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Sunday afternoons with “The Porte”, Part VII

October 10, 2010 by


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]

Website development underway

December 5, 2009 by


I’ve been busy for the past few days in Photoshop CS3, developing a graphic that will serve as the entry portal to my website. I locked onto the domain about two years ago, but found that schoolwork just never gave me a chance to really sit down and work on making something with all the […]

It’s time to build…

November 29, 2009 by


Between looking for a job, being sick, and my laptop biting the dust, I’ve had a lot of time to think about blogging and where I want this blog (and my smaller info blogs) to go. I’m not done with blogging (especially now, with a new laptop and a new mobile broadband service), but I […]

Cenantua’s Blog reviewed in America’s Civil War

May 13, 2009 by


As Harry pointed out a few days ago, this blog was reviewed by Kelvin Holland in the July issue of America’s Civil War (see page 66). It’s a flattering review and I thank Kelvin for taking the time to write it for ACW. I think he does a fine job hitting on my objectives. Thanks again Kelvin! […]

Back in the ring…

May 11, 2009 by


O.k., let me take another deep breath… and exhale… I’m back. Just trying to get the wheels turning again on this particular track, but I’m definitely feeling the need to get back to some rigorous discussions on the Civil War. Once again, I appreciate all of the supportive comments on this blog as I made […]

The difference between text in print and in the environment of Web 2.0

April 13, 2009 by


It’s tied to digital history and blogging, and I can certainly see it. Can you see the new power of texts in the digital environment? How can we use this power to improve presentation… interaction… and understanding of complex concepts? By the way, if it’s not obvious, I love this video and what it tells […]

Innovative use of video in blogging

April 7, 2009 by


Ok, this is crazy, but I’m, more or less triple posting on this subject. 1) I dropped a comment over at Michael Aubrecht’s blog about the integration of the video into his post of April 6 (yesterday)… then I… 2) made a comment on my digital rhetoric class blog about the same. Now… 3) I’m […]

Is it not true that Clio is only partially wired?

April 1, 2009 by


I don’t think I’m in agreement with the thoughts of some (maybe more than some) others about the progress of digital history as a practice. I think it has a lot to do with the current graduate program that I am in. I’ve spent so much time focused, especially within the last three semesters, on hypertext […]

Slavery justified… according to the Bible, or at least Joseph Ruggles Wilson’s interpretation of it

March 18, 2009 by


I had forgotten all about this story until I came across it again last night… and that is particularly bad considering I included the story in my book about Staunton and Augusta County, Virginia in the Civil War. Nonetheless… President Woodrow Wilson’s (fyi, his full name was Thomas Woodrow Wilson) father, Joseph Ruggles Wilson (born in Steubenville, […]

Virtual battlefield “tinkering” with YouTube

February 27, 2009 by


Just tinkering, and this is rather crude, but the potential is intriguing… As an added bonus, take a look at the terrain map for Sitlington’s Hill

Another taste of Augmented reality

February 26, 2009 by


Once you get to frame 1:30, the potential starts to become obvious… Think in terms of standing in the middle of Camp Sumter (Andersonville, Ga.) or Point Lookout, Maryland…

Augmented reality and “experiential history”

February 24, 2009 by


Ever in search of the optimal historical experience, I ran across the following video in YouTube. I can’t help but think of the implications augmented history will have in the years to come in both the field, among tourists, and in the classroom. The video shows that we are still in the early stages of […]


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