(Original Press Release from American Battlefields Trust, December 3, 2020)
A new report by a trio of preservation advocacy groups offers best practices for the expansion of utility-scale solar energy, so the growth of this important 21st century infrastructure will not encroach on Virginia’s many historic landscapes and resources. In fact, the movement toward renewable rather than finite energy resources is more than compatible with historic preservation — proactive consideration of the past can even increase the likelihood of permitting success for such projects.
In Siting Solar in Virginia: Protecting Virginia’s Historic Landscapes While Meeting State’s Clean Energy Goals, the American Battlefield Trust — a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit dedicated to protecting hallowed ground dating to the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War — Cultural Heritage Partners, a law and policy firm with offices in Washington and Richmond, and Preservation Virginia, the nation’s oldest state-wide preservation organization, offer a roadmap for how utility-scale solar developers can thoughtfully address historic resources in their projects and help distinguish themselves as leaders for the rest of the country on solar projects. Continue reading
A new six minute video highlights some of the 2,200 flags preserved in the Flag Room of the New York State Capitol. Most of the flags were used by New York troops from the War of 1812 through the modern conflicts in the Middle East, including many from Civil War regiments. Continue reading
The cartoon “A National Game That Is Played Out” by Thomas Nast appeared in Harper’s Weekly Dec. 23, 1876. The cartoon depicts the ballot box as a football being kicked around by politicians.
ECW welcomes back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog
The Election of 1876 was the most contentious in United States history. While Lincoln’s election in 1860 had more tumultuous consequences, once the Democratic Party split into its “National” and “Southern” wings, Lincoln’s victory was assured. The winner of the 1876 race was hardly certain for nearly four months after the citizenry had cast their ballots. Even the method for determining the victor was in doubt for months.
I want to look at the days leading up to Election Day on November 7, 1876 ,and the thirty days immediately following. These weeks did not resolve the electoral crisis; they only set the stage for the struggle in which neither side would concede defeat, and both parties used every means at their disposal to try to conjure victory. As usual, you can find my sources by following the links. Continue reading
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Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Jeffrey Webb…
The Confederate Army’s John McCausland waited on the outskirts of Appomattox on Sunday morning, April 9, 1865. At that point, the brigadier general’s command, in his own words, “was reduced to a mere skeleton of 200 men.” When news reached him of Lee’s surrender, he knew it was all over. McCausland turned to the man next to him and said, “Let’s get out of here.”
General McCausland, pictured here, earned the nickname “Tiger John” from his troops. To southerners, he’d be remembered as the savior of Lynchburg. To northerners, he’d always be the destroyer of Chambersburg. (Washington & Lee University Digital Exhibits)
Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in November at his blog, Maine at War:
November 4, 2020: Antietam burial map, part 3: A Maine name stands out
Among the 50 Union graves identified on the recently discovered Antietam burial map is that of Asa Reed, a young 10th Maine Infantry private. Continue reading
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“Execution of John Brown” by David Hunter Strother
When John Brown’s body dropped through the gallows’ trap door in a field outside Charlestown, Virginia, at approximately 11 a.m. on December 2, 1859, only about 1,500 Virginia militia, Virginia Military Institute Cadets, and a handful of United States soldiers witnessed Brown’s last breath escape his body. Virginia Governor Henry Wise made it so. In fact, he wanted it that way. No civilians, just the military. (Wise was worried about rumored abolitionists who might try to free Brown at the last minute so he banned any civilians from attending the execution.)
Though most Americans did not see Brown’s final moments in person, they did not pass the time idly by. Bells echoed across the North at the hanging hour. Businesses closed. Churches held prayer services. Brown might have died in a field guarded by armed militia but more than 1,500 eyes were focused on the Charlestown gallows at the time of his execution. The North observed his death with solemnity while Southerners observed Brown’s hanging with one eye and kept the other watching the reactions of the North. Brown’s trial, not his raid, made him a martyr in the eyes of some Northerners, a sizable enough portion to make Southerners weary of Brown’s increasing popularity. Continue reading
By Mike Movius, President
Civil War Round Table Congress
“How do you know what you know?” That seems like a crazy question to ask those of you who have been involved in your CWRT for so long. But, let me explain my point. All too often, we rely on intuition about which months are the best to hold meetings, the type of subject matter members like best, who the speaker should be, etc. But is that really the best way to operate?
I’m suggesting that it’s not. Simply put: things change. For example, fewer and fewer people read the daily newspaper to find out about public events. Fewer people carry cash or write checks when making purchases. And heavy traffic and the scarcity of parking have become big barriers to many.
Let’s take a look at meeting attendance, for example. Member meeting attendance can be affected by any number of things including vacations, illness, the weather, the topic, etc. But, if we had attendance data, we might be able to improve member satisfaction, meeting attendance AND recruitment. Continue reading