Browsing All posts tagged under »Southern Unionists«

When a little goes a long way

September 8, 2010 by


Taking time to walk through the Winchester National Cemetery, it’s obvious the purpose for which this cemetery was made… as a place in which to bury (actually, rebury) Union soldiers. In addition to the graves that dot this relatively small parcel of land, there are also a number of monuments recognizing the sacrifices of men […]

The Southern Citizen Rescue Expedition of 1861-1865

June 2, 2010 by


I enjoy looking at history from different angles, and I’ve actually been thinking about the Southern Unionists thing in a different way. Interestingly, in a ListServ discussion today (I know, Kevin, I still haven’t learned my lesson), it came to mind once again. It might seem trivial to some, but I don’t necessarily believe it […]

Quick observations on Strother’s “recollections”

May 14, 2010 by


The first thing that strikes me about Strother’s recollections is that, even after the war, he refers to himself as a Virginian, not as a West Virginian. Does this have a purpose or is it simply a projection of who he was, what he was, at the time these events were unfolding? Obviously, he sees […]

Genl. Grant…

April 27, 2010 by


Here’s to Genl. Grant on his 188th birthday… As a Southerner with ancestors who fought with him and against him, I’m always intrigued by the man. I personally admire his absolute determination, and am quite fascinated when I find hints of him in the history of my home county (Page County) in Virginia. Just a […]

It’s “show and tell” day! … with a family artifact

January 27, 2010 by


I consider myself truly fortunate to have a range of family “artifacts”, though I wish I had more that related to the Civil War era… sigh… Anyway, for your consideration today, I have, well, let me simply call her “Aunt”. I say this, of course, because in the days of slavery, so many slaves were […]

The Loyal Ladies of Winchester, Virginia

January 19, 2010 by


As one who is particularly interested in information about Southern Unionists in the Shenandoah Valley, this image truly ranks among those rich discoveries found at places where I would have never anticipated. Regretfully, it’s hard to make out what the flag looked like (it also doesn’t help when I can’t use a flash!), specifically, but, […]

“The Home Brigade”

January 9, 2010 by


Just a quick plug-in to yesterday’s post… All this talk about Unionists in western Maryland… well, what were their motivations for enlisting (those that did) and what was their intent (in regard to the manner in which they would deal with the secession crisis) after donning blue? For the most part, it may be a […]

Maryland and “the despot’s heel”

January 8, 2010 by


The deeper I get into the history of events in central and western Maryland, the more I am convinced that the “despot’s heel” argument really holds little weight. Not only is the state song out of date, it never really reflected the Civil War era opinion of the state as a whole. What prompted today’s […]

Status of Southern Unionists Chronicles

January 6, 2010 by


Yes, it’s still active. Until today, I haven’t posted anything in months, but reader activity has been on and off, and, when there are comments, the discussion has proven enjoyable. What I like most is hearing from those who are descended from Southern Unionists and “can handle the truth.” It’s really refreshing. True, I get […]

The Border State Representatives Respond to Lincoln’s Appeal

January 4, 2010 by


The following is a response to the appeal made by Lincoln (in this blog post from December) prior to the Emancipation Proclamation. It appeared on the same page, immediately following the President’s appeal, in the July 30, 1862 edition of the Hagerstown Herald of Freedom of Torch Light. Reply of the Majority. The following paper […]

John Minor Botts shares some thoughts on John Brown’s raid… and a little more

October 19, 2009 by


I’ll get back to my thread of posts on Southern Unionism in western Maryland (which began here), but today, considering the 150th anniversary events surrounding John Brown’s raid over the past weekend, I want to post something rooted in thoughts of the raid. Actually, while scrolling through the old CW-era Hagerstown newspapers this weekend, I […]

Were “Black Republican Proclivities” at play in Clear Spring?

October 14, 2009 by


Before I start with the article, I thought that I should point out… the Hagerstown Mail was a pro-secession publication, unlike Hagerstown’s Herald of Freedom and Torch Light. Apparently, the Mail, seeing all the talk (examples here and here) of strong Unionism in Clear Spring, thought that the town’s strong leanings toward Union might be influenced by […]

The day after the Clear Spring Union Meeting… a meeting at nearby Four Locks

October 12, 2009 by


If you aren’t familiar with that particular part of western Maryland, Four Locks is just to the South of Clear Spring, and located on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Interestingly (at least to me), my third great grandparents Moore were listed as residents of Clear Spring AND Four Locks in the 1860 census. I suppose […]

Understanding Unionism in the Maryland “borderland”

September 30, 2009 by


Some are aware of my latest efforts in developing a unit history for Cole’s Cavalry, so I thought I’d occasionally share samplings of some findings. One of the things that strikes me about some of the Marylanders in the unit is the way that they considered themselves Southerners… and most really were since the majority of men […]

Confederate ancestor analysis #3 – Joseph Richards

September 2, 2009 by


Joseph Richards was born in 1833 (the third of seven children) to Aquilla and “Millie” Keyser Richards. Aquilla was of Welsh descent (the family having entered Pennsylvania in the late 1600s/early 1700s), while Millie was of German and English ancestry. In the 1850 census, after the death of his father, Aquilla (ca. 1804-ca. 1849), Joseph, […]

“Turncoat Virginians”

August 27, 2009 by


When reviewing a Confederate unit history recently, I ran across a remark made by the contemporary author (not a person who actually lived during the Civil War) about the men of Samuel Means‘ Loudoun Rangers (see this link for an interesting history of the unit… strange to say, the author of this article also uses the word “turncoat” […]

… and yet another huge Confederate flag?

June 9, 2009 by


Noting today’s post on Kevin’s blog about the recently raised Confederate flag (yes, another huge one) in Tennessee and a few comments made by H.K. Edgerton. I thought I’d bring up a point that appears to have been totally and completely ignored in Edgerton’s comment. He said… “This is a southern flag. You can’t attack this […]

A visit to the American Civil War Center

April 20, 2009 by


On Saturday afternoon, I had the opportunity to visit the American Civil War Center, and, as one who is in search of how Southern Unionists are represented in reflections of the Civil War, I began my walk-through anticipating what I might find. While an interesting and different way to present the history of the war […]

Southerners “honoring” Southern heritage

February 20, 2009 by


I just added a link to Greg Rowe’s blog because… he gets it. Through his words I can see that he is one of a growing number of Southerners who, after a long journey, is like me and is still learning to appreciate ALL facets of Civil War-era “Southern heritage” and is not caught up in “selective […]

Another new beginning, from a few years back

January 23, 2009 by


“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.

State-by-state comparison of secession referendum numbers

December 9, 2008 by


Being just plain curious about the secession referendum in other states, I started looking-up the numbers a short time ago, and what I found surprised me. Texas, Tennessee, and Virginia appear to be the only states to actually allow the public to voice their opinion on the idea of secession. In Texas, the vote was […]

The State of this Blog

November 2, 2008 by


In the wake of the digital history-focused discussions (here and here) of last week, I figured it was time to check the stats for this blog. Though it did not really go active until February 21, 2008, I actually opened the blog site on November 3, 2007. So, though it has been an “active blog” […]

The Haynes-Beylor Murder

October 3, 2008 by


Picking up from where I left off with my last post… As I prepared to begin work on my thesis, I began sorting out my “findings” from the newspapers and Southern Unionist claims. Despite all that I already had, there was more to be learned. In fact, I exchanged e-mails with one person who made me aware […]

“Southern Heritage”

September 5, 2008 by


Abstracted from a portion of my response to a comment…” Depending on how it is used, “Southern Heritage” does not necessarily mean “Confederate heritage.” To be Southerner does not mean that one had to be Confederate. For that matter, to have “Southern Heritage” does not mean that the ancestry alive at the time of the war, was “exclusively […]

“Perspectives” on the Civil War

September 3, 2008 by


Noting two (see 1 & 2 ) different blog posts that mention a relatively recent newspaper article, I began to think about the reasons for giving a “sectional perspective” of the Civil War. In this article there is something about one of the goals of the SCV. Granted, the words appear to be that of the author […]

The fate of Southern Unionists in the upcoming sesquicentennial

July 12, 2008 by


I’ve been thinking about this and I’m concerned. As we rapidly approach the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, will remembrance events once again ignore Southern Unionists? Why should I worry? Well, for starters, I have heard that with the Virginia Sesquicentennial Committee there is a reluctance in addressing the issue of slavery and that […]

Southern Unionists as traitors to the Confederacy?

June 11, 2008 by


Recently, I read something about somebody portraying Gen. George H. Thomas at living histories and some people referring to him as a traitor to his own people. Really, I find that a very odd statement to make regarding people of the South who preferred to remain loyal to the United States. While it’s true that […]

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 […]

A pause in the data-flow regarding thoughts about Civil War sentiments in the Shenandoah Valley

April 4, 2008 by


Since I’m unable to find the next set of stats that I had planned to post today, I figured that this was a good opportunity to pause a bit and reflect on what I’ve put online and what is yet to come. About two years ago, when I was compiling data for my thesis, I […]

Southern Unionist Claims for the Shenandoah Valley

April 3, 2008 by


While the referendum vote on secession for the different counties of the Shenandoah Valley may reflect one thing (most especially to someone who doesn’t look beyond raw numbers), deeper probing into other numbers brings about a need to investigate even further. That said, the following is submitted for consideration in combination with my post from […]


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