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Recap: What I’m looking for with my examination of The American Colonization Society

July 25, 2015 by


Since my last blog post, I’ve been looking through my notes, starting to compile a couple lists… but, along the way, I’ve been distracted by a few findings that might be of interest to readers. Of course, my thinking, in going through records of the American Colonization Society (ACS), is that I might find something that […]

What’s the objective?

August 27, 2013 by


For the (over) five years in which I’ve been blogging, I’ve focused mostly on the American Civil War. As the title of the blog suggests, however, I have room to roam whenever I get the whim. I don’t like to keep myself too “hemmed-in”. The title has given me enough flexibility that I feel comfortable moving in just […]

Following-up on the panel dicussion on the Legacy of the American Civil War, at the Library of Virginia

August 24, 2013 by


Finally getting around to posting about it, but I had a great time at the panel held at the Library of Virginia. For those who weren’t able to make it, check out the video below. There were some great folks on the panel, who shared their perspectives, and gave me time to think more about […]

Participating in the Panel Discussion at LVA, August 22

August 14, 2013 by


I’ll be participating in this discussion in just over a week. Looking forward to it…

Lagging posts, and a conflicted writer

June 1, 2013 by


Yes, it’s been slow around here, and, having been in blogging now for over five years, I find it is a trend with me from latter spring, through summer. I’ll see if I can get it in gear, and do just a little better this summer than in previous years. One thing for sure, Gettysburg […]

Cenantua’s Blog reaches five year mark!

February 18, 2013 by


I guess in one of my two posts from yesterday, I should have mentioned this, but… As of yesterday, Cenantua’s Blog has been running for five years (at least consistently. I don’t count my first entry from November 2007, since the blog didn’t really gain traction until three months later). It’s been an interesting ride, […]

Bloggers and engagement: an exercise

December 7, 2012 by


I kinda figured this would come before my Southern Unionist post, so… pardon the slight alteration in path… Could it have been approached in a more effective and rewarding way? Perhaps. Allow me to approach this from a different angle. The intent remains the same and it is nothing to be taken personally… I mean it. […]

Saving work… something most of us will regret not doing… maybe

December 7, 2012 by


I cringe somewhat for bringing this up, because I don’t want it to sound like this blog is turning into a WordPress Basics blog, but… considering concerns voiced about the preservation of content in comments from my post “What’s the future look like for your blogged labors of love?“, I thought it might be a good idea to remind folks […]

What’s the future look like for your blogged labors of love?

December 4, 2012 by


Ron’s comment in my previous post was enough to send me down another path… After all your hard work… what’s the future look like for that content you labored so long in putting on the Web? Considering the way in which we, as bloggers, celebrate milestones in blogging (someone hits 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 posts, etc) … frankly, that’s a […]

Civil War blogging… content delivery or controversy delivery?

December 1, 2012 by


UPDATE: **If there are still those who are critical of this post and my “agenda” in doing so, it’s not complicated. Look at my education in the “About Me” tab, at the top of this blog… a masters in history, and a masters in tech comm (with heavy emphasis on Web theory). This post was […]

Nobody really cares (NOT!): Sesqui 150, “Live” @ Antietam

September 17, 2012 by


On my drive toward Antietam this morning, I wondered how many would actually be there (here) so early in the morning. Upon closing-in on the park entrance, I noticed the increased traffic. Making the left turn and rounding the corner… the Visitor’s Center parking lot was closed… already full. I continued past the Dunker Church […]

Teaching in front of an invisible class

August 5, 2012 by


Some thoughts on blogging this morning… We write… but for whom? A writer before his/her blog is somewhat like a teacher (it might be interesting to see who considers themselves authoritarian teachers and non-authoritarian teachers… and why, but we’ll not go there today) before an invisible class. We have information, perspectives and/or experiences to share… […]

Rhetorical approaches to Civil War blogging?

July 31, 2012 by


Are they obvious… or subtle? I don’t think everyone has a point to make… unless, of course, you also want to consider straight-out information distribution as a way to convince others that the Civil War and/or particular aspects of it ARE important. In that case, yes… there is rhetoric involved, to some degree. But, how much […]

Who are Civil War bloggers?

July 18, 2012 by


I know, I know… three blog posts in one day!? Are you nuts, Robert? Especially considering my trend over the last three months, of maybe blogging once a week, or every other week. Still, Harry just posted something interesting, and I figured that I’d pose another question… Who are Civil War bloggers? I left the following […]

Empowering words… more… through the “writing space”

July 6, 2012 by


I don’t get to write about it much, or perhaps I should say, I don’t take as much time as I would like, to write about it… … but, what is in the power of an assembled collection of written words? Obviously, there are masters of this sort of thing, at least, more obviously… in print media. All […]

More on Samuel Windle… a response from a descendant.

May 26, 2012 by


When I write about someone of the past… someone we can only “know” through what amounts to only a few documented actions/activities… I don’t do so in search of validation of my “read” or “take” on that person. Yet, when I hear from someone, who happens to be a descendant of that person, and the […]

Where do I want to go today?

July 24, 2011 by


It’s not actually… at least not always… the physical journey, but the journey through a blog post. When I sit at the computer on many a Saturday and/or Sunday, I sometimes jump right into a post, and other times, think about where “I want to go” via the words. It’s much like looking at the […]

Messages in blogs may be cutting edge, but not perfect

June 1, 2011 by


An observation that is probably more apparent to those who blog than those who read… and, that’s not meant as a slight to those who aren’t bloggers… again, just an observation… While I still consider blogging a very effective tool in getting historical information and/or discussions out to a significant (and, likely, a more diverse/broad audience than that which […]

Cenantua Name Change

April 1, 2011 by


Just more of an administrative announcement here.  Concurrent with a buyout of Cenantua’s Blog, we will begin changing the scope and of course the name of this blog. Craig Swain, who has been itching to post more on his vast collection of Mark Twain, Delta Blues, and River Boat notes, has purchased the “” namespace […]

What “best Civil War blogs” list… is the best?

January 23, 2011 by


I think we all like getting a nod from somebody. Bloggers take time… sometimes a great deal of time… developing blog posts. Of course, it makes us feel good to know that someone appreciates what we’re doing. It’s satisfying to write and to express ourselves, but I think, most of us seek something more… hence […]

Why blog… and are you true to yourself in doing so?

October 30, 2010 by


In blogs, I think we see various forms of motivation among the respective bloggers. I suppose that many initiate a blog to share something with others… or tell people something. It is an outlet… an opportunity to share opinions and/or information, and to express self. The blog can serve as a canvas, upon which the blogger […]


October 17, 2010 by


Ah, Sunday morning… a fire is in the wood-stove to cut the morning chill, a warm cup of coffee sits nearby as I sit down to transcribe more of Strother’s recollections for appearance here later this afternoon. As I do so, I wonder why so many are more fascinated with the events on the battlefields […]

I bet Ben would have liked blogging…

October 16, 2010 by


If he would inform, he must advance regularly from Things known to things unknown, distinctly without Confusion, and the lower he begins the better. It is a common Fault in Writers, to allow their Readers too much knowledge: They begin with that which should be the Middle, and skipping backwards and forwards, ’tis impossible for […]

FYI… “ghosting” Staunton tonight

October 15, 2010 by


More to follow… I hope.

“water of many turns”

October 9, 2010 by


Just the other day, I made reference to the Lenape/Delaware word “Conococheague“, which means “water of many turns.” Funny, but that pretty much summarizes the way I write this blog… not to mention the fluid nature of many blogs. The content can turn, twist, and completely shift, without warning. It’s more a reflection of what […]

Why “Cenantua”?

October 6, 2010 by


I love this time of year. It’s a chilly day, the sky is overcast… … I have a fire in the wood stove… … and a relaxing cup of cappuccino in my manly-man Mickey Mouse coffee mug (what else??!!) is close at-hand. Feels like a good time to sit down and write… just wish I […]

About Geotag blogging

October 2, 2010 by


Geotag test 2- Confederate section, Thornrose Cemetery

October 2, 2010 by


Just a test of the Geotag feature, but, while I’m here… this section of land was used for burying both Union and Confederate dead who usually died while in the Confederate hospital that I just mentioned in the last post. The Union dead were later removed to the National Cemetery just to the east, and […]

This is a test… only a test… for the Geotag feature

October 2, 2010 by


Just checking to see how the Geotag feature of WordPress works via my LG Droid. …well, I’m bummed. I was going to take photos of two buildings at VSDB in Staunton. Both predated the Civil War, and were used as part of the Confederate hospital (=>*) here. I have learned, just now, that they were […]

Walking in the shadow of Cyrus – 2:19 p.m., 9/25/2010

September 25, 2010 by


This is the first part of a different sort of post… carried over the course of the next 16 hours or so. Call it an experiment, if you like… on a couple of levels actually. I’m checking-out the potential uses for live, roaming blogging, and, it so happens that I’m staying tonight in one of […]