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“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 […]

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 […]