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Southern… but at what point did “alternative roads” course outward?

September 22, 2012 by

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There’s a great deal of time and effort spent at looking at Southerners in the Civil War, and in the years leading-up to the secession crisis. We see several books, articles, blog posts, etc. focused on “what they were fighting for” (in this instance, one could say this statement applies to both Southern Confederates and Southern Unionists), […]

The war from within… contemporary Southerners reflecting on the Civil War… sans Lost Cause

April 26, 2012 by

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I don’t delve into these things like I used to do, usually because I find the time spent equates to wasted time, and really, I have little patience (and thus, I will officially issue a word of warning when it comes to commenting on this post) for dealing with the responses typical of many modern Confederate advocates (which, […]

The Long Shadow of Lee Reaches… the Navy?

April 24, 2011 by

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At yesterday’s Civil War at Sea Symposium, our host called the audience’s attention to this recruiting poster: So Robert, you’re the naval expert here…. what’s up with this? It is a World War II era recruiting poster.  Our host pointed out the poster lacks any official US government attributes or stamps, normally seen on Navy […]

Virginia’s textbook ordeal: thinking beyond “Black Confederates”

November 17, 2010 by

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Not long after the controversy over Virginia’s 4th grade history text began, like a number of others, I gave some thoughts about the mention of “Black Confederates” as well, but didn’t go beyond the single post. Yet, in the weeks that followed, I began to think more of what this means. Let’s focus specifically on […]

Charles M. Brown… Page County’s “Black Confederate”… or… maybe not(?)

October 27, 2010 by

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As, I believe, most are aware (mostly because of the recent issue with the textbooks in Virginia), there is a great deal of talk about the subject of “Black Confederates” at this time, and, in the CW blogosphere, I think Andy Hall and Kevin Levin are handling it just fine. I’ve engaged in discussion about […]

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… […]

So, finally… this Confederate vet and the witch…

October 2, 2010 by

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    One of my great-great grandfathers, Charles Robert “Tanner” Hillard, was born on October 3, 1844 (in fact, that will be 166 years ago… tomorrow), a son of Jacob (1784-1864) and Phoebe Elliott Hilliard (ca. 1822-???). As for the Civil War part goes… Charles’ younger brother, Jacob, hired himself out as a substitute (for […]

The situation with the USS Olympia gets my goat!

September 7, 2010 by

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It’s a crying shame that our nation might be losing one of its greatest national treasures, but… that’s the way things keep looking. Some may recall a little while ago that Craig gave us a virtual tour of the Olympia, having also mentioned her a little before. Then too, I see that Dimitri mentioned it […]

Another Confederate veteran and his Doughboy son…

September 5, 2010 by

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I remembered coming across this image several years back, while writing one of the unit histories for the Virginia Regimental Histories Series. Seated is George William Koontz (1839-1925) of Shenandoah County, Virginia. Though he had relocated to Highland County in 1854, at the opening of the Civil War, he returned to Shenandoah County and enlisted […]

A clash of “tennials”

September 2, 2010 by

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As we are all aware, we are now in the midst of the Civil War Sesquicentennial. Things have been underway for a while, and, as Kevin points out… while it might not be as big a deal as some might hope, there is still… something, somewhere going on. Oftentimes, there is more going on than […]

An interesting passage from Foster’s Ghosts of the Confederacy

August 24, 2010 by

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“‘It would have pleased you to know and have heard the wild rebel yell echoing from the ancient walls of Manila, the son of a Virginia Confederate informed former Confederate general E.P. Alexander after the war [Spanish-American War]. ‘We of the younger generation owe you of ’61 a debt of gratitude and admiration for the […]

Sending off “the boys” from Luray

August 20, 2010 by

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Wish this would have scanned a little more clear. Nonetheless, I was mistaken about the combination of Confederate flags and U.S. flags in this photo… albeit, there are Confederate veterans. In fact, first man in the front on the left (the older gentlemen) was a captain, and former commanding officer of Co. K, 10th Virginia […]

Organizational affiliated Confederate veterans vice non-organizational Confederate vets

August 19, 2010 by

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I’ve often wondered just what percentage of Confederate veterans actually belonged to organizations such as the U.C.V. More importantly, just how many did not… and why? I know there were some vets who didn’t think much of reunions with their former adversaries (though I cannot recall, at this time, in what sources I’ve seen this […]

Imagined “memory” vs. Realized/actual memory

August 18, 2010 by

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Somewhere in my diminished amount of free time lately, I’ve spent some time investigating the realized/actual memory of Southerners at the time of WW1 and even during the Spanish-American War, and all I can say at this point is that it baffles me when it comes to some, today, who suggest that their comments/”position” are/is […]

Yes, but would you really want to have lived back then?

August 13, 2010 by

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Quick post based on passing thought. How many who study the Civil War would like the chance to experience it? Be that for a day, a week, a month… or whatever… how many actually “try” to experience it through living history, reenactments, etc. Now, how many would like to give WW1 a try? As for […]

“Hell no, our kids won’t go!”

July 30, 2010 by

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I was going to post another installment of D.H. Strother’s “Recollections” today, but will hold off till tomorrow. I saw something posted by David over at Inconvenient South that caught my eye. David cites an article (from The Journal of American History, and written by Jeanette Keith) published in 2001 focused on Southern draft resistance […]

Looking beyond Confederate service records and pensions

March 23, 2009 by

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Just a passing thought this morning (and a relatively light post considering I am deep in my thesis right now), but, I’d like to say something quick about questionable loyalties when it comes to Confederate soldiers. I’ve mentioned it before, but from what one finds in a service record and a pension is not “all-revealing.” […]

Southerners “honoring” Southern heritage

February 20, 2009 by

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I just added a link to Greg Rowe’s blog because… he gets it. Through his words I can see that he is one of a growing number of Southerners who, after a long journey, is like me and is still learning to appreciate ALL facets of Civil War-era “Southern heritage” and is not caught up in “selective […]

What is a “true and complete” Southern perspective of the Civil War?

February 17, 2009 by

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If one says he/she is going to present a “Southern perspective” of the Civil War, do you cringe or roll your eyes and say something like, “oh no, here we go?” Is it possible to deliver a non-slanted “Southern perspective” of the war without tripping over all of the perspectives that actually make up THE Southern perspective of […]

Great new addition to the blogroll

February 6, 2009 by

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I was delighted to hear from Victoria Bynum (Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War) last night via a comment made by her in my Southern Unionists Chronicles site. Not only was it great to hear from her, but it is even better knowing that she has launched her own blog, Renegade South. For those who […]

Carpetbaggers!?

February 2, 2009 by

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Just for the fun of it, I just spent some time in the census records again. I noticed that the 1870 and 1880 census records online at the UVa site provide stats for the states of birth. So, considering the talk about carpetbaggers in a few places in the blogosphere, I figured I would run […]

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 […]