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We interupt this broadcast… Strother on Brown’s Raid

October 17, 2010 by

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I missed the opportunity during the 150th anniversary of the raid, but thought some might enjoy reading what David Hunter Strother (aka “Porte Crayon” or, here, known as “The Porte”) had to say about the John Brown incident. On the morning of the 17th… 151 years ago today… we find Strother in his office in […]

Reflections…

October 17, 2010 by

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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 […]

Caroline & the Jack O’ Lantern

October 16, 2010 by

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This ghostly tale is a bit differentv from that of Doc Amiss. What I find particularly interesting is that it comes from the time before the Civil War, and involves one of the Brumback family slaves. I found this tale in a column (a long-running column, I might add) called “Do You Remember”, which appeared […]

I bet Ben would have liked blogging…

October 16, 2010 by

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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 […]

Plumb Grove – home of Jonathan Nesbitt, Jr.

October 11, 2010 by

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I’ve got some photos that I took a couple of weeks back while on my road trip to Four Locks and Clear Spring, and I thought that I might as well put them on here for everyone to enjoy. I didn’t include them in the tour that weekend because there is no known tie between […]

Sunday afternoons with “The Porte”, Part VII

October 10, 2010 by

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What?! Did you think the entire month was going to be dedicated to ghosts, witches, and the generally eerie? On and off since May, I’ve been transcribing David Hunter Strother‘s “Personal Recollections of the Civil War. By a Virginian” as originally published in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, beginning in June 1866. Though I don’t transcribe […]

“water of many turns”

October 9, 2010 by

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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 […]

The “fire witch”

October 9, 2010 by

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Just 146 years ago yesterday, the episode known as “The Burning” drew to a close in the Shenandoah Valley. Gen. Phil Sheridan had cut a swathe from Augusta County, north into Rockingham, Page, and Shenandoah Counties before coming to a halt around Strasburg, Virginia. No doubt, the devastation to the “breadbasket of the Confederacy” was […]

How did the doctor “take care” of the witch?

October 8, 2010 by

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Just thinking back to how the doctor “saw to it” that the witch that “cursed” my great-great grandmother would be “in hell by morning.” Frankly, we will probably never know his method, and will wonder about the wide range of possibilities. Still, Samuel Kercheval did mention a couple of methods by which one could “cure… […]

Early burial customs from the Valley

October 7, 2010 by

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Just a little something I thought might be of interest… this being from a newspaper column from 1937, reflecting on the old burial customs. We, of the younger generation, accustomed as we are to the modern funerals, with everything being done that is possible to alleviate the anguish of the family and friends of the […]

Why “Cenantua”?

October 6, 2010 by

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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 […]

Doc Amiss’ ghost story

October 3, 2010 by

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I’m really not a fan of modern ghost tours and “ghosts of history”-type books. For one thing, I get the impression that the stories being delivered are so incredibly embellished over the years, that they miss the meaty content of the stories told in years past; more fluff than solid content. I know, I know… […]

Backtrack to Dam 5

September 26, 2010 by

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I couldn’t resist… Dam 5 offers one of those rare opportunities to expand on Cyrus’ story, though, at best, it’s an indirect weave into the overall story. But before I start, I have to say, its incredibly cool to live blog on the move. You see, I’m sitting on the stone ledge above the roaring […]

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

September 25, 2010 by

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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 […]

The C&O Canal in 1917, courtesy of Thomas A. Edison…

September 13, 2010 by

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When scrolling through YouTube last night in search of Seldom Scene’s rendition of the C&O Canal, I also found this rare treat. Just keep in mind, these are silent, but the scenes of cargo-hauling boats moving along the canal is something that has been lost to the ages. Part III has some great moving imagery […]

Personal recollections of the Civil War. By a Virginian. (D.H. Strother) [Installment 6]

September 12, 2010 by

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Returning to where I left off (my September 4, 2010/fifth installment of D.H. Strother’s “Recollections”)… April 19. – On going down into the town this morning I found that there had been considerable accessions to the State forces, seven or eight hundred having arrived during the night and morning, while as many more were reported […]

How our expectations of interaction design impact our delivery as historians

August 31, 2010 by

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I don’t think you see it on a massive scale at this time, but I think the historical author… the historical deliverer… is going to be challenged in times to come (if not already). We are trained, more or less, in a traditional style, centered mostly around print media. There is a certain way that […]

Personal recollections of the Civil War. By a Virginian. (D.H. Strother) [Installment 4]

August 1, 2010 by

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Returning to where I left off (my June 1, 2010/third installment of D.H. Strother’s “Recollections”), when Strother was present for the actions leading up to the taking of Harper’s Ferry by Virginia militia… and when he encountered “old friends” who were partaking in the endeavor… As these gentlemen had unadvisedly, perhaps, communicated their plans to […]

Is your digital history effective?

July 24, 2010 by

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When we see websites like The Valley of the Shadow, I think it’s clear that they provide us with some great material… available to us in a very convenient state online. Without the site, it would take us a great deal of work to access the various materials at various sites… in other words, back […]

The impact of Web-based media on history

July 18, 2010 by

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Looking back at my blog activity for the last two summers, I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that my blog posts are infrequent over the summer months this year… even more so these days, having started a new job in June. Still, it doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking history… and the Web. The Web […]

Personal recollections of the Civil War. By a Virginian. (D.H. Strother) [Installment 3]

June 1, 2010 by

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Continued from Installment 2… … Although this people has been chiefly occupied in talking politics for eighty years or more, I can not perceive that they have made any advance toward enlightenment on the subject. Not one man in ten of those I meet seems to have the slightest idea of where his duty or […]

Personal Recollections of the Civil War. By a Virginian (D.H. Strother). [Installment 2]

May 12, 2010 by

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Picking-up from installment 1… … In the recent election for members of the Convention the people of Virginia have expressed their determination to remain in the Union by an overwhelming majority. Gloriously has the good old State vindicated her honorable traditions and the memory of those noble sons whose effigies fill the chief places in […]

Personal Recollections of the Civil War. By a Virginian (D.H. Strother). [Installment 1]

May 9, 2010 by

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As promised in my post from two days ago… IT is with unfeigned reluctance that I have undertaken to write upon subjects which have been so recently and exhaustively treated by contemporaneous pens and pencils; to pass over ground which has been illuminated by the calcium light of the American press; or to touch on […]

Online discussion and digital literacy

January 5, 2010 by

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I’m just throwing this out as a thought, but in seeing a good deal of activity lately in the way of discussions about “Black Confederates” a couple of things come to mind… but this isn’t so much about “Black Confederates” as a focus of discussion as it is about the use of technology to discuss […]