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The mustering of troops in Virginia… revisiting enlistments in the militia

May 18, 2011 by

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It’s the middle of May 1861… and Virginians are flocking to units across the state… In some areas of Virginia, the mustering of troops for Virginia units (ultimately assigned to the cause of the Confederacy) began as early as the day the news of secession hit the streets. No doubt, some were quite eager to […]

Confederate ancestor analysis #1 – Garnett Nicholson

June 25, 2009 by

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Garnett Nicholson is one of my third great grandfathers. He was a private in Company B (Capt. Jason C. Crigler’s Company), Eighty-second Virginia Militia. The Eighty-second was primarily from Madison County and was under the command of Col. James W. Twyman. As with most of Virginia’s militia regiments, the Eighty-second was called into active service […]

Confederate headstones and the question of “willful” service

July 30, 2008 by

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Note: Feeling a need to clarify my thoughts on some matters, as of 29 August 2008, I added something to the points that I have made in this post. See another post for additional details. I’d be curious to see the V.A. headstone application stats. Specifically, I’d like to see how many Civil War headstones […]

Reluctant Confederates? So what?

July 28, 2008 by

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In the process of researching and writing my thesis, one of my friends couldn’t see the big deal about “reluctant Confederates.” He saw no difference between reluctance in WW2 soldiers and those from the South during the Civil War. His grandfather didn’t want to fight in WW2, but he was drafted, served, and came home. […]

“Do you love this country?!” – disturbing reflections on Civil War “memory”

March 19, 2008 by

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Just last fall, I was at a reenactment where I encountered one of my old friends. Now, I need to set the scene, so bear with me. Historically (funny word to use in this context considering the nature of Civil War “memory”), I have worn gray at reenactments. I reenacted Confederate maybe once or twice […]

Responsible Confederate flagging of graves

March 17, 2008 by

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This might seem petty to some, but this is just one of those items that gets under my skin. It’s just one of my those “stickler” issues that I have as an historian. Just about every morning, I drive by Woodbine Cemetery in Harrisonburg, Virginia and I notice the seven star First National Confederate flag […]