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Jackson’s gone

December 6, 2012 by

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Some might expect to see this title this coming May. Others might get what I’m saying, realizing that I’m referring to Jackson leaving the Valley, 150 years ago last month. As things were I just wasn’t able to post within the Sesqui envelope, in conjunction with the actual dates… but it was on my mind […]

Shenandoah Valley African-Americans in the Civil War… a sampling

October 30, 2011 by

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You might recall a post from this past July, in which I briefly mentioned Shenandoah Valley African-Americans in the USCT. I haven’t had as much time to work with that project as I would like, but it’s one that is always on my mind. Perhaps, over winter, I’ll be able to wrap it up. Anyway, […]

Winchester to Halltown

April 18, 2011 by

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By dusk, the Virginia troops arrived in Winchester, returned the horses to the farmers, and begins to wait for rail cars to haul them on the Winchester and Potomac Railroad, 28 miles, to Halltown. From there, the guns would be moved to Bolivar Heights, arriving at about 4 a.m. on April 19. General Kenton Harper, […]

Finding Lieutenant Metz…

January 5, 2011 by

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Some folks might not have an appreciation for it, but… while researching, writing, and battlefield walking is a lot of fun, grave-hunting can also be a rewarding way to enjoy the history of the Civil War. Sure, you hear about people going to major cemeteries like Hollywood, Arlington, etc., etc., but how many are willing […]

Willa Cather’s Civil War Heritage

December 8, 2010 by

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I’m a huge fan of Writer’s Almanac, partly because it’s a great audio morsel that brings back hints of a time long gone, and partly because I’ve enjoyed listening to Garrison Keillor on Prairie Home Companion for years.  Additionally, I enjoy the closing remark, and find it encouraging at the beginning of the work day… […]

Personal recollections of the Civil War. By a Virginian. (D.H. Strother) [Installment 4]

August 1, 2010 by

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Returning to where I left off (my June 1, 2010/third installment of D.H. Strother’s “Recollections”), when Strother was present for the actions leading up to the taking of Harper’s Ferry by Virginia militia… and when he encountered “old friends” who were partaking in the endeavor… As these gentlemen had unadvisedly, perhaps, communicated their plans to […]

The Loyal Ladies of Winchester, Virginia

January 19, 2010 by

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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, […]

On election day eve… Monday night, November 5, 1860

November 4, 2008 by

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As a follow-up to my two posts (Oct. 29 & 30) about Stephen Douglas’ visit to Staunton and Harrisonburg, Virginia, I was wondering… as Virginians stood on the eve of the election of 1860, what were their thoughts? Flipping through the “virtual stack” of digitized era newspapers, I find that we have access to copies of the Richmond Dispatch, Staunton’s […]