Tag Archives: Memory

Day Four: I Have Seen the King

Part nine in a series I’m not going to pretend to make a Civil War connection between Elvis Presley and the Civil War. We’re passing through Tupelo, Mississippi, on our way from Vicksburg to Corinth, so I’m stopping at the … Continue reading

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Day One: Stone Mountain

Part three in a series Stonewall Jackson has always loomed large in my family’s life. He’s the reason Stephanie fell in love with the Civil War back when she was four, and her love affair dragged us all with it. … Continue reading

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Rituals and Remembrance at Spotsy

If John Sedgwick were alive today, he’d say, “See? I told you they couldn’t hit elephant at that distance!” He’d also probably say, “Gosh, I’m really old.” So old, in fact, that he’d barely have the strength to speak, so … Continue reading

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Wilderness and Ward and Ulysses S. Grant

At the end of April 1885, Ulysses S. Grant knew he was dying. In fact, he had almost died earlier that month. Throat cancer ravaged him, and in late March, his condition collapsed so severely that it nearly killed him. … Continue reading

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The East Room / April 20, 1865, 3:00 AM

It was only a still night if the weather was what counted. The White House, draped inside and out with mourning, was surrounded by military guards, and citizens who ranged from morbidly curious to brokenhearted.

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O Captain! My Captain!

There are many excellent reasons why Walt Whitman is considered the poet laureate of the American Civil War. His poetic style is much closer to that of the 20th century’s free verse rather than the labored rhyme schemes so popular … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Appomattox (part three)

One of the dearly held tenets of the Lost Cause is that Southerners didn’t lose because they were outfought. Rather, Ulysses S. Grant only won because he had more soldiers and so overwhelmed the Confederates. Isn’t that the point?

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Thoughts on Appomattox (part two)

“It’s a sad day in Civil War history,” my friend Frank said to me yesterday. It was April 9. “Depends on whose side you were on,” I said with the hint of a chuckle—but Frank looked like he was ready … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: January 26, 2015

I’m sure I’m not the only person who got the Civil War Sesquicentennial tumbler set for Christmas. The set contains glasses with four Confederates (Davis, Lee, Jackson, and Stuart) and four Federals (Lincoln, Grant, Sherman, and McClellan). 

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What Are We Remembering at Gettysburg’s Remembrance Day?

For the past decade I have either participated in and or viewed Gettysburg’s annual Remembrance Day Parade.  To honor President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and those that gave their “last full measure of devotion,” Gettysburg has two different, annual events.  Commemorating … Continue reading

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