As the header states, I’m a native of the Shenandoah Valley, and, for the most part, this area (and a little beyond the confines of the area’s watershed, geology, and culture) is central to much of what I write… and hence, the title “Cenantua’s Blog”. Take a look at the “‘Cenantua’ – What and Why” page, to get a better idea of my geographic area of interest.
The “backdrop”, or geographic area being set, you’ll find that I often write about the American Civil War and Southern Unionism within this area, and often relate to the time through my findings in the people here… to include my ancestors.
Then too, I’m also interested in the history of this area before and after the Civil War era, and have, from time to time, reached as far forward as the First World War, and back into the colonial period, and even before. Also, as a veteran of the Navy (a submariner) and Army, and a military brat of “the Corps”, I might even drop in a post that has something to do with these things.
I know that some of the things that I write about may challenge the views of others, and, hopefully, this will prompt thoughtful comments from the readers. All that I ask is that those who comment remain civil, and consider this “writing space” as a place in which thoughts are fluid, and are not necessarily static and unbending. I hope you enjoy the blog, and make it a regular part of your Web-reading, and interactions.
Abridged Curriculum Vitae
◦ Master of Science, Technical and Scientific Communication, with a focus on Technical Writing and User Experience Design for the Web and Print, May 2009.
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.
Thesis: “Blogging as Historians: Considering Interaction, Authority, and New Practices for the Web.”
◦ Master of Arts, History, with a focus on the American Civil War Era, May 2007.
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va.
Thesis: “Flaws in the Armor of the Grand Illusion: Dissent, Reluctance, and Disaffection Toward the Confederate Cause in the Central Shenandoah Valley – A Study of Page County, Virginia”
Ongoing digital projects:
All of the following projects were created within the structural framework of the Weblog, though not all fit the traditional definition of the blog.
◦ Cenantua’s Blog
◦ Southern Unionists Chronicles
◦ (Contributor) We Learned That We Are Indivisible: Sesquicentennial Reflections on the Civil War Era in the Shenandoah Valley. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015. (I contributed a chapter on Southern Unionism in Page County, Virginia).
◦ (Contributor) Lexington, Virginia and the Civil War. Charleston: The History Press, Inc., 2013. (Author is Richard G. Williams, Jr. I contributed narrative pertaining to Southern Unionists and USCTs).
◦ Tragedy in the Shenandoah Valley: The Story of the Summers-Koontz Execution. Charleston: The History Press, Inc., 2006.
◦ Short Historical Sketches of Page County, Virginia and Its People, Volume 2. Westminster: Heritage Books, Inc., 2005.
◦ Short Historical Sketches of Page County, Virginia and Its People, Volume 1. Westminster: Heritage Books, Inc., 2005.
◦ Gibraltar of the Shenandoah: Civil War Sites and Stories of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, Virginia. Virginia Beach: The Donning Company Publishers, 2004.
◦ Avenue of Armies: Civil War Sites and Stories of Luray and Page County, Virginia. Virginia Beach: The Donning Company Publishers, 2002.
◦ The 1st and 2nd Stuart Horse Artillery (Virginia Regimental Histories Series). Appomattox: H.E. Howard, Inc., 1999.
◦ Miscellaneous Disbanded Virginia Light Artillery (Virginia Regimental Histories Series). Appomattox: H.E. Howard, Inc., 1997.
◦ Graham’s Petersburg, Jackson’s Kanawha, and Lurty’s Roanoke Horse Artillery (Virginia Regimental Histories Series). Appomattox: H.E. Howard, Inc., 1996.
◦ Chew’s Ashby, Shoemaker’s Lynchburg, and the Newtown Artillery (Virginia Regimental Histories Series). Appomattox: H.E. Howard, Inc., 1995.
◦ The Richmond Fayette, Hampden, Thomas, and Blount’s Lynchburg Artillery (Virginia Regimental Histories Series). Lynchburg: H.E. Howard, Inc., 1991.
◦ The Charlottesville, Lee Lynchburg, and Johnson’s Bedford Artillery (Virginia Regimental Histories Series). Lynchburg: H.E. Howard, Inc., 1990.
◦ The Danville, Eighth Star New Market, and Dixie Artillery (Virginia Regimental Histories Series). Lynchburg: H.E. Howard, Inc., 1989.
◦ “Custer and the Shadow Soldiers,” Civil War Times Illustrated XXIX, No. 1 (March 2000), 29-34, 58.
◦ “Break out! The capture and adventures of Washington Brown Traweek in Yankeedom and his part in leading up to the daring escape of Confederate prisoners from Elmira, New York,” Civil War Times Illustrated XXIX, No. 5 (Nov./Dec. 1991), 26, 52-54, 56, 59-61.
◦ “A Matter of Injustice: The Summers-Koontz Incident,” Blue and Gray Magazine (February 1992), 32-34.
◦ “The 38th Battalion Virginia Light Artillery at Gettysburg,” America’s Civil War (January 2000), 12, 14, 16, 18.
Other Published Works:
◦ Local, weekly history column, Page News & Courier, Luray, Va., 1998-2010 [see a chronological list of articles here]
◦ History and Text Review Committee, Virginia Civil War Trails Program (1999-2003)
◦ Education and Interpretation Committee, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation (2000-2003)
◦ Volunteer (period-clothed interpretation), Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (2012-Present)