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“Do not expect to enter my house, if you disobey my orders.”

August 7, 2011 by


It’s just one example of what likely occurred in many a Virginia household, in 1861, and even later. Yet, popular contemporary “memory” of Virginia, at war on the side of the Southern Confederacy, seems to have no, or very little “recollection” of such instances. The following comes to us via the August 7, 1861 issue […]

“I go in search of brother”

July 22, 2011 by


22nd. I go in search of brother Wm* who had been badly wounded; find him near the battlefield, and take him with other to the Junction. I then go in search of some other wounded, and find a few. Start to F. Royal at midnight with them. I am very wet from being in the […]

At the First Manassas/Bull Run Sesquicentennial event, today

July 21, 2011 by


I was there… got to Manassas early… The pretty cool looking Virginia 150 Historymobile… Crowd was relatively light, but then… it was hot, and on a workday. Did I say it was hot?! Of course, the Stonewall on steroids statue… A view toward the speakers’ platform from the rear hooves of Stonewall’s mount. Also had […]

Reveille by picket fire, and a cannon…

July 21, 2011 by


This morning we were awakened by the firing of our pickets. After eating a hearty breakfast and filling our haversacks with provisions, we were again on the march. The artillery of the enemy could be distinctly heard on our right. After marching and counter marching for sometime, we were stationed within a-half mile of the […]