealing with the postwar South. Despite what some have to say about reconstruction, […]

Lincoln on C-Span

March 3, 2008 by

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I found this link and thought it would be of interest to some. After attending the kick-off Lincoln event (the Lincoln Birthday event at the Lincoln Family Cemetery in Rockingham County, Virginia)for the Commonwealth of Virginia, I’m looking forward to the different reflections of Lincoln that will be coming out over the next year (and […]

The need to lay aside animosities for dead men

February 26, 2008 by

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While I clearly have grievances with the way some people like to distort history for modern agendas, I think that there should be a cut-off point between being aggravated with people today and bashing people of yesterday. To some degree, it reminds me of modern political campaigns where mudslinging runs rampant in an effort to […]

The he-man Lincoln-haters club

February 21, 2008 by

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About a week ago, I had the opportunity to attend the annual Lincoln Birthday event (sponsored by the Lincoln Society of Virginia) held at the Lincoln family cemetery near Broadway in Rockingham County, Virginia (the Lincoln family resided in this county since the 1760s, and Thomas Herring Lincoln, President Abraham Lincoln’s father, was born here in […]