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A seemingly odd two to be paired…

April 20, 2011 by

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After all, two very different causes… but, still… both acted in what amounts to be conspiracy with the intent to commit treason… against the Commonwealth of Virginia. I find it incredibly strange how some seem to forgive and forget (heck, many probably aren’t aware of Henry A. Wise and his actions, at all) when it […]

Henry A. Wise… traitor to Virginia?

April 20, 2011 by

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So, did Henry A. Wise betray Virginia? Give it some thought. Yes, we can see that Virginia was riding a fine line. There were secessionists; there were Unionists… and among the Unionists, we can see a wide range of what it meant to be a Unionist. We have the unconditional Unionists, who were not budging […]

Wise pushes Virginia over the edge

April 17, 2011 by

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Morning of April 17, 1861… On the floor of the Virginia Convention, ex-Governor Wise put on quite a show. After drawing a horse pistol from his bosom and laying it on the table in front of him, he (according to a delegate present) “proceeded to harangue the body in the most violent and denunciatory manner. […]

“You were once… Governor… and we will take orders from you, sir.”

April 16, 2011 by

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During the next few days of the Sesquicentennial, I’ll have a few things to say about what I believe to be a dark time in Virginia’s history. But, why? I’ll keep it simple. On April 15, John D. Imboden was summoned to Richmond, for a meeting with ex-Governor Henry A. Wise. They met on the […]

Virginia’s Person of the Year for 1861 would be… ???

February 26, 2011 by

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Yes, I know, there are lots of folks out there who would immediately proclaim Robert E. Lee as Virginia’s Man Person of the Year for 1861… without giving the question further thought. Yet, I think that identifies a problem. Personally, I think the question merits further thought. What, exactly, would make someone a “person of […]

… and from Harper’s Ferry, Strother writes…

October 18, 2010 by

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Picking-up from where Strother left off yesterday… Early on the morning of the 18th I went up street and there met Joe Burns who informed me that our boys had had a fight and that seven or eight of them had been wounded, two supposed mortally, this was exciting and hurrying to the Depot I […]