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The art of arguing…

March 26, 2010 by


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, […]

Maryland and “the despot’s heel”

January 8, 2010 by


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 Not only is the state song out of date, it never really reflected the Civil War era opinion of the state as a whole.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 […]

Taking Blogs and Bloggers seriously

May 18, 2009 by


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 […]


May 8, 2009 by


Master of Science in Technical & Scientific Communication!

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, […]

A suggestion of prevailing racial harmony and sympathy in “Cause” in “remembering” “Black Confederates?”

February 13, 2009 by


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 […]

I can picture it now, ground-breaking day at the Wal-Mart site in the Wilderness…

December 28, 2008 by


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 […]

Back to posting again

December 18, 2008 by


Just want to let everyone know, I should be back to posting again this evening or tomorow. Still recovering from my deviated septum surgery.

Unavailable data regarding slaveholders in the U.S. from 1790-1860

December 12, 2008 by


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 […]

In search of objectivity in presentation of Civil War history

November 2, 2008 by


What is objectivity and can it exist in historical analysis? As we grow and learn, what is it within our individual world that impacts our ability to objectively analyze different aspects of the American Civil War? To answer this, it may be that we first need to ask… how is “Civil War memory” formed? Can […]

My point in posting the pension abstract… more on the way in which “Black Confederates” are “honored”

September 1, 2008 by


Despite criticism of my motivations behind one of my most recent posts, posting what I did was not merely a matter of convenience in support of my argument. The material does support it, but that’s not the point. This is just laying out the facts as defined, not by me, but by the state and […]

Confederate headstones and the question of “willful” service

July 30, 2008 by


Note: Feeling a need to clarify my thoughts on some matters, as of 29 August 2008, I added something to the points that I have made in this post. See another post for additional details. I’d be curious to see the V.A. headstone application stats. Specifically, I’d like to see how many Civil War headstones […]

An excellent post by Peter Carmichael on Black Confederates

July 23, 2008 by


Available at Kevin Levin’s Civil War Memory blog .

Back at it on the blog

May 9, 2008 by


Well, my furlough had to be extended as a “French Furlough,” but I’m back! Not only was I dealing with a hectic ending to the semester, but faced an immediate (though highly anticipated) flight to Louisville, Kentucky for the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby. I wrapped up my last project and turned it in […]

On “furlough” until 6 May

April 28, 2008 by


Well, finals are in full swing and, despite efforts to make a post, this is the best I can do until after all the dust settles. So, with that in mind, I am taking a respite from my postings and plan on entering my next post around the 6th of May. Until then…

Number of voters in the Shenandoah Valley, 1856-1861

April 8, 2008 by


The following table specifies the number of votes cast in the three elections from 1856-1860 and the referendum vote on secession in 1861. I’ll comment more on this later. However, with a quick glance at the difference between numbers of voters in 1860 and 1861, in most cases (Rockingham and Shenandoah counties being the exception) […]

Returns for the 1860 Presidential Election in the Shenandoah Valley

April 4, 2008 by


I found the information for the 1860 Presidential election on a West Virginia Division of Culture and History site. Incidentally, it was rare for Lincoln to appear on a ballot in western Virginia (or most of the Commonwealth), but it appears he was present on the ballot in Shenandoah County, Virginia. County Abraham Lincoln (Republican) […]

One Union soldier’s reflections on the Lost Cause

March 24, 2008 by


The following is from Chapter 12 of the History of the Twelfth West Virginia Infantry (by William Hewitt) which is available on Linda Cunningham Fluharty’s fantastic website about that regiment. … regarding the war from a moral and political standpoint, it sometimes seems as if the war did not last long enough. It took years of the […]

Confessions of a Rogue Digital Historian

November 3, 2007 by


OK, so this is my first venture into the realm of the blogs. Having wrapped up my masters in History (with a concentration on American History from colonization through the Civil War era) at Old Dominion University and entering into a second masters program (Technical and Scientific Communication) at James Madison University, I figured it […]