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A desperate appeal from John Minor Botts

February 27, 2013 by

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I abstracted the following from the May 9, 1861 edition of the Virginia Free Press (Charles Town, Virginia). The same letter had actually preceded the Free Press printing by almost a week, in the New York Times. Along with various remarks throughout, I find his five year prediction most interesting. For those who may be […]

“You must choose & choose at once.”

August 15, 2012 by

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Back, just an hour or so ago, from a pleasant evening drive… prompted by the writing of this post. I realized that the Southern Unionist at the center of this post rests in a cemetery not terribly far from my home. So, I ventured out… and visited Daniel and Mary Brindle. Daniel was Pennsylvania-born, but […]

Letcher, the politician in search of votes, distances himself from the Ruffner Pamphlet

May 14, 2011 by

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I figured that I would follow-up on my post from this morning, and briefly tackle the continued role that the Ruffner Pamphlet played, up through the governor’s race in Virginia, in 1859. During the Democratic nomination run-off for the governorship of Virginia, in 1859, John Letcher may have regretted his stand on the Ruffner Pamphlet […]

Another Southerner who wanted to free slaves… but…

May 14, 2011 by

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… his motivations weren’t centered on freeing slaves as an issue of morality. Dr. Henry Ruffner was well-educated (Washington College, and Princeton, where he received his D.D.), and headed several Presbyterian pastorates in Rockbridge County, Virginia (not to mention one near his family’s salt works in the Kanawha Valley). He was also a fairly active […]

“You were once… Governor… and we will take orders from you, sir.”

April 16, 2011 by

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During the next few days of the Sesquicentennial, I’ll have a few things to say about what I believe to be a dark time in Virginia’s history. But, why? I’ll keep it simple. On April 15, John D. Imboden was summoned to Richmond, for a meeting with ex-Governor Henry A. Wise. They met on the […]

… because of Lincoln’s call for troops…

April 15, 2011 by

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A thought… How many folks say that their ancestors joined the Confederate army because Lincoln made the call for 75,000 troops? Just curious, but, how many of those ancestors actually enlisted in the spring and early summer of 1861? Also, while the idea of coercion did stir the blood (and/or concern) of many a Southerner… […]

Virginia’s Person of the Year for 1861 would be… ???

February 26, 2011 by

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Yes, I know, there are lots of folks out there who would immediately proclaim Robert E. Lee as Virginia’s Man Person of the Year for 1861… without giving the question further thought. Yet, I think that identifies a problem. Personally, I think the question merits further thought. What, exactly, would make someone a “person of […]

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 […]

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 […]