While I’m grateful to have the day off, I really have to wonder when Columbus Day will become passe. I mean, after all, look at 1) why Columbus Day was started in the first place, and 2) what we’ve discovered in historical research that may question why we celebrate the day at all. I know […]
It was on this day, in 1900, that the U.S. Navy purchased a 64-ton experimental submarine from John P. Holland. In October of that same year, this “boat” was named the U.S.S. Holland, officially becoming the Navy’s first commissioned submarine (Submarine Torpedo Boat #1). Where’d she go? Was the Holland really the USS Monitor without […]
One of my submarine-related interjections between posts about the Civil War… Tomorrow is the 111th birthday of the U.S. Submarine Force… but, today marks 48 years since the loss of all hands (129 total, including 17 civilian technicians), aboard the U.S.S. Thresher. At 7:47 a.m., on April 10, 1963, in deep-diving tests off the coast […]
I’m slightly distracted today… for a number of reasons… so, I’m going to deviate slightly from the standard content here… and yes, I’ll be getting back to the story I started yesterday. I pitched an idea to fellow submariners today (on FaceBook), thinking it would be interesting to learn not just about the boats lost, […]
There was, indeed, a Robert Moore in the Alamo when it fell, 175 years ago today. I remember reading his name on the list of those lost there, when I visited that sacred ground in Texas, a few years ago. I doubt that the Alamo’s Robert B. Moore is any relation(*), but he was born […]
Going to divert focus here for just a bit; the reason being a recent unique find pertaining to my ancestry. Before I spill the beans, I figure I better set the stage. About 17 years ago, I started learning about another branch of my family tree… the McKinney and Quigley family lines. After growing up […]
So… “Eb”… did ya ever think you’d get a gig as a bookend in the afterlife? On top of that, did ya ever think you’d be a bookend for books about Confederate units? “Confederate”? Errr, probably not. But seriously, I love New England headstone art. I picked this up at, of all places (I just […]
Alright, picking-up from my post from Saturday, I was thinking that maybe I need a little more information supporting the claim that I made that witches were more common in 19th century Page County (and the central Shenandoah Valley) than some may realize. So… In February 1930, in his “Jacob’s Well” column, Jacob R. Seekford […]
No, not Civil War-related, but family-related… I had just finished visiting the National World War I Museum, and having spotted the Spanish-American War Monument, I drove over to it to snap a shot or two. But then, I saw this monument on a hill within site of the Span-Am monument. Intrigued, I took a walk […]
http://www.sbnation.com/2010/9/11/1682758/james-madison-virginia-tech-live-score-update-jmu-james-madison-university Proud to be a Duke!
We have intermissions here as well… … yes, I know… what the heck is that in my header…? Well, allow me to back up a bit. My “demonstration” in this post is aligned with the sentiments expressed by Andy in his post from the other day. It’s my way of voicing an opinion against anyone […]
Ok, ok… I have no doubt that it’s NOT a top seller, but it was cool that I found it recently. Here’s some shots of me in my younger days about the Montpelier (15 years ago this summer). They’re a couple of still-frames from a show (“Sounds of Discovery”) that appeared first around 1995. Bill […]
Just another stone in a cemetery… But wait, he was a soldier… and he died in the closing weeks of the First World War… Makes you wonder a bit, huh? Or does it really? Who was the man? How did he die? Who were his parents, siblings, and maybe he had a wife. Did he […]
I find the older I get, I must have adult attention deficit disorder… either that, or I just get bored doing the same thing too long; better to bounce between several different projects to keep the mind fresh. On that note, while conducting research for my Cole’s Cavalry unit history project, I’ve also been compiling […]
A shot of my east orchard and blackberry bramble this morning… first measurable snowfall this fall.
It’s birthday month for the U.S. Submarine force and, while the official birthday is April 11 and I’m going to post accordingly on that day, I just had to post this. It’s got to be about one of the funniest things I’ve seen. It’s a picture of “Fred” the polar bear gnawing on the rudder […]