Author Archives: Bert Dunkerly

Maggie Walker and how she valued history

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article about African American banker Maggie Walker and her impact on the banking industry. I’m always glad to see her get recognition for her hard work in banking and her leadership in civil … Continue reading

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Home Libraries: The Franklin Street Library

I love books. I mean really love books. They’re everywhere in my house, in nearly every room. I always loved to read and loved having books, but really got into collecting while in my first Park Service position after graduate … Continue reading

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Intersections of History at Turner’s Gap

We often find layers of history when we least expect it. Take Turner’s Gap on South Mountain in central Maryland. Most of us know this was the primary gap through the mountains, fought over in September, 1862 as part of … Continue reading

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The Louisiana Tigers at Gaines’ Mill

Major Chatham Roberdeau Wheat and the Louisiana Tigers loom large in Civil War history. Such a famous, and ferocious unit, and its commander, met its end outside of Richmond in June, 1862. At six feet, two inches, and weight about … Continue reading

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April Anniversaries

Every April I reflect on the events of 1865.  I’ve always been interested in this transitional period as the war ends and Reconstruction begins.  Having worked at Appomattox Court House and researched the surrender in North Carolina, it is only … Continue reading

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My Most Important History Teacher

I was on the fence about where to go. Two schools had emerged at the top of my list, with good history programs. Then I heard about Chris. She’s the reason I chose St. Vincent College, in Latrobe, PA. Dr. … Continue reading

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The 44th Mississippi at Stones River: True Courage

In 1861 men from the far reaches of Mississippi were organized into the 1st Mississippi Infantry Battalion, or Blythe’s Battalion. These volunteers came from Calhoun, Clay, and De Soto counties in the north, as well as from Amite County in … Continue reading

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Governor Wise’s Response To John Brown’s Raid

When violence broke out at Harper’s Ferry, Henry A. Wise was governor of Virginia. In the aftermath of the raid, Virginians were on edge: fears of slave revolt were everywhere and the feeling grew that the Federal Government could not … Continue reading

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The Eternal Flame of the Confederacy

Today there is not much tangible Civil War history in Atlanta, its battlefields largely paved over and few antebellum buildings surviving the war. Yet Atlanta has something unique: an Eternal Flame of the Confederacy. The term “Eternal Flame” conjures up … Continue reading

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The Origins of Memorial Day

Across the country there will be Memorial Day ceremonies today. I recently had the chance to visit two towns that claim the origins of Memorial Day.  Last September I was in upstate New York, near Waterloo. Reading up on the … Continue reading

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