… didn’t appear until October 18, 1859… two days after the raid was initiated. For those who know the story, it’s also interesting to read the exaggerated numbers involved in the raid, and the reference to a “Captain Anderson” instead of John Brown.
For almost 177 years, the Virginia Military Institute has been an iconic part of the history of the Shenandoah Valley. Today, I happened upon the following clip from the August 13, 1859 edition of the Richmond Dispatch: Having set the context with this clip… the more things change, the more… well, you know. While the number of new “Rats” […]
The title of this post might lack the hook that would draw in a crowd, but that shouldn’t detract. For those who are truly curious about what antebellum life was like in the Valley (and might be well-acquainted with the area of the Valley in which this piece discusses), this piece offers an opportunity to […]
It’s been a while since I last posted from a battlefield, but felt today was a good time. I’m sitting within the lines of what was the left flank of the Stonewall Brigade (as of this very hour, 150 years ago). I’m within the area in which the 33rd Virginia stood… and to my right, […]
Around noon today, I launched the first tweet of what I hope will be a series that will follow the troop movements leading up to Second Winchester. For those who might be inclined, you are welcome to follow along, via my Twitter feed (or follow #2ndWinchester150 and #Gettysburg150). I’ll try to post as close as possible […]
I had hoped to have this posted on the anniversary of the event, but six days later… can’t be too bad with a “live” blog post from the actual site! So… 150 years ago, six days ago… Thomas Walter saved what is one of the most attractive features of the old C&O Canal… the Monocacy […]
…and nothing more, for today…
This morning I took the cars at Sir John’s for the purpose of visiting Charlestown on personal business. A stranger from the West who sat beside me opened conversation on the all-absorbing subject: Would Virginia secede? [Word had not been received yet, of the Convention’s vote the day before] I replied, somewhat dogmatically perhaps, “That […]
I’m in a western Maryland frame of mind. So… …the following comes from the Herald and Torch (Hagerstown, Md.), March 13, 1861: Will Secession Preserve Slavery? The Baltimore Sun, which is the exponent of the extreme sentiments of the Southern rights men of Maryland, as they call themselves, says that “secession and union with the […]
In the wake of my post, yesterday, at Southern Unionists Chronicles (and recalling the suspension of habeas corpus and declaration of martial law, under the administration of Confederate President Jefferson Davis)… An Interesting Document – Why John Minor Botts was Imprisoned. From the Richmond Republic. [as reprinted in the January 22, 1866 edition […]
There’s been some talk lately, on the blogosphere and elsewhere, about the possibility that the S.C.V. will get a Nathan Bedford Forrest license plate in Mississippi. Brooks Simpson blogged about it today, and Eric Wittenberg blogged about it on the 10th. While both of them explain why Forrest should not be on a plate (and […]
A few days ago, I asked Craig Swain about the story behind the ordnance sergeant who was present at the seizing of Ft. Pulaski. Incidentally, you may recall, Ft. Pulaski was also a subject of interest in my =>most recent post. Anyway, Craig included the name of the ordnance sergeant in his post, but was […]
Earlier this week, I posted a quick comment on my Facebook page about Maryland’s War of 1812 license plates. It’s everywhere, it’s everywhere! Yet, Maryland’s silence about the Sesquicentennial is excruciatingly painful. No blogs, no tweets, nothing… I’m not saying that the War of 1812 is unimportant… because it IS important. What bothers me is […]
As we begin to enter Thanksgiving week, I’m wondering… where, really, was the first “thanksgiving”? Well, technically, we have to narrow this down. Since the first thanksgiving in North America was… well, hold on a sec… …wasn’t the first thanksgiving in North America experienced in 1541 by Coronado’s party after crossing the Llano Estacado in […]
That convenient walking path across a “bridge” may not be what you think. In fact, it is where water once flowed atop water; once a part of the waterway system that was the C&O Canal… the Conococheague aqueduct. So, here, in the days past my ggg grandfather’s days as lead lockkeepeer, after he bought (1860) […]
While grief likely defined their last few months here, there are other emotions that come to mind regarding the stories of my Moore ancestors at Four Locks. Other children came to Cyrus and Catherine while here. In fact, my great-great grandfather, John Howard Moore (named, I believe, for a family friend, Jonathan Hower, who happened […]
Morning, September 26… no cold chills in the night, no ghostly apparitions, no ghostly echoes of crying babies (thinking of the Moore twins from 1858). In fact, it was quite a restful sleep. As for the photo… one of the things that strikes me about old places are the floors. This floor has all the […]
Took a walk along the towpath, toward Dam 5. Quiet and uneventful otherwise. Droid doesn’t take good photos at night without supplemental light. Just over 15 minutes from midnight. Going to stay up a wee bit longer, then see about some sleep. The house has all the charm that I expected…. May walk among the […]
Nice day outside today, so visitor count is low (25). Hope to see some increased visitor count tonight. Enroute to lockhouse 49. On I-81 North. Will make a stop at Clear Spring on the way.
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 […]
A little late on this one, but I just learned that the biennial Argumentation Conference was recently held at Wake Forest University. I see that V. William Balthrop has been examining “the discourse of contemporary Southern Heritage groups and the continued construction of a ‘Southern identity.'” For some reason, I think I’ve read this before, […]
The deeper I get into the history of events in central and western Maryland, the more I am convinced that the “despot’s heel” argument really holds little weight. Not only is the state song out of date, it never really reflected the Civil War era opinion of the state as a whole. What prompted today’s […]
Having seen a recent comment to a post in another blog, I just felt the need to say something. Though neither the post or the comment were focused directly on the act of blogging, the reference to blogging was made in a very negative way. Let’s just say that it’s clear that some people don’t […]
Master of Science in Technical & Scientific Communication!
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, […]
Revisiting one of my earlier posts in which I offered my thoughts on a post made by Kevin Levin in his Civil War Memory blog, and having seen this post in another blog, I’m again drawn to some of the thoughts that I’ve had regarding the way that “Black Confederates” are being “remembered.” Regretfully, we still know little about […]
In reading this story about the recently located Union soldier at Antietam (aka Sharpsburg), my thoughts drifted to the Wilderness and the situation with the Wal-Mart site that might go there. Just think about it… it will be such a thrilling day, and think about all that revenue generated for Orange County! $500,000 annually, right! Hot […]
Just want to let everyone know, I should be back to posting again this evening or tomorow. Still recovering from my deviated septum surgery.
I just put up two posts today (Slave numbers in the Southern States as represented through the U.S. Census & Slave numbers in the Northern States as represented through the U.S. Census) to show the versatility of the Historical Census Database that I mentioned yesterday. There are all sorts of queries possible, but after making the […]