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I’m puzzled why Chris thinks I may be puzzled…

June 4, 2011 by

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In this post over at Civil War Voices, Chris Wehner wonders if I am puzzled by “the presence of contraband’s blacks offering substances to Union soldiers”. I recently commented over there about the whole contraband thing, and Chris made that a little more clear, but think I may need to offer a little more. Keep […]

Why was it called Jackson’s “Prayer Oak”?

June 4, 2011 by

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I was asked a question by a reader yesterday, and thought I’d give a little more background about the Jackson Prayer Oak/Tree. Why is it called Jackson’s “Prayer Oak”? In the wake of victories at Cross Keys and Port Republic, Stonewall Jackson moved his army into Brown’s Gap for a few days. A few days […]

Luray’s witness tree

June 3, 2011 by

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Since we’re in mourning for the Jackson Prayer Oak (see here, and here… and yes, I’m a tree hugger of sorts… especially when it comes to witness trees), I figured it was a perfect time to talk about another witness tree, but further down the Valley, in Page County. While this tree didn’t witness any […]

The Jackson Prayer Oak/Tree, near Mt. Meridian, is no more…

June 3, 2011 by

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See =>here, from NBC 29 out of Charlottesville, and =>here, from the Daily News Record, Harrisonburg. More to follow…

Eastman Johnson’s “Union Soldiers Accepting a Drink”

May 25, 2011 by

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Just stumbled across this on the Web today, and found it so interesting that I just wanted to share. First, note who is providing the Union soldiers with a drink. Second, I wonder, is that the Blue Ridge in the background? Wonder if this is an image from Johnson’s experiences east of the Blue Ridge […]

The Alabamian…

May 11, 2011 by

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And last but not least, we have David Birney. Yes, born in Huntsville, Alabama, but his daddy was a Kentuckian… and a Southern abolitionist… so, yes, there were indeed some Union men who were fighting with the idea of freeing slaves… and some were Southern too!

The Virginian…

May 11, 2011 by

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Yes, that’s correct… another Southern-born boy in command of UNION troops at Gettysburg. Newton initially commanded the 3rd Division of the 6th Corps coming into the battle, but commanded the 1st Corps after Meade came onto the scene. Originally, Doubleday replaced Reynolds after he had been killed, but, Meade replaced Doubleday the Virginian Newton (incidentally, Doubleday and […]

The North Carolinian…

May 11, 2011 by

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Yes, Solomon Meredith was born in NC and lived there until the age of 19. Can you believe… the commanding officer of the Iron Brigade at Gettysburg was a North Carolinian? Also interesting that he faced Tarheels here.

USCT, 54th & 55th Massachusetts men in Mercersburg, Pa

May 11, 2011 by

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My first tour stops for the day…

Ridin’ a raid…

May 10, 2011 by

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It’s quieted down considerably here since the latter part of April, but rest assured, things will pick up again soon, as we move toward the middle of May (shadowing the increase in activity in “these parts”, in 1861). Tomorrow, I’m going to divert a bit from the Sesquicentennial line of features, and take those who […]

Southerners who wanted to free the slaves

May 5, 2011 by

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Yes, there were white Southerners who wanted to free the slaves. But, something that comes to my mind when I’m considering this is, well, with all of the talk about “Black Confederates”, and fair and equal treatment by the Confederacy… do tell… of those who wore gray, or were the big dogs in the Confederate […]

The Arsenal ablaze in the distance…

April 18, 2011 by

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This is what Strother sketched from somewhere around Bolivar Heights, for 9:30 p.m., April 18, 1861… noting that the time was earlier than some affix to the event… View from Bolivar Heights, afternoon of April 18, 2011… Marker on Bolivar Heights, recognizing the events of April 18, 1861 (and later that year)… Another view of […]

What the Virginia militia wore…

April 18, 2011 by

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The Jefferson Guard (local, from Jefferson County) wore this blue uniform… While other local militia wore something more along this line… But then, looking at Strother’s sketch from Halltown, it appears there was more of an assortment, with civilian-looking attire being rather dominant… at least around 5 p.m.

About the right time, and, perhaps… at the right place

April 18, 2011 by

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Some people are into this sort of thing, and some aren’t, but for those of us who are… it’s cool to be at a particular place exactly 150 years to the day… and sometimes to within the hour or so… of an event in the Civil War. So, check your watches… the time is currently […]

A quest to know more about my Virginia ancestor who spoke out against secession

April 3, 2011 by

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As I mentioned yesterday, after posting a few items focused on anti-secession rhetoric in Virginia (during this time of the year, 150 years ago) this past week, I began thinking again about an ancestor of mine who also spoke out against secession at this same time. John Shuler (1815-1908) was a well-to-do farmer in Grove […]

Making the Shatner-Civil War connection

March 22, 2011 by

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What the heck… it’s William Shatner’s 80th birthday. So, I figured I’d bring back a couple of clips from the past, related to the Civil War, of course… First, we have Shatner, as Capt. James T. Kirk, welcoming Abraham Lincoln aboard the Enterprise… Then we have Shatner as Norton Parker Chipman in The Andersonville Trial. […]

Submariner’s remembrance…

March 13, 2011 by

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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, […]

In search of… the grave of a slaveholder, killed by his slaves

March 12, 2011 by

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Just a quick note this morning, before I head out. Among the things I have on the calendar for today is a visit to a cemetery. This isn’t just an ordinary cemetery, but one in which rests a slaveholder who was killed (February 14, 1842) by two of his slaves (“Captain” and “Martin”). I visited […]

Yes, Alabama, there is, in fact, at least one memorial to Southern Unionists, in your state

March 10, 2011 by

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A few weeks ago, I began digging through my files, in search of one photo. Back in 2004, I found a memorial plaque to the 1st Alabama Cavalry (US) at the Marion County Courthouse, in Alabama (on the outer walls, leading into the entrance). Regretfully, the photo was taken in my days prior to going […]

A little something for Keith’s Cosmic Civil War

February 16, 2011 by

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I was perusing the Web early this morning and came across several deleted scenes from the movie Gettysburg.  One in particular seemed to strike a chord, especially since Keith, over at Cosmic Civil War, has given some time to blog about it recently (and we exchanged Tweets about the subject over a period of a […]

Returning to where it all began…

January 11, 2011 by

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(cue the stylus scratching across a record!) No, I don’t mean there! I mean, where the Civil War “began” with me… Sure, I couldn’t keep my paws off Civil War books in my youth. In fact, at one point, my 4th grade teacher actually told me to no longer check-out war-related books from the school […]

The Civil War… “through the eyes of my people”

December 31, 2010 by

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Just jabbed my friend Harry a little by pointing out that some still refer to the Bull Run battles as the Battles of 1st and 2nd Manassas, respectively. It was all in good fun, and owe a hat tip to Harry for pointing out that there are some quality Civil War stamps on the horizon… […]

One site, multiple angles for interpretation

December 19, 2010 by

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One of my favorite historic sites in Page County, Virginia is Catherine’s Furnace. Because of efforts made in the early 2000s, the site has one Virginia Civil War Trails marker. I was fortunate to be involved in deciding that the site merited a marker, and I also wrote the text and provided images for the […]

Was it that the farthest parts of western Virginia didn’t feel threatened?

December 18, 2010 by

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Was it… the right to own slaves, without interference… or… “States’ rights”? When it all boils down, what do we see? Let’s visualize slavery in Virginia, in 1860. From The Secession Movement in Virginia, 1847-1861 (1934), by Henry T. Shanks. When it comes down to what portions of Virginia did and did not secede, is […]

Complex connections

November 22, 2010 by

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I saw this today, and the first thing I thought was, “oh, I bet Harry would be interested in this”… The thing is, I was looking for the headstones of David Hunter Strother’s (aka Porte Crayon… or, around these parts, simply, “The Porte“) parents. Well, this stone was not ten feet from John Strother’s stone… […]

Excellent overview of elections leading up to the war

November 18, 2010 by

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Hat tip to Kevin Levin for pointing this out on Twitter. I’ve presented some short pieces about mid-19th century elections here before (here, here, and here), but the following video shows just how complicated it is to gather meaning from those elections. As Dr. Ayers says that we can’t look at the elections from the […]

Immersive experiential history

November 13, 2010 by

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From time to time, I discuss the “architecture” and development of digital history, and one area that fascinates me most is the potential for creating immersive experiential history (and yes, just a few steps short of the holodeck) In its present form, I don’t think the tools for the Web are great enough to do […]

The Presidential election of 1860: National Results… and results in the Shenandoah Valley

November 6, 2010 by

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On this day, 150 years ago, people voted… and, laid-out on maps, the results were as follows (the top map is much more detailed, but I regret to say, I can’t find a better image): In the Shenandoah Valley, the the popular vote was… County Abraham Lincoln (Republican) John Bell (Constitutional Union) John C. Breckinridge […]

The Albemarle Barracks burial site

November 6, 2010 by

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For a number of months, I’ve been wanting to track down the site of Albemarle Barracks, but my travels across the Blue Ridge to Charlottesville haven’t offered an opportunity to take the time… until yesterday. There are lots of places in one particular area of “the ‘ville” that indicate the former presence of Hessians, but […]

Meem’s Bottom Covered Bridge

November 2, 2010 by

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I get this “historic-stuff-seeking urge” to pull-off I-81 at times, during my weekly commutes… this is where I snapped some quick photos today… … and while we’re at it, let’s take a look back toward the Massanutten from the bridge… you may recall my mentioning something about Meem’s Bottom in my post, “Why Cenantua?“. This […]

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