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'” […]
There’s something that struck me long ago, while watching Last of the Mohicans (the newest version), but not necessarily in relation to that time period. Specifically, I’m talking about the marking or remarking of graves of Civil War soldiers. We see it often, in instances where folks, today, wish to mark the graves of people […]
Once in a blue moon (and no, tonight isn’t really a blue moon, but you get the point…), I like to point out what this blog is about. Generally, it focuses on a relatively small range (really!) of topics, dealing primarily with what might (to some) be considered “alternative history” of the Shenandoah Valley in […]
This past Thursday, I drove through Clear Spring, Maryland. To be honest, it was part of a rather out-of-the-way detour that I made (by choice) en route to another location. Certainly, it’s not like I haven’t been there before… but, I just wanted to visit again… and, I’m sure it won’t be the last time […]
Courtesy of the Cleveland (Ohio) Herald, we have this small clip from June 4, 1861 (via Dickinson College’s House Divided blog). The title (of the original document) reads, “Virginia Playing the Foot”, but I feel that this was an error in printing, and that they (the Herald) meant “Virginia Playing the Fool”. Anyway, I find […]
As a follow-up to this morning’s post, I thought I’d bring to light some quotes that speak to the contrary. While Strother, after talking with a few folks from the Jefferson and Berkeley militia units, noted what he found to be an opinion circulating within that group (and one that he found to his liking), […]
The garrison flag, seen below, was actually replaced by the storm flag a few days prior to the bombardment. Nonetheless, it flew in defiance in the days leading up to the bombardment. Enjoy… *Image from the National Park Service’s site, Symbols of Honor.
Oh, goodness… what do we have here? Obviously, the video has a number of issues, but I’m just going to stick to the “Southern = Confederate” issue rearing its ugly head, yet once again. There is no doubt that Maryland does indeed qualify as a Southern state… and therefore… her residents at the time of […]
I meant to post this last month, but just now getting around to it. Eric Foner on Lincoln and slavery… to include abolition, emancipation, colonization, & etc. Very worthwhile stuff when considering some of the discussions within the blogosphere in the last few months. From NPR… http://www.npr.org/v2/?i=133372512&m=133783285&t=audio *Especially interesting when we consider those who try […]
Just got this a couple of hours ago from Longwood University and wanted to share asap: “That a Nation Might Live” is an online weekly podcast series (also available on iTunes) launched recently that traces the events of 150 years ago, reporting the week’s key developments in the run up to and during the war. […]
It’s Remembrance Day in Gettysburg… and I deeply regret that I couldn’t make it as planned. Still, I take the time to remember… whether I’m there or not. Gettysburg experienced in November is different enough, but if you haven’t experienced Gettysburg on Remembrance Day, you miss an opportunity to see the place… if not feel […]
Not long after the controversy over Virginia’s 4th grade history text began, like a number of others, I gave some thoughts about the mention of “Black Confederates” as well, but didn’t go beyond the single post. Yet, in the weeks that followed, I began to think more of what this means. Let’s focus specifically on […]
Ah, Sunday morning… a fire is in the wood-stove to cut the morning chill, a warm cup of coffee sits nearby as I sit down to transcribe more of Strother’s recollections for appearance here later this afternoon. As I do so, I wonder why so many are more fascinated with the events on the battlefields […]
I’ve got some photos that I took a couple of weeks back while on my road trip to Four Locks and Clear Spring, and I thought that I might as well put them on here for everyone to enjoy. I didn’t include them in the tour that weekend because there is no known tie between […]
Just the other day, I made reference to the Lenape/Delaware word “Conococheague“, which means “water of many turns.” Funny, but that pretty much summarizes the way I write this blog… not to mention the fluid nature of many blogs. The content can turn, twist, and completely shift, without warning. It’s more a reflection of what […]
I love this time of year. It’s a chilly day, the sky is overcast… … I have a fire in the wood stove… … and a relaxing cup of cappuccino in my manly-man Mickey Mouse coffee mug (what else??!!) is close at-hand. Feels like a good time to sit down and write… just wish I […]
I’m really not a fan of modern ghost tours and “ghosts of history”-type books. For one thing, I get the impression that the stories being delivered are so incredibly embellished over the years, that they miss the meaty content of the stories told in years past; more fluff than solid content. I know, I know… […]
One of my great-great grandfathers, Charles Robert “Tanner” Hillard, was born on October 3, 1844 (in fact, that will be 166 years ago… tomorrow), a son of Jacob (1784-1864) and Phoebe Elliott Hilliard (ca. 1822-???). As for the Civil War part goes… Charles’ younger brother, Jacob, hired himself out as a substitute (for […]
Hey! It IS October, and seriously… what I said above is a sincere question. I’ll give details later this weekend… and no sarcastic answers to my question in the interim. In the meantime, like I said, it’s October! I love this time of year, and it brings to mind two things in particular… scary stuff […]
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, […]
After reading a comment made in one of my posts from few days ago, I realized something; something that I had really not thought of before. I think it is revealing in terms of how the Web can erase racial barriers. Nonetheless, of all of those who blog in the Civil War blogosphere, who among […]
“Alfred Waud’s drawing captures the exuberance of the Little Rock, Arkansas, African American community as the U. S. Colored Troops returned home at the end of the Civil War. The victorious soldiers are joyously greeted by women and children.” From the Library of Congress’ “African-American Odyssey, Part 1” Dual-posted in Southern Unionists Chronicles.
Look’s like a book worth looking into. Has anybody read it yet?