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What manner of tolerance? – Southern citizens vs. soldiers… blue AND gray

July 10, 2012 by

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There’s something that really strikes me when looking at Southern Claims Commission applications, and that is… how much one can take, and still adhere to the sentiments held prior to situations that can try one’s level of tolerance. Just as an example, among Southern Unionists… they are loyal (or profess to be so, after the fact, when applying for […]

A former slave vouches for the Unionism of his former owner

July 9, 2012 by

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Seeing what I do in discussions among folks regarding Civil War era studies, there can be extreme views regarding slavery. Some lean hard in one direction, talking about how the cruelties of slavery were all fabrications, or very rare. Some lean hard in another direction and talk about the cruelties of slavery, and that, no matter the case, […]

More unraveling of complexities in a family’s story

July 8, 2012 by

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Since the “wires” seem to be hot with stories of Southern Unionism (Craig offered-up yet another story of Southern Unionism just today!)… here comes another meaty morsel which I ran across recently. I don’t recall, exactly, how it came to my attention, but recently, while perusing the Web, I ran into a biographical sketch of […]

“Did people call him a Union man?” “Yes, sir, and a great many called him a damn Yankee all the time.”

July 7, 2012 by

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My attention to the details of his life just weren’t there… it seemed they didn’t need to be… as a father-in-law to one of my distant uncles, John William Neer was an indirect link in the family tree… and, at one time, I knew nothing of his life, other than that indirect connection. Over time, […]

More on Samuel Windle… a response from a descendant.

May 26, 2012 by

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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 […]

Despite what you say, your claim as a loyal Union man is disallowed…

May 20, 2012 by

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I’ve got a post coming about John W. Neer, a Union man from Harper’s Ferry. While no blood relative of mine, one of his daughters married my third great granduncle, James Draden Moore (1859-1899). Neer’s story is an interesting one, and I look forward to telling it, but I wanted to break-out one small portion […]

Let’s be honest with Shenandoah Valley history for the Spring of ’62… not all locals were happy with Stonewall’s presence

May 5, 2012 by

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I’ve seen a good deal of “Stonewall Jackson praising” going on lately, and while I can appreciate his part in the history of the Valley for that time, that’s not quite all of the story. In short, not everyone was cheering the arrival (and in some cases, the return) of Confederate troops in the Valley, […]

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, […]

Tragedy in the Shenandoah Valley… soon to be an e-book

April 20, 2012 by

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Just received word, earlier today from the History Press, that my last book, Tragedy in the Shenandoah Valley: The Story of the Summers-Koontz Execution, is going to be made available as an e-book in the near future. Will pass along details when I know more. If you don’t have a hard-copy yet… now would be […]

At what point did I change in my focus?

April 18, 2012 by

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A quick thought… Recently, I was had a chance to participate in a Civil War-focused luminary project in a cemetery within my home county. For a number of reasons, I declined… partly because of the time required to prepare for it. Not only that, but I think my interests in walking folks through the cemetery is not […]

Southern Unionism in music

April 12, 2012 by

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This clip was uploaded to YouTube earlier this year and I just found it… and wow, what a great piece! The description states: It’s not commonly known that there were many southerners who fought for the union during the Civil War. Most of them were from the mountains. This song is about one such southern unionist. […]

Loudoun Rangers descendants’ reunion planned for June, 2012

April 12, 2012 by

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Reader Mike Musick reminded me in a comment yesterday, of the upcoming reunion planned for June. I heard about it about a month or so ago, and, it’s probably not a bad idea to pass along the word here. Though I’m not a descendant of a Loudoun Ranger, I’m certainly interested, as I did have […]

Taking Southern Unionism on the road

April 11, 2012 by

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While I’ve been writing a good deal about it over the past 5 1/2 years, I’ve only made one presentation about Southern Unionism… that being a response to a call for papers. The presentation, made at Frederick Community College, in Frederick Maryland (Fall, 2006), was largely focused on my masters thesis… which was actually still […]

Wading through life to get to the Civil War…

April 10, 2012 by

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So… the balance of time between getting the new house prepared for moving in, and the old house for going on the market continues. Please pardon the absence of posts. In the interim (also known as… in the midst of everything I’m doing to accomplish the above), there’s still much time for thinking… and I still think […]

“Pressed”, drafted, and conscripted – a quick note

March 15, 2012 by

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Yesterday, I posted a piece about Thomas C. Suter, and his change from gray (Confederate service) to blue (Union service). I also posted a link to the piece on Western Maryland’s Historical Library’s Facebook page, as a response to their having posted the brief newspaper clip. In response, Tom Clemens, Professor of History at Hagerstown […]

From gray to blue… Hagerstown’s Thomas C. Suter

March 14, 2012 by

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I’m reminded today, via the Western Maryland Historical Library Facebook post, that, 150 years ago, as of March 12, the following hit the Hagerstown newspaper, Herald of Freedom & Torch Light… It’s an interesting piece, begging some questions, like… “as a Confederate officer, why did he take the oath so quickly?” Well, that’s part of […]

Winchester, Virginia and sentiments… Secesh vs. Unionism…

March 11, 2012 by

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First, yes, I know… it’s been a while. Relocating is going to string me out a bit between now and June, but I need to remember to feed the blog in the in-between. In fact, the warmer it gets, the more motivated I am to get things done on the inside of the house, so […]

A photo of a Shenandoah Valley Virginian in blue

February 19, 2012 by

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No, not in uniform, but I’m just as tickled to get this photo of him in years after… no doubt in his pension days… … and a little closer… … and closer still… This is Henry “Hiram” Meadows, and his wife Ardista D. “Anne” Breeden Meadows. Readers may not be familiar with Henry’s story… so, […]

Defining Southern Unionists… one part of what might end up a multi-part examination

February 19, 2012 by

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On and off, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about this lately. First, I wonder just how many people have a one-dimensional, stereotype definition of Southern Unionists. Is it common to see them simply as Southerners who refused to release their embrace of the Union? Maybe folks also see them as Southerners who embraced Lincoln […]

50 Most Powerful Images of the Civil War…. hmmm; methinks some are missing

February 6, 2012 by

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The Atlantic put out a series of images from the Civil War that they consider among the most powerful. Certainly, I agree with some, but I think their list also falls short. In fact, there are several images that are pre-war, and as far as the actual time of the war goes, I think others […]

Why I love adding Southern Unionist content to the Web

February 1, 2012 by

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… well, part of the reason… I read the occasional comments, here and there, on the Web (especially in so-called “Southern Heritage” forums), from people today who… and I paraphrase… “don’t understand how they (Southerners, today) could turn against their own heritage… denying the story of their Southern ancestors who ‘fought nobly for the South'”. […]

Looking at Lee-Jackson Day from another angle

January 14, 2012 by

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A day late, but… While some may reflect on various aspects of the lives of Lee and Jackson, on their day, here in Virginia, I’d dare say that the heaviest focus is likely on their lives during four years of war, yet while hardly giving time to consider the complexities of family ties caused for […]

On Southerners and secession (1860-61)… motivations…

January 11, 2012 by

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Please pardon my rather lengthy absences over the past few months. Between dealing with some health issues, having surgery… and somewhere in between… still working an average 90+ hours per two weeks… not to mention the average 12-15 hours of commuting per week… writing has fallen significantly on my list of priorities (sleep has ranked […]

Christmas in Hagerstown, 1861

December 25, 2011 by

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For those in western Maryland who considered themselves Southerners AND Unionists… (and, considering the circumstances as Southern Unionists… perhaps it should be “Unionists AND Southerners”) the first eight months of the Civil War must have proved trying between the back-and-forth of uncertainty regarding Maryland and secession, and the division in sentiment with those, mostly across […]

Looking back on Remembrance Day, 2011

November 20, 2011 by

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I’ve been to Gettysburg lots of times, but have only been there twice for Remembrance Day. My first Remembrance Day was in 2002, as a commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans camp. Working in the spirit of a Blue-Gray reunion that had taken place, between Confederate veterans of my home county, and Union veterans […]

Intermission in the Nicholson story…

November 6, 2011 by

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So, here I am, weaving my way through this story, when last night, in the process of ironing out details, I ran into a whole new line of Nicholson family members that had evaded me over the years… somehow. In fact, I’m amazed at the number of Nicholson family members (just a few shy of […]

Confederates, Southern Unionists, and… The Waltons?!

October 23, 2011 by

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To be clear… I’ve always been a fan of the Waltons… though I prefer the first three seasons over the rest. Not only was it based largely on the writings of a Virginian, but also focused on a fictional Virginia family under the shadow of the Blue Ridge (albeit, on the eastern side). I still […]

“Yankee-leanin’ Hollywood propaganda”… errr, maybe not…

October 8, 2011 by

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There’s a scene that has lingered in my mind for a number of years… since first seeing the movie Cold Mountain. It’s where the mother of two deserters, in western North Carolina, has a noose about her neck, with her hands placed between the lower rails of a worm fence. Meanwhile, a Confederate sergeant, “dancin'” […]