Browsing All posts tagged under »Page County Virginia«

Tangents, and looking for intersections, Part 2

June 26, 2011 by


So, about that Jessie Scout that I’ve been mentioning… First, Jessie Scouts were known to be of great value to the Union cavalry, but… often it was because they wore gray… not blue. According to this site, The concept involving the use of enlisted Union soldiers as scouts, in enemy uniform, collecting information while operating […]

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

April 3, 2011 by


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 […]

“I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man!”

March 9, 2011 by


Well, the quote from True Grit is at least fitting, in part… the part relating to bold talk coming from different enlistees, early in the Civil War, or suggestions that an ancestor was making a bold statement, through his enlistment, when there is nothing there to prove it. I doubt many could claim the one-eyed […]

Yes, Page County, you once had slaves…

January 16, 2011 by


While the audience of this blog is typically from well beyond the boundaries of my home county (and, I’m happy to say, even beyond the confines of this continent), I frequently look back to that place, as I have spent a considerable number of years writing about its history. No doubt, it’s fascinating to me […]

Anxious for secesh; not so anxious to fight

April 11, 2008 by


No, it wasn’t a standard feeling of those who voted for “secesh,” but I do think it’s worth mentioning (especially in the wake of the quick analysis of the referendum numbers) that some who were anxious for secession and likely voted for it in the referendum, weren’t so eager to defend the very “cause” that […]


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