Browsing All posts tagged under »Valley of the Shadow«

Moving beyond the factoids of the Civil War

February 7, 2011 by

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I look for them everyday… factoids that pop-up on Twitter. There are a number of folks who post daily, providing us with blow-by-blow details about events as they happened 150 years ago. Some of these folks provide factoids such as “so-and-so (someone significant in the Civil War) was born this day”, or “this happened today”… […]

Newspapers that reveal something new to popular memory of the Civil War… perhaps…

February 6, 2011 by

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Once again (as can be seen in my post from Friday), I’ve been perusing the Valley of the Shadow site. My focus in that post on Friday was on the two papers in Staunton, Virginia, at this particular time (the first week of February), 150 years ago. One of those papers happened to support secession, […]

The voice of the Southern people left unheard…

April 26, 2010 by

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Took a little “virtual walk” among some items in the Valley of the Shadow today and found quite a bit that was of interest, but wanted to throw these out for consideration… all from the Feb. 26, 1861 issue of the Staunton Spectator… The Natchez Courier “Contends that the people of Natchez were not in […]

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 […]

Too Long Forgotten Post, 2/13/2009

February 13, 2009 by

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See Freedmen’s Bureau Reports for Page County. The article was developed based upon information available through the  Valley of the Shadow’s “The Freedmen’s Bureau Records.”

A few words from the past

January 30, 2009 by

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Browsing through the Staunton Spectator today at the Valley of the Shadow site, I came across the following newspaper article (from October 15, 1867): A Few Words to the Colored People An election is at hand, and in the Providence of God, you are called on to take part in it. No one doubts your […]

In search of the Christmas tree in the Civil War era home

December 20, 2008 by

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Recently, while developing a two-part article for my newspaper column, I began thinking about our cultural understandings (or misunderstandings) of how the Christmas tree has developed in our historical memory. In terms of Christmas trees at the time of the Civil War, I was thinking specifically about the Christmas tree scenes from Gods & Generals. Was the […]

Confederate seizure of free blacks in the Gettysburg Campaign

December 5, 2008 by

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After posting twice this week (on 12/2 and 12/3) about Confederates taking civilians during the Gettysburg Campaign, I recalled having heard different stories about Confederates taking free blacks (and “runaways”) and sending them into slavery in the South. So, I thought I’d Google a few things to see what information the Web might yield. For this post, I’ve plucked only […]

The last time a presidential candidate came to Harrisonburg, Virginia

October 29, 2008 by

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I was a bit envious of the jump that the A. Lincoln blog got on me in posting something about the historical significance of Barack Obama’s visit to Harrisonburg, Virginia. If you aren’t aware, the last time a presidential candidate came to Harrisonburg was in 1860, with a visit by Stephen Douglas! In regard to […]

If the shoe was on the other foot… Confederate troops in the North

July 18, 2008 by

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When I read about the “horrors of war” inflicted upon Southerners (most especially civilians) by Union troops, I wonder what stories would have come out of the war if the Confederate army spent more time on “Northern soil.” But then, why wonder when what little time they spent there was documented… with atrocities. Yes, I’m […]

Southern Unionist Claims for the Shenandoah Valley

April 3, 2008 by

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While the referendum vote on secession for the different counties of the Shenandoah Valley may reflect one thing (most especially to someone who doesn’t look beyond raw numbers), deeper probing into other numbers brings about a need to investigate even further. That said, the following is submitted for consideration in combination with my post from […]

Valley of the Shadow Project and Civil War Memory

March 26, 2008 by

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I had planned on posting about something to do with Southern Unionists today, but in the course of deciding exactly what I wanted to write about (and after a little Web navigation), I came across something that I wanted to pass along. Most in Civil War era studies are probably aware of the Valley of […]

Hypertext non-fiction vs. Hypertext fiction

March 4, 2008 by

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Just out of curiosity, I Googled “hypertext non-fiction” and then “hypertext fiction” to compare the number of hits that each would bring up. Remarkably, there were only 68 hits (though once I clicked on the second page of hits, I found only 23 active returns for the search. I should also note that when Googling […]