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“Did people call him a Union man?” “Yes, sir, and a great many called him a damn Yankee all the time.”

July 7, 2012 by


My attention to the details of his life just weren’t there… it seemed they didn’t need to be… as a father-in-law to one of my distant uncles, John William Neer was an indirect link in the family tree… and, at one time, I knew nothing of his life, other than that indirect connection. Over time, […]

The mustering of troops in Virginia… revisiting enlistments in the militia

May 18, 2011 by


It’s the middle of May 1861… and Virginians are flocking to units across the state… In some areas of Virginia, the mustering of troops for Virginia units (ultimately assigned to the cause of the Confederacy) began as early as the day the news of secession hit the streets. No doubt, some were quite eager to […]

The Arsenal ablaze in the distance…

April 18, 2011 by


This is what Strother sketched from somewhere around Bolivar Heights, for 9:30 p.m., April 18, 1861… noting that the time was earlier than some affix to the event… View from Bolivar Heights, afternoon of April 18, 2011… Marker on Bolivar Heights, recognizing the events of April 18, 1861 (and later that year)… Another view of […]

What the Virginia militia wore…

April 18, 2011 by


The Jefferson Guard (local, from Jefferson County) wore this blue uniform… While other local militia wore something more along this line… But then, looking at Strother’s sketch from Halltown, it appears there was more of an assortment, with civilian-looking attire being rather dominant… at least around 5 p.m.

A misunderstanding of the circumstances behind Virginia’s seizing Harpers Ferry?

July 1, 2009 by


Reading a comment in another blog today, I can’t help but lay-out the facts surrounding Virginia’s seizing of the Harpers Ferry Arsenal in April 1861.  The question is, was it really a “legal” action from the perspective of the (then) Virginia government? The fact of the matter is that the plans to seize the US Arsenal in […]