Browsing All posts tagged under »Harper’s Ferry«

A misunderstanding of the circumstances behind Virginia’s seizing Harpers Ferry?

July 1, 2009 by

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Reading a comment in another blog today, I can’t help but lay-out the facts surrounding Virginia’s seizing of the Harpers Ferry Arsenal in April 1861.  The question is, was it really a “legal” action from the perspective of the (then) Virginia government? The fact of the matter is that the plans to seize the US Arsenal in […]

Marker of the week in HMDB

March 1, 2009 by

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As I mentioned last week, I’ve been contributing some marker data to the Historic Markers Database. It’s a lot of fun, especially for someone who likes to set up tour guides and virtual tours among existing markers and locations where there should be markers. In the instance of recording the “Four Locks” marker on the C&O […]

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 […]

Southern Unionists as traitors to the Confederacy?

June 11, 2008 by

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Recently, I read something about somebody portraying Gen. George H. Thomas at living histories and some people referring to him as a traitor to his own people. Really, I find that a very odd statement to make regarding people of the South who preferred to remain loyal to the United States. While it’s true that […]

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 […]